NHS staff visas will be automatically extended to help fight with coronavirus

Since the coronavirus outbreak, the UK has issued new immigration regulations for visa extension twice. The Chancellor has also allocated tax extensions to ease corporate pressure and promised to pay up to 80% of employees’ salaries. Today,(31stMarch, 2020), the the Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced a new temporary immigration rule. All NHS overseas employees whose visas will expire before October 1 will be automatically extended for one year with free of charge. As well, no immigration surcharge. The extension will also apply to their family members, demonstrating how valued overseas NHS staff are to the UK

By giving them the peace of mind that they do not need to apply for a visa extension. In general, student nurses and doctors have limited working hours. For example, students holding a T4 visa can only work up to 20 hours a week. In response, the Home Office has also lifted the restriction on the amount of hours student nurses and doctors can work in the NHS

In addition to these changes, pre-registered overseas nurses who currently need to take the first skill test within 3 months and pass the test within 8 months are allowed to complete it by the end of the year.

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