The NHS Visa in the UK

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In November 2019, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was promising a fast track “NHS visa” to make it easier for overseas doctors and nurses to work in the United Kingdom.


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Extra points will be allocated to those who choose to work in the NHS, and successful candidates will not need to meet the income requirement of the Tier 2 Work Visa.

The new Brexit based laws and immigration systems do not come into effect until 1 January 2021. This allows some months before the Government will finalise the need for this new visa.

From various sites that have mentioned this new visa, the Government plans that NHS Visas will be issued in a two-week turnaround.

An government briefing paper elaborates that under its “NHS People Plan”, qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with a job offer from the NHS, and who have been trained to a recognised standard, will be offered fast-track entry, reduced visa fees and dedicated support to come to the UK.

The government said the new NHS Visa would allow it to control immigration while ensuring there would not be a skills shortage for the health service.


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The application fees for the National Health Service (NHS) visa scheme, will be halved to £464 from the current £928 similar visa fee.


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