Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurse

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Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurse

Postby vokisu123 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:32 am

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year.

But NHS bosses say the rules are making it difficult to recruit enough staff.

The proposed changes relate to so-called Tier 2 visas - which are used by skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

On Tuesday, it was reported that 2,360 visa applications by doctors from outside the European Economic Area were refused in a five-month period, apparently because of the cap.

And in April, NHS bosses warned that immigration rules were hampering their ability to find workers after visas for 100 Indian doctors were refused.

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February.
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