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Loss of dependents decimates Health & Care visa applications

Health and Care visa (main applicant) applications fell from 18,300 during August 2023 to 2,400 in March 2024, after the new legislation affecting dependents was brought in in December 2023.

In response to the new figures, Care England from the Home Office about the Health and Care Worker visa, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: Government stated the policy would not affect applicant numbers. With the policy now in place, the sector has been left to pick up the pieces.”

Between April and September 2023, 88,800 ‘main’ Health and Care visa applications were made. Between October 2023 and April 2024, only 40,800 applications were made, accounting for a reduction of over 50 per cent.

Green added: “These figures renew the need for meaningful workforce reforms that make the sector an attractive destination for domestic staff.”

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