The new UK Health and Care visa is here and it couldn’t have come at a better time!
The UK Government has recognised how the previous Tier 2 visa pathway was deterring healthcare professionals from choosing the UK for their next career move and so, has designed a unique visa – called the UK Health and Care Visa.
The new visa remedies some of the main issues that affected the Tier 2 visa and in this blog post, we’re going to tell you the exact benefits of the new visa and how it has significantly changed the NHS job market for the better!
Why did they introduce a new UK Health and Care Visa?
All healthcare professionals that have previously relocated to the UK and joined the NHS can vouch for how expensive, time consuming and stressful the entire process is! From visa fees to the immigration health surcharge… it was a lot!
The UK Home Office has aimed to combat all of those issues with the following…
For a visa up to three-years, the new cost is set at an amazing £232 (previously £464!)! If you’ve been offered a job for longer than three years, a new visa will cost you £464! The great news is that the fees are the exact same for your dependants, so it means your family can come along too!
The NHS truly is at the heart of the UK and with the UK Government aiming to show gratitude to one of the best healthcare systems in the world – it’s set out to eradicate the previous lengthy processing time and delays that were simply unsustainable should they want more international employees to strengthen to the NHS workforce.
Now, you are guaranteed to get a decision on your visa application in as little as three-weeks, helping you step off the plane at Heathrow or Gatwick a lot sooner than you thought!
By reducing the fee and decreasing the processing time, there’s only one thing left to change…
An increased amount of support! Before the UK Health and Care visa, all UK work visas were processed under one umbrella (the Tier 2 Visa) which inevitably caused delays. So, very much needed healthcare professionals were sat waiting, twiddling their thumbs for some paperwork to be processed when all NHS trusts across the UK were understaffed with patients to care for.
With over 10 million patients on NHS waiting lists, to prevent any delays the UK Home Office has introduced a specific support team for NHS hospitals to use in order to track their new employee’s visa application… Win win for everyone!
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So, how has this impacted the NHS job market?
Prior to the pandemic, there were over 10,000 doctor vacancies and 40,000 nursing vacancies… post-pandemic there are still 10,000 doctor and 40,000 nursing vacancies – and these are just some of the challenges facing the NHS in a post-Covid 19 world.
The new UK Health and Care Visa means that now the thousands of vacancies will be easier to fill as international healthcare professionals will be more motivated to come to the UK…
Of course, you’ll still need to be eligible for GMC and NMC Registration to apply for UK job posts but you’ll notice interviews will come in thicker and faster once eligibility is achieved and with our help you’ll be starting your new life in the UK with your dream NHS job sooner than you thought!
How can ID Medical help?
With over 18 years’ experience within Medical Recruitment, securing healthcare professionals NHS roles is our specialty!
From the very start we will be here to guide you.
If you’re eligible for your council’s registration, simply send your CV to us at email@example.com and one of our dedicated Recruitment Consultants will telephone you to find out your job requirements, family’s needs and your ideal UK location.
- A medical CV review
- Career goal assessment
- Interview preparation
- A range of NHS interviews
- Interview feedback
- Support with compliance or visa documents
- Relocation support
- & anything else you may need help with, we will be here for you every step of the way!