The UK authorities has confirmed an additional one-year visa extension for international docs and nurses, together with from India, whose visas are set to run out earlier than March 31, 2021, as they battle the coronavirus pandemic within the UK.
It follows an announcement earlier within the 12 months, providing free visa extensions for well being professionals, whose visas have been resulting from expire between March and October this 12 months.
This will imply that greater than 6,000 docs, nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists, psychologists in addition to a spread of allied well being professionals shall be eligible for an additional fee-free extension.
“We recognise the huge contribution healthcare professionals from overseas are making across the UK in fighting the devastating impact of coronavirus,” stated UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.
“We truly value the work these heroes are doing, which is why we’re renewing our free 12-month visa extension offer. We estimate this will benefit a further 6,000 dedicated frontline workers and their families who deserve our support and our gratitude,” she stated.
The extension, introduced by the UK Home Office final Friday, will cowl healthcare professionals working within the National Health Service (NHS) and the unbiased well being and care sector.
Their visas shall be prolonged for a 12 months, freed from all charges and costs, together with the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
Those benefiting from this extension might want to full a web based kind to confirm their identification, with their employers additionally requested to substantiate eligibility.
“This visa extension will help to benefit healthcare professionals who have shown extraordinary dedication during this challenging period to protect all of us and our families from the threat of the virus,” stated UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The UK authorities stated the newest transfer is only one a part of a spread of measures taken to assist the NHS and wider well being and care sector throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bereavement Scheme, which grants everlasting UK residency to the members of the family of abroad medics who die after contracting coronavirus, has additionally been expanded to all NHS, well being and social care staff.
Eligible well being professionals and their dependents also can apply for the brand new fast-track Health and Care Visa, which is meant to make it simpler, cheaper and faster for the worldwide well being professionals to work within the NHS, the social care sector and for these organisations which give commissioned providers to the NHS.
The UK has to date reported 1,515,802 circumstances of coronavirus together with 55,120 deaths, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University.