Coronavirus (COVID-19)—NHS frontline workers visas extended

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—NHS frontline workers visas extended

The Home Office has announced that doctors, nurses and paramedics employed by the NHS, whose leave is due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have their leave extended for 12 months. This extension will be automatic and free of charge, ensuring such workers continue to play a key role against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without being ‘distracted’ by the visa process.

In addition, the Home Office confirmed that:

• any dependant family member/s will also have their leave extended for 12 months

• there will no longer be a restriction on the number of hours student doctors and nurses can work in the NHS. The same restriction for trainee doctors and nurses has also been lifted

• pre-registered nurses who are required to sit their first test within three months and pass the test within 8 months (to achieve their full professional registration) will have until the end of the year to do so

• this extension of leave will be exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do. I don’t want them distracted by the visa process. That is why I have automatically extended their visas – free of charge – for a further year.’

Source: NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

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