Overseas Care Workers to be included in Health and Care Worker Visa Route
Good news for overseas care worker who want to work in the UK. From 15 February, 2022 onwards The UK Government will include care workers in Health and care Visa Route.
The reasoning behind the expansion of the current Health and Care Visa route is to bring relief to the Care Worker industry. The Health and Care Worker industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and faces staff shortages and pressures.
Shortage Occupation List and Care Workers
The Shortage Occupation code 6145 will be included on the Shortage Occupation List from 15 February 2022. The code includes job titles such as:
• Care Assistant
• Care Worker
• Home Care Assistant
• Home Carer and Support Worker (Nursing Home).
In its statement, the Home Office said that private households and individuals (other than sole traders sponsoring someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor Skilled Worker applicants. Home Carers will thus only be able to be sponsored on the route if they are working for an organisation able to meet the sponsorship requirement.
The inclusion of the Care Workers on the Shortage Occupation List will likely stipulate a minimum annual salary of £20,480 for carers to qualify. If they meet this minimum salary, they should be eligible for the UK Health and Care Worker Visa.
Fast-Track processing will be available. Dependent will most likely be able to apply to accompany the main applicant.