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    A comprehensive guide to applying for the visa

A comprehensive guide to apply for the Health & Care Worker Visa

The UK Authorities have now launched the Health Care Worker Visa for certified doctors, nurses, senior carer workers and health professionals skilled, who also have good levels of English.

The Health and Care Worker Visa is a specific visa, solely for healthcare professionals. This Visa allows them to reside in the UK and work for the NHS or within the private healthcare and nursing sectors.

The scope of the visa was extended to include eligible individuals working within the social care sector. The advantages for such staff are fast-track entry, decreased visa charges and support if they should choose to return to the UK.

What is the criteria when applying for the Health & Care Worker Visa?

Visa Application

KEY INFORMATION:

Please note: This information is accurate as of 25/11/2021. For latest costs visit www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa

AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME

1
YEARS

VISA DURATION

3- 1
YEARS

3 YEAR VISA COST

£ 0
PER PERSON

5 YEAR VISA COST

£ 0
PER PERSON

Language Proficiency Proof

Applicants must possess the ability to speak, write, read and fully understand English at least Level B1 on the common European framework of reference for language (CEFR) scale.

This can be done by one of the following options:

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UKVI IELTS

7 or above – Nurses or
5 or above – Senior Carers
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OCCUPATIONAL ENGLISH TEST (OET)

C or above

DEGREE-LEVEL QUALIFICATION TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Applicant needs to apply for confirmation through UK NARIC that their qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or P.HD

Required documentation for applying for Health & Care Worker Visa

FAQs

Yes, you can usually apply to extend your Health & Care Worker visa if you have the same job, occupation code and still meet the salary requirements

You are permitted to switch in-country from the Student visa (including Tier 4) to the Skilled Worker category (which replaced the Tier 2 route on 1 December 2020). There are also routes for dependent partners and children of Skilled Workers 

You’ll usually need to be paid at least £20,480.

If the ‘going rate’ for your job is higher than £20,480, you’ll usually need to be paid at least the going rate.

You will be eligible for permanent residence in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR) after:

  • 5 years as a spouse or partner of a British or EU citizen
  • 5 years of residence in the UK in all professional immigration categories (read more below)
  • 10 years of legal long residence in the UK
  • 20 years of illegal + 10 years of legal long residence in the UK
  • Usually 10 years or 5 years for those who have lived half of their life in the UK, subject to a number of immigration conditions

You can apply to switch from another visa to a Health and Care Worker visa if you are already in the UK on a different type of visa, with the exception of staying in the UK:

  • on a visit visa
  • on a short-term student visa
  • on a Parent of a Child Student visa
  • on a seasonal worker visa
  • on a domestic worker in a private household visa
  • on immigration bail

Your job must be in one of the following occupation codes to qualify for the Health and Care Worker visa:

  • 2231: Nurses
  • 2232: Midwives
  • 2442: Social workers
  • 6141: Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • 6143: Dental nurses
  • 6146: Senior care workers

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