Overseas nurses can breathe a sigh of relief, well only temporarily!
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned to conduct a review of shortages in the nursing sector and provide their recommendations to the Home Secretary by February 15 2016. However, by way of an interim measure which has been put in place with immediate effect, the Home Office have agreed to include nursing occupations on the shortage occupation list.
Implications of the change:-
- A resident labour market test will not be required when offering a nursing position to overseas candidates.
- Due to the fact that shortage occupation roles score 130 points rather than the previous 20 points (where resident labour market testing is required), restricted certificates of sponsorship requests are likely to succeed as these will be prioritised over other occupations that require advertising.
- Nurses who are on the shortage occupation list will not be required to earn at least £35,000 from 2016 in order to qualify for settlement in the United Kingdom.
We anticipate a surge in demand for certificates of sponsorship as a consequence of this interim measure. This could potentially mean that the increased demand from the Nursing Sector may impact other occupations which are not on the shortage occupation list (the annual limit of £18,600 remains the same).
For further information please contact Rahul Batra, Partner at Hudson McKenzie on +44 20 3318 5794 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.