Automatic visa extensions granted to even more healthcare workers

Automatic visa extensions will be granted to even more essential health and care workers, it has been announced.

According to Home Secretary Priti Patel, the move will ensure professionals have the security they need to continue providing life-saving services.

Under the scheme, frontline workers – such as midwives, radiographers, social workers and pharmacists, including both NHS and private sector workers – and their families with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will receive an automatic one-year extension.

The announcement comes shortly after the Home Office said it would automatically extend visas for NHS doctors and nurses.

The extension comes into effect immediately for anyone whose visa will or already has expired between 31 March and 01 October 2020. Meanwhile, any NHS worker who has paid for an unresolved application will be offered the option of a refund.

Commenting on the scheme, Ms Patel said: “We have already announced the extension of visas for NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics. Now we are going further by extending this offer to hundreds of other frontline health and care workers, both in the NHS and in the independent sector.

“These extensions will be automatic, free and include exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.”

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