UK Health and Сare worker visa is a work visa that entitles a wide range of specialists to work in the UK. This does not only include doctors and nurses but also pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, paramedics and social workers, as well as medical and biological scientists and biochemists.
Before you apply for a visa, you need to find an employer and get an invitation and a certificate of sponsorship from them. Your employer must be either one of the NHS (National Health Service) organisations, an organisation cooperating with the NHS, or an organisation providing social care. Besides, the employer must be registered with the Home Office and be approved for hiring foreign workers.
As for you, you must be a qualified professional in your field, prove that you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level B1 and have an IELTS certificate.
This visa is issued to cover an entire period of your employment contract, but not more than 5 years. It can be extended, if necessary. Besides, after 5 years, you will be able to apply for an indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
Note: if you change your employer while your visa is still valid, you must inform the Home Office and update your documents, or the visa will become invalid.
You can apply both from inside and outside the UK. If you are in the UK and apply from inside the country, you will have to stay here while your application is pending, otherwise, it will be withdrawn.
Note that if you have come to the UK on another visa, you might not be able to switch to the Health and Care worker visa. You will not be able to switch to this visa if you are in the UK on a visitor visa, a short-term student visa, a seasonal worker visa and some other visas. But if you want to extend or update your Health and Care worker visa, you will not have any problems.
The documents you need:
The certificate must include the following information:
Other documents you might need:
The processing time for an application is usually about 3 weeks. If you have applied from inside the UK, you can pay to get a decision within 5 working days or even one working day. This is an official service provided by the Home Office.
If you get approval, you will receive a biometric residence permit (BRP), which confirms your right to stay in the UK legally, within 7 to 10 days. If you applied from outside the UK, you will collect your BRP upon arrival at the Post Office you have selected.
Only immediate family members:
You will need to provide and submit information about the dependants separately. You will also have to submit their identity documents and evidence of your relationship. Besides, an additional application fee must be paid for each dependant.
Should you need any consultation or legal support when applying for a UK visa, contact us. Qualified experts at Imperial & Legal will deal with all the issues and will take the hassle out of obtaining a UK visa.
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