Bulgarians, Romanians will pay more than other EU citizens for UK seasonal work visas
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It has also expanded the programme, with 30,000 visas set to be made available for those wanting to come and work on UK farms for a period of up to six months in 2021.
The government says that these workers will play a vital role in helping horticulture growers pick and package their produce, whilst reducing their reliance on migrant labour as the country comes to terms with its painful exit from the EU.
However, the high price of the permits – 244 UK pounds – may be far beyond many potential short-term workers, especially those from the east of Europe.
What’s more, while the citizens of most EU countries – as well as Turks and Macedonians – are offered a 55 UK pounds reduction, Bulgarians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Romanians and Slovenians are not. ■