Barista Visas – hope for the hospitality industry?

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is considering plans to introduce “barista visas” to ensure the hospitality sector is fully staffed after Brexit. Under the plans, young European citizens would be allowed to work in restaurants, bars and coffee shops for 2 years once Britain leaves the EU, but they would not be allowed to claim benefits or free housing.

This could see the existing Youth Mobility Scheme, which applies to workers aged 18-30 from countries such as Australia, Canada and Japan, being rolled out to cover countries across the EU. Young Europeans could work within the hospitality sector but would not become long-term immigrants.

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