Health and Care Visa: Fast-tracked UK Immigration for Health Professionals

The UK launched a tier 2 Health and Care Visa in August, creating a new fast-track visa route for eligible health and care professionals. Amongst others, it serves as better support for medical practitioners around the globe.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said

“This new visa is part of our new immigration system making it quicker, cheaper and easier for the best and brightest health and care professionals from around the globe to work in our brilliant NHS.”

Here’s what you need to know:

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • have a relevant job in the UK, and
  • have a Tier 2 sponsor in the UK.

A person who fulfills the criteria of the job role will be issued with a certificate of sponsorship.

Estimated Application Time
The Health and Care Visa can be made up to 3 months prior date of employment in the UK. As a fast-tracked immigration route, it takes an estimated 3 weeks for decisions to be made upon submitting one’s biometric information which costs only £19.20 to get.

Duration of Stay
Health and care visas can be issued with a maximum stay of five years and 14 days, after which, visa holders can apply for UK indefinite leave to remain (settled status).

Occupations Covered
These are the occupations covered by this visa:

  • 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

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