Defra issues advice on applying for poultry worker visas

Defra has published guidance about how to apply for temporary poultry worker visas. 

You must apply for poultry workers under the temporary visa scheme by 15 November 2021. All temporary visas for poultry workers will expire on 31 December 2021. The government announced the change in policy to allow in up to 5,500 poultry workers at the end of September.

People filling the following roles are eligible under the scheme:

  • butcher (occupation code 5431)
  • bird or game dresser (occupation code 5433)
  • killer and plucker (occupation code 5433)
  • plucker (occupation code 5433)
  • poulterer (occupation code 5433)
  • poultry processor (occupation code 5433)
  • poultry sticker (occupation code 5433)
  • trusser (occupation code 5433)
  • food operative (occupation code 8111)
  • poultry catcher or handler (occupation code 9111)
  • poultry vaccinator (occupation code 9119)
  • poultry meat packer (occupation code 9134)

Full guidance can be found via the Defra website, here

Recruit a poultry worker or HGV food driver with a temporary visa – GOV.UK (

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