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Temporary visa for 10,500 foreign workers in the UK to work in freight before Christmas

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2021 – 3:49 AM | Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2021 – 3:49 p.m.

Amid a shortage of drivers in the country following Britain’s exit from the European Union, the British Ministry of Defense has said it will provide more staff to provide visa services to drivers of freight vehicles.
More than 10,000 foreign workers will be temporarily allowed to work as truck drivers and in the food sector as many ministers in the country will save Christmas from a shortage of supplies.
In an effort to retain offers during the festive season, these visas are designed to employ 5,000 truck drivers and 5,500 poultry workers in the UK until Christmas Eve, making it possible to issue temporary visas.
Transport Secretary Grant Shops says the first visas will be available next month to “ensure continued preparations” for the holiday season.
Retailers have warned the government that it has only 10 days to save Christmas from a “major setback” due to a shortage of about 90,000 drivers in the freight sector.
The UK food and beverage and logistics companies also welcomed the visa changes, with Federation President Ian Wright describing the measures as “practical”.
The announcement comes amid easing queues at petrol stations due to a shortage of specialized tanker drivers, which has forced some fuel distributors to shut down some pumps.

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