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Care workers given 12-month Health & Care Visa

Care staff will be added to the Shortage Occupation List in a temporary measure designed to reduce winter pressures.

For a 12-month period, social care workers, care assistants and home care workers will be added to the SOL, enabling employers to pay the minimum £20,480 annual salary to qualify for the Health and Care visa.

Adding care workers to the list was a recommendation from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). As a temporary measure, this recommendation has been only partly adopted by the Government.

It is expected to come into effect early next year and will be in place for a minimum of 12 months, after which recommendations will be reviewed.

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: “These measures will help ensure short term sustainability.”

Care providers who do not already hold a sponsor licence in the Skilled Worker route can prepare to take advantage of the offer by registering for a sponsorship licence ahead of implementation.

Care workers and carers recruited to the UK will be able to bring their dependents, including partner and children, with the Health and Care visa offering a pathway to settlement should they remain employed and wish to remain in the UK.

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