Today (15 June 2018) the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sajid Javid, announced that non-EEA doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the Tier 2 cap on skilled worker visas.
The change will mean that more non-European doctors and nurses can be employed through the Tier 2 visa route. The announcement came in response to calls by the NHS, a body that accounts for 40% of work visas issued in the UK. It will provide a much needed boost to the NHS which has faced difficulties because of the limitations imposed by the immigration cap.
Secretary of State Javid said: “I recognise the pressures faced by the NHS and other sectors in recent months. Doctors and nurses play a vital role in society and at this time we need more in the UK. That is why I have reviewed our skilled worker visa route.”
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, said: “Overseas staff have been a vital part of our NHS since its creation 70 years ago. Today’s news sends a clear message to nurses and doctors from around the world that the NHS welcomes and values their skills and dedication. It’s fantastic that patients will now benefit from the care of thousands more talented staff.”