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GREAT NEWS FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES! EXEMPTION FROM IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE

by Mathew Ealoor

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GREAT NEWS FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES! EXEMPTION FROM IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE

The promised exemption to the immigration health surcharge for overseas health and care staff is coming into force from 4th August 2020, the government has finally confirmed.

The home secretary and health and social care secretary confirmed that health and care staff would “now be permanently exempt from this charge”, and that refunds would be offered to those who had paid the fee as part of their Tier 2 visa since 31 March 2020.

Those eligible for the visas will also benefit from reduced visa application fees and will be able to expect a decision on whether they can work in the UK within a “fast-tracked” time of three weeks.

Health and Care Workers:

From 4 August 2020, workers eligible for the new Health and Care visa (Tier 2 General) and their dependants will not have to pay the IHS.

You’ll be eligible for this visa if:

  • you’re a qualified doctor, nurse or other health professionals (or their dependant)
  • you’re sponsored by the NHS, an organisation providing medical services to the NHS or an organisation providing adult social care

If you’re a health or care worker who would qualify for this visa but paid the IHS on or after 31 March 2020 you will get a refund.

 

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers and deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, warned that social care faced the risk of “collapse” without the support of international recruitment. 

“We continue to believe there is an urgent need to recruit internationally into care worker posts – otherwise, the system could collapse”, he said.

 Source Reference: www.nursingtimes.net , www.gov.uk