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Carer visa numbers more than double in past 12 months

The number of Health and Care Skilled Worker Visas granted by the UK Home Office have risen over two and a half times in the year to March 2023, the latest Immigration System Statistics Report has revealed.

In total, in the year ending March 2023, there were 299,891 grants to main applicants on work visas. Around a third of those – 101,570 – were Skilled Worker – Health and Care’ visa grants, which rose 171 per cent over the year. In part this is due to the expansion in late 2021 of the Skilled Worker visa to include ‘care workers and home carers’ and ‘senior care workers’.

Indian nationals were the highest nationality granted on both these routes. In its recent nurse register snapshot, the NMC also records a higher number of Indian nationals working in the UK.

The total number of work visas granted is 61 per cent higher, compared to 12 months ago.

In a statement, Care England CEO Professor Martin Green said: “With more than one in three care staff leaving their role each year, the current workforce situation is wholly unsustainable.

“Whilst increases in net migration may help to fill vacancies within the sector, ultimately, the workforce crisis will never be truly addressed until the Government provides the sector with the funding it needs.”

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