The Government had previously announced a 1-year extension on visas due expire before October 2020, for international nurses, doctors and paramedics working in the NHS.
In addition to this, Home Secretary Priti Patel, promised today to expand this offer to overseas midwives, radiographers, adult and children’s social care workers and pharmacists, who were not included in the list before.
It is a comforting new that free visa extension will now be granted not just to the NHS, but to the independent sector and their families as well. Those who obtain one of these visas will not have to pay the £400 annual Immigration Health Surcharge fee in order to use NHS services themselves
Emma Broadbent, director of professional regulation at the NMC, said: “We’re very pleased to hear that the government has listened to our comments and rightly amended this visa extension to midwives, and to nurses working in care settings beyond the NHS.”
“Nursing and midwifery professionals in all care settings are playing a vital role as they continue to care for those who need it most during these challenging times - so it is very welcome news that they’ll be able to do so without worrying about their immigration status.”, she added.
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