The Health and Care visa is a special visa Category for qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who have been trained to a recognised standard which has just been launched by the UK government to attract skilled workers in the health and care related sectors from all around the world to the country.
The Visa, which would be open for applications in August would come with the following concessions (compared to the Tier 2 visa):
- A reduced application fee.
- Exemption from the Immigration Health surcharge
- Accelerated turnaround (within 3 weeks after biometric enrolment)
The professions that currently qualify for the Health and Care Visa (would be adjusted as time goes on) along wit their Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes are:
2112 Biological scientists and biochemists
2113 Physical Scientists
2211 Medical Practitioners
2214 Ophthalmic Opticians
2215 Dental practitioners
2217 Medical Radiographers
2219 Health Professionals not elsewhere classified
2222 Occupational Therapists
2223 Speech and Language Therapists
2229 Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
2442 Social Workers
To be eligible for this visa category (which is similar to the Tier 2 Category), a worker qualified in one of the above fields would obtain a job offer either from an NHS trust/health board or a medical/social care organisations and must also meet all other usual conditions for entry into the UK.
The visa category was created as a result of the government realising the importance of robust healthcare systems and professionals in the society as we faced the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is a great company for career development for health professionals in any part of the world and the visa launches, we would add instructions and details on how to apply.
You can find how to apply for the healthcare worker visa here.
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