Earlier this month, the UK Government has announced that it intends to create a fast-track route for migrants in the health service. The new fast-track visa is a so-called NHS visa.
This fast track visa for health workers aims to attract more migrants to work in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. The UK Government hopes that this new visa will offset a possible fall in NHS workers from the UK, due to Brexit.
The NHS visa will allow the UK Government to control immigration, while at the same time ensuring that there is not a skills shortage in the health service.
What we know about the NHS Visa
The visa will cost £464. The cost is half the normal visa fee. The visa process will also be fast-tracked, and persons can expect decisions on their visas within two weeks.
Applicants for the NHS visa will be liable to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is £400 per year. It is, however, not clear yet, whether the NHS visa will operate outside the Tier 2 immigration route.
Number of NHS workers in the UK
The news agency Reuters has reported that currently about 153,000 of the 1,2 million health workers in the UK are non-British. These figures leads to great concern among the health sector and immigration role-players that the end of free movement after Brexit could have a significant impact on the NHS.
Hopefully, the fast and successful implementation of the new NHS fast track visa will lessen the possible impact of Brexit on the UK health service.
Other immigration developments in the UK
The NHS visa comes in the aftermath of some other exciting announcements for the UK immigration landscape.
In the second half of 2019, the UK Government has announced its intention to create a new fast-track visa for individuals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
They also intend to create a new immigration route for overseas graduates, which will enable them to stay for two years after their studies.
Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants will inform clients as soon as new information becomes available.
UK NHS Visa announced for Health Service workers
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