A Healthcare Worker visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS, as an NHS supplier, or as adult social care.
Eligibility for Health and Care Worker Visa
Applicants applying for health and care worker visas must have some qualifications.
Applicants must be trained doctors, nurses, health professionals or adult social care professionals working in eligible health or social care jobs.
An applicant must get an offer from a UK employer approved by the Home Office.
An employer must certify your sponsorship’ with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK.
Applicants must be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do.
Check job for Eligibility.
Applicants must have shown a job offer before they apply for their visa. Check if your job is eligible.
English Language Requirement
Applicants should read, speak, write, read, and understand English. You can check your language eligibility and IELTS or TOEFL requirements for some jobs for English Language eligibility. For applicants who are not qualified for a Health and Care Worker visa. You can Check for another type of visa to work in the UK.
The Longevity of the Visa
The duration of the visa is five years, and you need to extend it after the expiration of the five years. However, you’ll need to apply for an extension or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employers.
After five years, applicants can apply for indefinite leave to remain (settle permanently) in the UK. The indefinite leave to remain gives the applicants the Eligibility to apply for work, study and benefits.
How to apply for Health and Care Worker visa or Other Visa
This application must apply online.
It depends on whether you’re outside the UK or inside the UK.
You are extending your current visa in the UK, or applicants are switching to a different visa.
If an applicant is changing jobs or employers, they must update their visa.
Inclusion of Family Members
You can include family (your partner and children) in your application to stay in the UK if they are eligible.
Getting a Decision
How soon can applicants obtain Health and Care Worker visa?
Applicants can apply for a visa up to three months before starting a job in the United Kingdom.
Applicants will need to submit identity documents. You may need to allow extra time to book the appointment.
Once you’ve applied online and submitted a proven identity and other supporting documents, the decision on your visa comes within three weeks.
Get a faster Decision.
Getting a faster decision depends on whether you’re outside the UK or inside the UK and how much you, your partner or your children will need.
Health and Care Worker Visa fee.
Applicants need to prove that they have enough personal savings
Check how much money you’ll need. A Healthcare surcharge is free for you, your partner or your children.
What you can and cannot do
Applicants can work in an eligible job, take on additional work in certain circumstances, do voluntary work, and study. Applicants can bring their partner and children as their ‘dependants’ if eligible.
Applicants can apply to (‘indefinite leave to remain’)settle permanently in the UK after five years and meet the other eligibility requirements.
You can’t apply for most benefits (public funds) or the State Pension, and applicants can’t change jobs or employers until they change their visas.
Successful applicants will get a full list of what they can and cannot do with a Health and Care Worker visa.