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UK Immigration rules to be relaxed to recruit social care staff

UK Immigration rules to be relaxed to recruit social care staff

Social care workers, care assistants and home care workers are to become eligible for a health and care visa for a 12-month period.

The government said this would make it easier to fill gaps in workforces.

It followed warnings the sector faced "severe and increasing" problems with hiring and keeping staff after Brexit.

Care workers are to be added to the shortage occupation list, which is designed to help migrants get work visas to fill jobs where there are shortages.

The temporary measures are expected to come into effect early next year, the Department of Health and Social Care said, and will be in place for a minimum of 12 months.

After this, the arrangement will be reviewed, the department added.

 

BBC political correspondent Helen Catt said the move was likely to be welcomed as a short-term help but there would be calls for ministers to fix the longer term pressures in the care system.

Since the UK left the EU, social care workers from EU countries are no longer automatically eligible to work in the UK and instead have to apply for a visa.

This month, the Migration Advisory Committee, the government's official immigration advisers, recommended that care workers should be added to the shortage occupation list.

Inclusion on the list will require carers to be given a minimum annual salary of £20,480.

Care workers and carers from overseas will be able to move to the UK with dependents, including partners and children, and the visa offers a path to settlement, the DHSC said.

There will also be fast-track processing of applications, the department said, and reduced visa fees.

The standard application fee for a health and care worker visa is £232 per person for those who stay in the UK for up to three years and £464 per person for more than three years.

Visas can last for up to five years before they need to be extended.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "It is vital we continue to do all we can to protect the social care sector during the pandemic and beyond.

"These measures, together with the series of support packages announced since September, will help us ensure short term sustainability and success for our long-term vision to build social care back better."

'Unprecedented challenges'

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the care sector was experiencing "unprecedented challenges", adding that the change to the health and care visa would "alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced".

Care providers are experiencing high vacancy rates and turnover, and pressure on staffing is being exacerbated by the recent spread of Omicron.

This week, the chief executive of MHA - the UK's largest charitable care provider - called for local councils to set out how they would support care if shortages worsened.

This month the Migration Advisory Committee said burnout from the pandemic and the requirement for care home workers to be fully vaccinated risked increasing an existing shortage.

It concluded many issues with the sector predated Brexit, and "underfunding" was "the underlying cause" of difficulties.

The government has previously created temporary visas to tackle worker shortages in other industries, such as HGV driver and poultry workers, under its seasonal visa scheme.

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39 Comments

Innocent Zviwati 5 months ago

Am a registered general nurse , willing to go for the job. How do l go about the process


BUKHOSI 5 months ago

I work in the refrigeration sector..i wanna move to the UK .how do i go about it?


Courage Tsumele 4 months ago

I'm a caregiver I did my course with SOUTH AFRICAN RED CROSS in Cape Town I like to work in ukuita how can I apply.

Sharon Shava 5 months ago

Im a trained care giver. I wish to work to UK, I have 1year experience


Rutendo Chinembiri 5 months ago

Thanks for info guys please assist us vanavepasi


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Cathrine Mhengera 6 months ago

I'm willing to work as a caregiver ,I did nurse aide ,plz help me to find job in UK


Christina Mtukudzi 6 months ago

Thank you for providing us with this information please help me apply for a job to work in Uk as a care giver . I am currently am


RATIDZAI MABHANDI 4 months ago

I am a Social Worker and wish to practice in U K i need assistance on how to go about it

Esther Chireka 6 months ago

My name is Esther Chireka currently am working in the City health department as a nurse aide for the past 4years and care giver have gained experience i would love to work in the UK andwhat age is needed


Thembinkosi Mpofu 6 months ago

I wish to work as Home care give i have a qualifications in Health

Esther Chireka 6 months ago

How do we go to the inbox for interviews

Josephine 6 months ago

Tell me how l apply please


Lucia Zimbiti 6 months ago

Hi am a care giver in Pretoria. I would want to work as a care giver in UK.

