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Health and Care Worker visa

The Health and Care Worker visa is a UK work visa route exclusive to overseas medical professionals who wish to work in the UK for the NHS and allied healthcare professional.

If you are a foreign health professional looking to work in the United Kingdom’s health sector, you will require a Health and Care Worker visa. Our team of trained immigration lawyers at Manchester Immigration Lawyer are here to help. Call us today on 0161 826 9783 for immediate assistance.

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    What is the Health and Care Worker visa?

    Implemented by the UK Government, the Health and Care Worker visa is an innovative visa scheme that allows overseas medical professionals to work in the UK health sector for the NHS, as an NHS supplier or as allied health professionals in an adult social care setting.

    The Health and Care Worker visa is valid for up to five years once granted. After this time, it is possible to renew your visa or seek assistance in applying for settled status under Indefinite Leave to Remain.

    One of the key benefits of holding a Care Worker visa is that overseas health professionals can benefit from reduced visa fees, therefore, they are not required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

    If you are a foreign health professional looking to work in the United Kingdom’s health sector, you will require a Health and Care Worker visa. Our team of trained immigration lawyers at Manchester Immigration Lawyer are here to help. Call us today on 0161 826 9783 for immediate assistance.

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    Eligibility Criteria

    The Health and Care Worker visa requires careful consideration of all applicants from the Home Office. In order to judge people’s eligibility, they must meet the following criteria:

    • Obtain a job offer from a UK-based employer approved by the Home Office
    • Be a qualified doctor, nurse, social care worker, or any other healthcare professionals
    • Have intentions to work in one of the eligible job occupations
    • Be able to meet the minimum salary requirements
    • Meet the minimum competency level of CEFR B1 for the English language
    • Have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from their UK-based employer

    In order to be considered for a Health and Care Worker visa, you must be able to prove to the UK Home Office that you have genuine intentions of working in the country as a healthcare professional. You can provide evidence of this with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

    Your Certificate of Sponsorship must come from a UK Home Office-approved provider. This is a vital part of your application, if you fail to provide this, your application will be refused.

    The Certificate of Sponsorship must clearly state how you qualify for the job role you have been offered- detailing your skills and qualifications along with a thorough job description.

    Required documents

    For your Health and Care Worker visa to be considered, you must ensure that you submit the correct documents with your application. Health and Care visa applicants must provide the following:

    • Your Certificate of Sponsorship reference number- to be given to you by your employer
    • A valid passport or alternative travel document to prove your identity and nationality
    • Your job title and details of your intended annual salary
    • Proof of your knowledge of the English language
    • Your job occupation code
    • Details of your employer who has proposed your job offer
    • Your employers Sponsor Licence number
    • Criminal record certificate (if required)

    All of the required documents must be translated into English or Welsh if they are not already. You can seek guidance from a translator to do so. Failure to translate your documents could potentially result in your application for a Health and Care Worker visa being rejected.

    Salary requirements

    You must meet the minimum salary requirements for your particular job role in the Health and Care sector. Health and Care workers can only qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa if they meet the salary requirements outlined by the UK Home Office.

    Typically, you must earn a minimum annual salary of £25,600 or an hourly rate of £10.10.

    The only time you may qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa without meeting the minimum wage requirements is if you:

    • Are a student
    • Are under the age of 26 years old and are in professional training
    • Are working a job on the shortage occupation list
    • Have a Ph.D. STEM qualification that can be applied in health and care
    • Have a postdoctoral qualification in science or medicine

    How much does it cost?

    The Health and Care Worker visa allows applicants to apply at a reduced visa fee. Ultimately, the fee you pay will depend on the length of time you plan to live and work in the United Kingdom as a health professional.

    If you wish to stay less than three years, you must pay a fee of £247 to submit your application. Anything longer than three years is subject to an application fee of £479.

    The reduced application fee makes the Health and Care Worker visa extremely attractive for overseas healthcare professionals- not to mention the abolishment of the immigration health surcharge for Care Worker visa holders.

    An additional reduced visa fee of £55 is initially available to citizens of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey.

    How to apply

    The application process for a Health and Care Worker visa can seem daunting, however, with the correct legal guidance, it can run seamlessly.

    You should apply for your Health and Care Worker visa online.

    The application should be made using the Skilled Worker visa application platform, where you will be prompted to state whether you are applying as a Health and Care worker. You should check ‘Yes’.

    You must pay your application fee and submit your documents along with your application form for your case to be considered by the Home Office.

    Should you be asked to make an appointment at a visa application centre to give your biometric information, you should do so promptly to avoid delaying your application.

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      What is the difference between a Care Worker and Skilled Worker visa?

      The key difference between the Health and Care Worker visa and the Skilled Worker visa is the occupation sets it is aimed at.

      Whilst the Health and Care Worker visa is aimed primarily at personnel in the Health and Care sector, applicants can take advantage of reduced visa fees and no immigration health surcharge payments whilst they live and work in the UK.

      The Skilled Worker route is targeted at skilled workers across a variety of specialities, whilst the Health and Care Worker visa remains more limited with a niche target audience.

      What does this visa allow me to do in the UK?

      Whilst in the UK with a Health and Care Worker visa, you must adhere to immigration rules. Therefore, it is important to know what your Health and Care visa allows you to do in the United Kingdom.

      You can:

      • Work an eligible job
      • Take up voluntary work
      • Study
      • Travel to and from the United Kingdom
      • Extend your Health and Care visa if you wish
      • Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years of continuous residence

      As of 2024, health and care workers are not allowed to bring any dependants with them to the UK. This includes partners, spouses or children.

      How can IAS help?

      If you plan on applying for a Health and Care visa, it is essential that you get your application right the first time to avoid rejection.

      Manchester Immigration Lawyer have extensive experience in handling queries regarding visa application. We have a proven track record of successful applications- we are ready and waiting to help you.

      If you are a foreign health professional looking to work in the United Kingdom’s health sector, you will require a Health and Care Worker visa. Our team of trained immigration lawyers at Manchester Immigration Lawyer are here to help. Call us today on 0161 826 9783 for immediate assistance.

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                  You must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Sponsor Licence. With no sponsorship, your application will be rejected.

                  The average wait time for an application outcome is 16 weeks, however this can vary on the demand and complexity of each individual application.

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