Health and Care Worker Visa Advice and Consultant Service

UK Health and Care Worker Visa Advice and Consultant Service

What is the Health and Care Worker Visa?

The Health and Care Worker Visa is open to qualified doctors, nurses and other health and adult social care professionals who wish to undertake an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care.

After five years, UK Health and Care Worker Visa holders and their partners and children may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK

Requirements for a UK Health and Care Worker Visa 

In order to qualify for a UK Health and Care Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration: 

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You are a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • You work or will work in an eligible health or social care job, which falls within the list of approved occupation codes
  • You work or will work for a UK health and care sector employer that has been approved by the Home Office
  • You have a valid ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you have been offered
  • You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1 
  • You will be paid the minimum salary or the ‘going rate’ for the type of work you will be doing, whichever is higher
  • You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds
  • You have provided a criminal record certificate, if working with vulnerable people; and 
  • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if from a listed country.

The relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes which meet the eligibility requirements for the UK Health and Care Worker visa are as follows:

SOC Code

Occupation Definition

1181

health services and public health managers and directors

1242

residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors

2112

biological scientists and biochemists

2113

physical scientists

2211

medical practitioners

2212

psychologists

2213

pharmacists

2214

ophthalmic opticians

2215

dental practitioners

2217

medical radiographers

2218

podiatrists

2219

health professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as audiologists and occupational health advisers

2221

physiotherapists

2222

occupational therapists

2223

speech and language therapists

2229

therapy professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as osteopaths and psychotherapists

2231

nurses

2232

midwives

2442

social workers

3111

laboratory technicians

3213

paramedics

3216

dispensing opticians

3217

pharmaceutical technicians

3218

medical and dental technicians

3219

health associate professionals not elsewhere classified

6141

nursing auxiliaries and assistants

6143

dental nurses

6145

care workers and home carers

6146

senior care workers

Let’s look at the highlights

English Language Requirement

You must demonstrate English language proficiency on the Common European Framework of Reference scale (CEFR) for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) to at least level B1 (intermediate) in order to be eligible for a UK Health and Care Worker visa. If you are being sponsored to work as a doctor, dentist, nurse or midwife, you do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you have already passed an English language assessment accepted by the relevant professional regulatory body.

Financial Maintenance Requirement

You must have financial funds of at least £1,270 on hand to demonstrate that you can support yourself in the UK, subject to the exceptions listed below. The funds must have been in your possession for at least 28 days in a row, ending no more than 31 days prior to the date on which you submitted your application for a UK health and care worker visa. You won't need to provide proof of money if you are seeking permission to stay in the UK and have had permission to be there for at least a year at the time of application. You will also be exempt, provided your employer can, if necessary, pay at least £1,270 towards your first month's expenses in the UK. Your sponsor must attest to this on your Certificate of Sponsorship by checking the box that reads, "Sponsor certifies maintenance."

Criminal Record Certificate Requirement

Unless your occupation is listed under one of the following occupation codes: biological scientists and biochemists (2112) or physical scientist (2113), you must submit a criminal record certificate if you are applying from outside the UK. If you are under 28 years old and you have lived in more than one country, you will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which you have stayed for a total of 12 months or more since you turned 18. If you are over 28 years old, you will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country you have stayed in over the last 10 years.

Dependants

Under the Health and Care Worker Visa route, you can bring your spouse and children as dependents.

ILR Rights

You and your family members may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain after a 5-year qualifying period under the Health and Care Worker Visa route subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Working with a licensed immigration adviser for your Health and Care Worker Visa application offers numerous advantages, ensuring a smooth and successful application experience. We offer our expertise in preparing and managing the application and continue to provide you with email support after you obtain your visa.

When choosing an immigration adviser, it’s crucial to select a licensed and reputable professional or firm. We are proud to offer our clients reliable and top-tier assistance, making the Health and Care Worker Visa application less stressful and more efficient.

Under the Skilled Worker route, which includes the Health and Care Worker route, the 12-month ‘cooling off period’ has been removed.  There is no restriction on when applications to enter the UK Health and Care Worker Visa route can be made. In addition to that, the six-year maximum length of stay on the route has been removed.

After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

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