Update on new Health and Care Visa
Recently the government has provided further detail on the UK’s new points based system. One key development confirmed that social care workers do not qualify for the government's new health and care visa.
The new health and care visa will provide a route for key health professionals to work in the UK. Whilst the Home Office has given details of a fast-track entry system for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many care workers will not be covered by the new scheme.
Occupations which are not eligible for the Skilled Worker route include:
- care assistant;
- care worker;
- home care assistant;
- home carer support; and
- support worker (nursing home)
For those eligible for the new health and care visa, they will thankfully pay reduced fees and be supported through the application process; with decisions expected to be provided within 3 weeks. Also, successful applicants will be exempt from the immigration health surcharge. This charge, which currently only applies to workers outside of the EU, is £400 per person per year but is due to rise to £624 in October.
The government has stated existing EU workers in the care sector could apply to stay in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme; however, it may concern many foreign nationals hoping to enter the UK and work in such roles after 1st January 2021 that this route is closed to them.