Are you a health care worker? Want to work and live in the United Kingdom? Well, good news! The UK has a new and improved Health and Care Visa! The cost is cheaper, the processing is faster, and it’s attracting healthcare professionals around the world, including the Philippines, to go and live in the UK. Here’s what you need to know about it.
It was announced last July 14 by the Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care that they will be launching this new visa this coming August. If you want to know the benefits and the cost, read the information below.
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Health and Care Sector for UK Health and Care Visa
Here are the professions or work that will be eligible for getting a UKHC Visa:
- Medical Practitioners
- Dental Practitioners
- Biological Scientist
- Medical Radiographers
- Occupational Therapists
- Ophthalmic Opticians
- Physical Scientist
- Social Workers
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Health and Therapy Professionals not elsewhere classified
Benefits Compared to Other UK Visas
- Lower Visa Application Fees – Check out the before prices, it would probably be less than half of the application fee
- From £610 (or £464 if there is a shortage of workers) for those staying less than 3 years
- From £1220 (or £928 if there is a shortage of workers) for those staying more than 3 years
- Exemption of Immigration Health Surcharge – this usually costs £400 per year; so if you work for 3 straight years, you’ll save up to £1,200
- Faster Processing Time – you can get your visa within 3 weeks after you have submitted your biometrics at the Visa Application Center
- Long Stay – you can stay for as long as 5 years and 14 days and get extended until 6 years
How To Apply for a UK Health and Care Visa
This Health and Care Visa is not yet available, but it would probably have the same procedure as the Tier 2 (General) visa. To be able to apply, you must be offered a job in the NHS (National Health Service) Trust or from registered licensed sponsors.
After having a sponsor, you may then be asked to prepare your documents. Pay the visa fee and proceed to the visa application center for your biometrics submission. You may then get your visa within three weeks.
The UK Health and Care Visa is available on August 4, 2020, so make sure to subscribe to our website or Facebook page for important updates.
Perks of a Long Term Work Visa
- Work in the UK
- Have another job, volunteer, or study as long as it doesn’t interfere with your current work
- Travel Abroad (in and out of UK)
- Bring your family with you
Documents You May Need to Prepare
- Valid and old passport(s) – your valid passport must have a blank page
- Certificate of Sponsorship Reference Number – this will be given by the place your work sponsor or future employer
- Proof of your knowledge of English – you need to pass an approved English Language Test; IELTs for example
- Bank Savings – either personal savings or a certificate saying that your sponsor will and can support
- Criminal Record Certificate – in case you are with vulnerable people
- TB Test
So far, that’s what you need to know about UK Health and Care Visa. It’s a superb opportunity for health care professionals as UK have excellent benefits and compensation, plus you get to travel within and out of the UK (if you have correct visas like the Schengen). Keep updated this August so that you can learn more about the steps on how to apply!
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