Visas extended for NHS staff
As part of the national effort to combat coronavirus, the Home Office has announced any overseas doctors, nurses and paramedics with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year.
The extension, which was announced on 31 March 2020 by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, currently employed by the NHS. In the effort to demonstrate how valuable their work is, the extension will also apply to their family members to give frontline workers “peace of mind”, the Home Office said.
Restriction on the amount of hours student nurses and doctors can work in the NHS has also been lifted.
Meanwhile pre-registered overseas nurses who have been drafted in to help with the surge in patients are currently required to sit their first skills test within three months and pass the test within eight months, they are now given more time to pass their exams.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“Doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do.”
“I don’t want them distracted by the visa process. That is why I have automatically extended their visas – free of charge – for a further year.”
The Home Secretary has confirmed the extension to NHS visas will be automatic, there will be no fee attached and it will be exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Please pay close attention to the latest guidance on coronavirus for the current situation in the UK and overseas at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-frontline-workers-visas-extended-so-they-can-focus-on-fighting-coronavirus.
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