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The UK Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care declared on 14th July 2020 concerning the new Health and Care Visa to be introduced this Summer. The health professionals will be able to apply and applications are going to open for new Heath and Care Visa from 04th August 2020.

According to the above news article, the UK Government introduces new Health and Care Visa services to ensure the UK health and care services have access to the best global talent and it states ‘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’.

From across the globe, eligible foreign health and care professionals will be able to apply for the new UK Health and Care Visa from August 2020, and this visa type is not a new route, however, will fall under TIER 2 Visa route. This visa category is aimed to make it a tranquil and expeditious route for the best global health specialists to work for the NHS appointed service providers, in the NHS and eligible occupations in the public care sector.

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The eligible list of professions for UK Health and Care Visa is as follows:

  • 2112 – Biological scientists and biochemists
  • 2113 – Physical Scientists
  • 2211 – Medical Practitioners
  • 2212 – Psychologists
  • 2213 – Pharmacists
  • 2214 – Ophthalmic Opticians
  • 2215 – Dental practitioners
  • 2217 – Medical Radiographers
  • 2218 – Podiatrists
  • 2219 – Health Professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2221 – Physiotherapists
  • 2222 – Occupational Therapists
  • 2223 – Speech and Language Therapists
  • 2229 – Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2231 – Nurses
  • 2232 – Midwives
  • 2442 – Social Workers
  • 3213 – Paramedics

This is a comprehensive list and aspirants should be taking on employment among one of the top of the mentioned occupations to be eligible for Health and Care Visa and will need to meet all relevant criteria under Tier 2 (General) route.

This new Health and Care Visa will derive with a reduced visa application fee compared to that paid by other skilled workers and it also enables exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), and whose dependants apply via this visa will also be exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge. The workers in the health and public care sector who do not qualify under new Health and Care Visa and had applied in the past can still claim an Immigration Health Surcharge reimbursement if paid on or after 31st March 2020.

Decisions on Health and Care Visa applications will be made within 3 weeks following biometrics enrollment.

The commencement of this Health and Care Visa will apply to suitable roles within the health and care sector, as the occurrence of recent months due to Coronavirus situation have demonstrated what a crucial role the care sector plays in the UK society and across the world and launch of this visa follows a number of unparalleled events to show the UK’s gratitude to the frontline health workers from abroad. The visa includes a prevalent focus on training and introducing an appropriate occupation arrangement to provide opportunities for those in health and care sectors.

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