LONDON, UK – The Home Office is looking at plans for “barista visas” to ensure coffee shops and pubs are fully staffed after Brexit. Young European citizens would be able to come to the UK to work in the hospitality industry for two years under the plans.
But they would not be allowed to claim benefits or free housing when free movement within the EU ends after Britain leaves.
The British Hospitality industry has warned that the shortage of British workers in hotels and restaurants is so severe that many will go bust without a steady stream of migrants.
The two-year visa plan was suggested by Lord Green of the think-tank Migration Watch UK. A senior source at the Home Office told The Sun it was a “good idea”.
The proposal is based on the current Youth Mobility Visas for travellers from a handful of countries including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, who are aged between 18 and 30. The youngsters must have no dependants and at least £1,890 in savings.