UK News:Government launches Health and Care Visa to ensure UK health and care services have access to the best global talent (Apply Now)
The new Health and Care Visa will make it cheaper, quicker, and easier for healthcare professionals from around the world to come to the UK.
Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Government launches Health and Care Visa to ensure UK health and care services have access to the best global talent article
The Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have today announced the new Health and Care Visa will be launched this Summer, creating a new fast-track visa route for eligible health and care professionals and delivering on a key manifesto commitment.
They have also today announced further details on how the exemption to the Immigration Health Surcharge will work for health and care staff, who will now be permanently exempt from this charge.
The Home Secretary and Health and Social Care Secretary have together developed the Health and Care Visa to demonstrate the government’s commitment to deliver for the NHS and wider health and care sector. It is designed to make it easier and quicker for the best global health professionals to work in the NHS, for NHS commissioned service providers, and in eligible occupations in the social care sector.
The legislation needed to open this new route will be laid in Parliament today and health professionals will be able to apply from August.
The new Health and Care Visa will come with a reduced visa application fee compared to that paid by other skilled workers, including exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge. Health and care professionals applying on this route can also expect a decision on whether they can work in the UK within just three weeks, following biometric enrolment. Those working in health and social care who do not qualify for the Health and Care Visa will still be able to claim a reimbursement from the Immigration Health Surcharge if they have paid this on or after 31 March.