UK announces Health and Care Visa: Here’s all you need to know
It would create a faster visa routine for eligible health and care professionals.
The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has launched the Health and Care Visa. This new initiative will make it easier and quicker for healthcare professionals from across the globe to come to the UK.
The Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care launched the new Health and Care Visa that would create a faster visa routine for eligible health and care professionals.
This has been done to show how committed the government is to the NHS and the wider health and care sector.
Health care professionals to be accommodated from across the globe
Health care professionals from across the globe will now be able to work in the NHS, or for NHS commissioned service providers, and in other occupations in the social care sector with ease.
The legislation required to pave the path for the Health and Care Visa has already been laid in the parliament, and health professionals can now apply. It will come with a decreased visa-application fee, compared to that paid by other workers, including the exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Professionals that apply for the visa can work in the UK within three weeks, after biometric enrolment. Those who don’t qualify for the Health and Care Visa will still be able to claim reimbursement from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
As part of the Health and Care Visa, those who applied through the visa and their dependents, will be exempted from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
The UK government is already refunding the payments by any healthcare professionals on Tier 2 visas, and the process will go on. The Department of Health and Social Care is working with the sector to make arrangements for reimbursing health and social care staff outside the scope of the Health and Care visa. These arrangements will begin from the first of October 2020.
“This new visa is a part of our new immigration system, making it quicker, easier and cheaper for the best and brightest health and care professionals from around the globe to work in our brilliant NHS”, said the Home Secretary Priti Patel.
The Home Office is also wholeheartedly supporting frontline healthcare staff through initiatives like visa extensions and the creation of the bereavement scheme.
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