Health & Care Worker Visa

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About Health & Care Worker Visas

The Health and Care Worker Visa is a popular visa for those who are qualified health or medical professionals. The visa allows you to stay in the UK for an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. The Health and Care Worker Visa also allows a person to settle in the UK following 5 years, this will also allow your dependants, partner and children to stay in the UK with you.

If you are a health or care worker or a business that is looking to bring a medical professional from overseas to work for your business and need support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by filling out the contact form on this page or calling us on 0161 843 9000

Eligibility Requirements ​

If you want to come to the UK using the Health & Care Worker Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be either a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • Be coming to work in an eligible health or social care job
  • Your UK-based employer must have been approved by the Home Office.
  • Be provided with a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer, this will include information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • be paid the minimum salary for the work you are coming to the UK to perform. This could be minimum wage or the ‘going rate’
UK Care Worker

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)​

The most important requirement for a health and care worker Visa is to be issued with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your sponsoring employer. UK Visa Specialists can provide expert advice and technical guidance to you personally or to your employers on the criteria and issuance of a valid Certificate of Sponsorship.

If it is your first time applying for a visa,  you should ensure your employer is listed as an A-rated sponsor on the Home Office’s register for Licensed Sponsors. Once issued, the certificate of sponsorship will remain valid for use for 3 months. The certificate must include certain mandatory information such as:

  • Your personal details
  • Job role and minimum salary
  • Start date within 3 months from the date of your Visa application and an end date
  • Confirmation that the certificate has not been revoked/withdrawn by the sponsor or cancelled by the Home Office

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Health & Care Worker Visa

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About Health & Care Worker Visas

The Health and Care Worker Visa is a popular visa for those who are qualified health or medical professionals. The visa allows you to stay in the UK for an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. The Health and Care Worker Visa also allows a person to settle in the UK following 5 years, this will also allow your dependants, partner and children to stay in the UK with you.

If you are a health or care worker or a business that is looking to bring a medical professional from overseas to work for your business and need support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by filling out the contact form on this page or calling us on 0161 843 9000

Eligibility Requirements

If you want to come to the UK using the Health & Care Worker Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be either a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • Be coming to work in an eligible health or social care job
  • Your UK-based employer must have been approved by the Home Office.
  • Be provided with a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer, this will include information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • be paid the minimum salary for the work you are coming to the UK to perform. This could be minimum wage or the ‘going rate’

UK Care Worker

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

The most important requirement for a health and care worker Visa is to be issued with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your sponsoring employer. UK Visa Specialists can provide expert advice and technical guidance to you personally or to your employers on the criteria and issuance of a valid Certificate of Sponsorship.

If it is your first time applying for a visa,  you should ensure your employer is listed as an A-rated sponsor on the Home Office’s register for Licensed Sponsors. Once issued, the certificate of sponsorship will remain valid for use for 3 months. The certificate must include certain mandatory information such as:

  • Your personal details
  • Job role and minimum salary
  • Start date within 3 months from the date of your Visa application and an end date
  • Confirmation that the certificate has not been revoked/withdrawn by the sponsor or cancelled by the Home Office

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How We Can Help?

We offer a variety of services to suit your particular needs. Whether it is to take the pressure away from you and handle the full application process from start to finish, or simply assist you with the correct documents/information, our UK Visa specialists are at hand and well equipped in terms of knowledge and experience in this area.

Complete Application Service
Document Checking Service
Complete Application Service

  • Introduction and further guidance/discussion on the skilled worker visa route
  • Responding to personalised questions/queries for each applicant concerned
  • Assistance with compiling the correct documentation in accordance with the Home Office’s published route-specific guidance
  • Preparation of the Online Application with help and support available for any outstanding information required
  • Representation letter to explain in finer details, the circumstances of your case, the criteria relied upon and outcome requested
  • Help and support with arranging your application biometrics appointment and the uploading of your supporting documents
  • Responding to entire queries in relation to the application throughout the whole process until you reach a final decision
  • Guidance on the next steps once a decision has been reached

Document Checking Service

  • Complete breakdown of the documents required in accordance with the route-specific guidance and your unique circumstances
  • Further guidance/discussion on documents available/provided and those otherwise not available
  • Review in writing for documents provided and if any additional documents are required or advised
  • Help and support with any questions arising from the documents available and those outstanding
  • Answering general questions in respect of the online application and next steps

For further advice or to discuss your visa application with one of our UK Visa specialists, contact our team on 0161 843 9000 or complete our enquiry form below.

FAQs

How long does it take?​

It will take UKVS experts no longer than 2 or 3 weeks to complete the processing of your application. In this time, we will discuss the contents of your application and the supporting documents with you.

You should try and apply up to 3 months prior to the date you are expected to start the job in the UK. Once applied, you’ll get a decision within 3 weeks (if applying from outside the UK) and 8 weeks (if applying to switch from another route from inside the UK).

You can apply for a quicker decision from inside the UK. If you are outside the UK however, the option to request a faster decision depends on which country you are applying from.

How long can you stay?​

Your visa can be valid for any term ranging from three years to five years. Your employer will set the terms and length of your visa based on how long they require you to work for them.

It is common for someone to be sponsored initially for three years and later apply to extend (if you remain with the same employer) or update their visa (if you change jobs or employers).

If your partner or children are applying with you as dependents, they will also be granted the same length of visa as you. If your partner or children apply at a later date their visa will be valid upto the same date as your visa, after which you will apply to extend together.

How much does it cost?​

The standard fee ranges from £610 to £704 for a visa upto 3 years and £1,220 to £1,408 for a visa upto 5 years. The exact amount will depend on where you are applying from and what your present status is at the time of applying.

You must also pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application which is currently £624 per year. Also, you need to have sufficient funds to support yourself for the first 28 days when you arrive in the UK.

Your sponsor will have to pay separate fees to issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship. This includes a Certificate cost and Immigration Skills charge. There are however exemptions available and for more on this please visit our sponsorship license page.

What about family members​?

Your partner and children can also apply to come with you or join you in the UK as your ‘dependants’. They will be eligible if they are any of the following:

  • your husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • your child under 18 – including if they were born in the UK during your stay
  • your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as your dependant

You must provide proof of your relationship to your partner or child for their application to be successful. You must also pay a separate fee for each dependent and show additional funds for their maintenance for the first 28 days when they arrive in the UK.

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If you would like more advice or to discuss your visa application with one of our UK Visa specialists, you can contact our team of specialists on 0161 843 9000 or complete our enquiry form below.