It’s WWOOFing as usual in the UK – welcome everyone!
The result of the recent EU Referendum (Brexit) will not affect WWOOFing plans in the immediate or near future.
*** INFORMATION FOR VISITORS FROM OUTSIDE EUROPE ***
Entering the UK as a 'general visitor' (tourist)
Recently, changes were made to the UK Immigration Rules which clarify the type of activities visitors to the UK are permitted to undertake, and for how long. These changes took effect on 6th April 2015 and are updated regularly - it will take a long time for everyone to learn the new rules (including Immigration Officers), so we recommended you print out the relevant text and carry it with you.
WWOOFing is not work, it is volunteering
However, you must ensure the main reason for your trip to the UK is as a visitor, not as a volunteer.
Be prepared to emphasise this if questioned by Immigration Officers.
It is your responsibility to understand the rules and how they relate to your visit to the UK.
It might be useful to make sure you have a way of pointing Immigration Officers to these UK Government websites, so they can see where you got the wording from. Don't assume that everyone working at the UK border knows all the details of all the rules.
We cannot offer any advice on individual circumstances – our website tells you all we know!
However we are always trying to make it easier for our members to understand the immigration rules, so please get in touch with us if you or anyone you know has had any problems when coming to WWOOF in the UK - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tier 5 (Charity Workers) visa
We are frequently asked about the Tier 5 (Charity Workers) visa. We believe that this visa cannot be obtained for WWOOFing. Neither WWOOF UK nor its host farms can act as sponsor for Tier 5 visa applications.
Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme
If you are from Australia, Japan, Canada or New Zealand and aged between 18-30 years old, you might be eligible for the Youth Mobility Scheme. You can only get this kind of visa once in a lifetime, and if you have previously visited the UK on a working holidaymaker visa you will not be eligible for this scheme.
Visiting the UK on the Youth Mobility Scheme entitles you to stay in the UK for up to 2 years, and undertake whatever work you like, including voluntary placements – such as WWOOFing. To be eligible you must satisfy the following criteria:
- Aged between 18-30
- Have no dependents
- Be from a participating country
- Demonstrate that they have at least £1890 in available funds
- Obtain entry clearance
For more details and to download an application form, visit the UK Border Agency website:
Other visas for volunteering in the UK from outside the European Union or EEA*
If you are coming to the UK principally for an activity other than volunteering (such as employment, studying, or as a spouse), it is possible that you will be able to volunteer with WWOOF as an additional activity. Please make sure to check your visa or entry clearance requirements, and make sure that you are allowed to volunteer on your visa.
Neither WWOOF UK nor WWOOF hosts can write letters of invitation, or allow their address to be used on visa application forms - please do not ask your host to do this.
You can check the UK border Agency website for the details of your specific visa or entry clearance:
* The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the countries of the European Union, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.