Health and Care visa

 Government launched a ‘Health and Care visa’ for eligible health workers who have been trained to a recognised standard and have good English language skills. The Health and Care visa forms part of the Skilled Worker route.

SK13.2. The benefits of the Health and Care visa include:

  • fast-track visa processing for entry to the UK
  • the support of a dedicated team within UKVI in processing applicants’ and their dependent families’ visa applications.

Eligibility for a Health and Care visa

SK13.3. If you wish to sponsor a Skilled Worker for a Health and Care visa. You must be an eligible organisation, as set out in paragraph 2 of that guidance.

SK13.4. Only workers employed in the following occupation codes are eligible for the Health and Care visa:

  • 1181 – Health services and public health managers and directors
  • 1242 – Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
  • 2112 – Biological scientists and biochemists
  • 2113 – Physical Scientists
  • 2211 – Medical Practitioners
  • 2212 – Psychologists
  • 2213 – Pharmacists
  • 2214 – Ophthalmic Opticians
  • 2215 – Dental practitioners
  • 2217 – Medical Radiographers
  • 2218 – Podiatrists
  • 2219 – Health Professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2221 – Physiotherapists
  • 2222 – Occupational Therapists
  • 2223 – Speech and Language Therapists
  • 2229 – Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2231 – Nurses
  • 2232 – Midwives
  • 2442 – Social Workers
  • 3111 – Laboratory Technicians
  • 3213 – Paramedics
  • 3216 – Dispensing opticians
  • 3217 – Pharmaceutical technicians
  • 3218 – Medical and dental technicians
  • 3219 – Health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 6141 – Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • 6143 – Dental nurses
  • 6145 Care workers and home carers
  • 6146 – Senior care workers

SK13.5. If the worker will not be employed in one of the above occupation codes, they will not be eligible for the Health and Care visa and will have to qualify under the standard Skilled Worker rules 

SK13.6. Health and Care visa applicants must meet all of the standard immigration requirements of the Skilled Worker route, in addition to the specific Health and Care visa requirements.

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