The UK Government introduced a ‘Health and Care Visa’ for qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. This visa route will enable, fast-track entry, reduced visa fees and dedicated immigration support to applicants to come to the UK with their families.
In addition, as per the Prime Minister announcement on 21 May, applicants applying for the ‘Health and Care Visa’, and their family (dependent), will be exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge.
The ‘Health and Care Visa’ will be available to applicants from 4 August 2020.
Compare to other skilled workers visa application fee, the new ‘Health and Care Visa’ will come with a reduced visa application fee, including exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Those who currently working in UK’s health and social care who do not qualify for the ‘Health and Care Visa’ will still be eligible to claim Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) reimbursement if they have paid IHS payment on or after 31 March, 2020.
The refund process already began by the UK government for any healthcare professionals on Tier 2 visas who have paid IHS payment since 31 March 2020, and this process will continue.
The Department of Health and Social Care is currently working closely to set up operational arrangements for reimbursing health and social care workers outside the scope of the Health and Care visa. These arrangements will commence from 1 October in 6 month reimbursements.
More information contact directly if you believe that you are due a refund.
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