NHS staff visa will be extended for one year

Currently, most migrants who need their leave to be extended, must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) at [email protected] or call 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) to update their records.

On 31 March 2020, the Home Office announced that NHS workers and their family members, will be granted a one-year visa extension automatically. This will apply for around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire prior to 1 October 2020. The extension to NHS staff visa will have no fees attached and applicants will be exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).

Under paragraph 245ZW (c) (iii) of the Immigration Rules, Tier 4 General students can only be employed for no more than 20 hours per week during term time and of any duration during vacations. However, in order to get more doctors and nurses on the frontline, the Home Office has also lifted the restriction on the amount of hours student nurses and doctors can work in the NHS. This means that trainee doctors and nurses will not be limited by the number of hours they can work in the NHS during term time.

In addition, pre-registered overseas nurses who are currently required to sit their first skills test within 3 months and to pass the test within 8 months, will now have this deadline extended until the end of this year. This will provide overseas some relief to nurses with additional time to study for their exams, whilst they spend the immediate term working on the frontline.

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