By Tom Black, immigration adviser, Softlink Consultants UK
The date for the addition of care workers, home carers and associated occupations to the Shortage Occupation List has been announced as 15 February 2022. As previously reported, this will be limited to an initial 12 month period.
In order to employ candidates from overseas as care workers, providers will need to have a sponsor licence, available from the Home Office.
Providers can also look for suitable candidates in the UK to sponsor as care workers. These are candidates who are currently working in the UK on other immigration routes.
Providers must offer the candidates a minimum of £10.10 per hour for 39 hours a week.
The candidates will need to meet a qualification requirement to be sponsored. This is a qualification equal or above regulated qualification framework (RQF) level 3 which broadly equals A Level qualifications in a health and social care subject.
Candidates are eligible for the Health and Social Care visa allowing reduced visa fees and fast tracked routes to the UK.
In April this year the Migration Advisory Council are due to release a detailed report on migration, staff shortages and the care sector and there could be further amendments to the rules at that stage.