A new visa scheme for NHS staff is announced

On 8 November 2019, Boris Johnson promised to introduce a new visa category for health professionals. The new ‘National Health Service (NHS) visa’ should make it easier for doctors and nurses, who are non-EU nationals, to work in the UK.

Mr Johnson mentioned that the cost of the new visa will be halved from £928 to £464 under the new points-based immigration system post Brexit.

In addition, applicants will receive a decision within two weeks in the fast-track process.

Moreover, the PM mentioned that NHS migrants would receive a preferential treatment with extra points and there will be no cap on the number through the NHS visa route. Applicants would also be able to exempt to pay the immigration health surcharge under the new visa category.

The NHS is clearly facing shortages in the wake of the anxiety created by Brexit and the fact that, the latter might have prompted an exodus of qualified EEA doctors and nurses. However, we must wait and see whether any of the current electoral promises will turn into reality or will simply remain catchy slogans.

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