Modesty Liba 6 months ago

Hie my name is Modesty Liba,thank you pindula for your advert ,tanzwa nekushaya mabasa I would like to work in the UK as a care giver I have completed my nurse aid course .how do I go to you inbox


Rumbidzai Mercy Erica Mwareka 6 months ago

Will definitely try it out the issue of being a caregiver in the UK. I am more than willing


Duduzile Mbondiah 6 months ago

My name is duduzile mbondiah. I m a qualified caregiver. I m looking for a job. I would like to come to UK. And work there. I will be waiting for resopnd. Thank you.


Thembinkosi Mpofu 6 months ago

I have a siploma in nursing wishing to work as a care home worker

Emmylou Muzenda 6 months ago

your number please

😴 6 months ago

Come to my inbox for interviews😌

Roseline Mabuwa 6 months ago

Hi iam Roseline..I would like to come to UK as a caregiver.. I do have certificate of nurse AID


Emmylou Muzenda 6 months ago

hi im Emmylou Muzenda I would like to apply for the above job vacancy

😴 6 months ago

Indeed we are recruiting. Come to inbox. Application deadline 31 December 2021.

Nyoni concilia 6 months ago

I'm a caregiver currently staying in SA but I was born in Zimbabwe I would like to apply for the job in UK I have been working as a caregiver for 6yrs now I would be happy to hear from you


😴 6 months ago

Inbox with your academic and professional qualifications 😔

Williie 6 months ago

ENDAI MUNDOKWESHESWA MISANA YEZVICHEMBER KKKKKK


Tkt 6 months ago

Guys the inbox thing yePINDULA how do you go about it?


Patricia Kasango 6 months ago

I'm thanx very much pindula we can also go to UK to work


Rumbidzayi Tagwireyi 6 months ago

I am in it great my dream place


Fortunate 6 months ago

Thank you pindula
Kindly send application process


Cde Ara Gee Mugabe 6 months ago

Mungamhanyire vamwe venyu ku ingirandi. Munosvika muchidzvanyirirwa nehupenyu hwa ikoko kuwenyeswa misana yetuchembere. JOKES INI NDAKUNOTORA PASSPORT😂😂😂😂😂


Kazungula 6 months ago

Wanga usati watanga ka kupfekedzwa mapampers nekugezwao wachembera.
Kurasa muromo gushaz maikuwanza o imi kkk

Hazzy waMaiHazzy 6 months ago

Wow wow wow, UK here we come......


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

IN SHORT, BRITIAN HAS SOFTENED ITS RECRUITMENT POLICY FOR CARE GIVERS. THIS GESTURE WILL LURE OUR NURSES TO FLOCK TO BRITIAN.

THEIR SALARY OF £20 480 PER YEAR IS ALSO PERSUASIVE. IT IS £1 707 PER MONTH [20480÷12=1707].

THEREFORE, THE BRAIN DRAIN IN HEALTHCARE SECTOR CONTINUES UNABATED. GOVERNMENT MUST BE PRAGMATIC AND INNONATIVE.

NURSES AND DOCTORS MUST BE PAID HANDSOMELY OR WE WILL END UP EMPLOYING SANGOMAS AND TSIKAMITANDAS IN OUR HOSPITALS.

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Dr Yhirai Hakim Gutierrez 6 months ago

😂😂the tsikamutanda's part tho

Gogodera 6 months ago

Mapasipoti


😴 6 months ago

Yah they may make it even harder to get a passport especially nezvavava kuti her epassport zvavo izvi.

Kakistocracy 🤣Muchakaka 6 months ago

Waita basa Pindula, ndakutagadzirirao kuenda UK, zvemuno zvakona👩‍⚕️


Kakistocracy 🤣Muchakaka 6 months ago

Come to inbox 🤭

Dephine 6 months ago

How do you apply


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