UK Immigration Update – June 2018

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UK Immigration Update – June 2018

IMMIGRATION RULES TO BE RELAXED FOR NON-EU DOCTORS AND NURSES On Friday 15 June 2018, the British government is expected to announce that doctors and nurses from overseas will be…

IMMIGRATION RULES TO BE RELAXED FOR NON-EU DOCTORS AND NURSES

On Friday 15 June 2018, the British government is expected to announce that doctors and nurses from overseas will be excluded from the annual cap on non-EU skilled workers.  The annual cap, which is currently set at 20,700 and divided into monthly allocations, was set by the UK Government in 2011 for all non-EU skilled workers in the Tier 2 (General) visa category.

Until December 2017, the cap had only been exceeded once, in June 2015. Since then, the cap has been exceeded every month, making it harder to bring highly-skilled migrants into the UK.

Statistics show that in a five month period, over 6,000 applications were rejected. According to the Financial Times, 2,360 of these applications were for doctors with job offers in the UK, despite significant staff shortages. The NHS consequently warned the Home Office that the immigration rules were hampering their ability to find workers, leading to a potential crisis in the UK.

Applications are submitted monthly and awarded points. Job roles that require a higher skill level score, or are paid higher salaries or are on a shortage occupation list are prioritised. When the quota is exceeded, lower-scoring applications are rejected. These are then resubmitted the following month – this increases the pressure on the cap.

The proposed change would allow the NHS to recruit more doctors and nurses, enabling highly skilled staff to be on hospital wards with consequent higher standards of care.

It could also potentially make extra visas available for other highly skilled professionals, such as engineers and IT specialists, helping to boost the UK economy.

 

For any further information on any part of this newsletter, please contact your dedicated UK Immigration Consultant via email on comms@fergusonsnell.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 3668 2700

 

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