UK: visa cap lifted for NHS nurses and doctors

07 September 2018

The Home Office has announced that NHS nurses and doctors are to be excluded from the cap on skilled worker visas.

This ends the restriction on the numbers of nurses and doctors, from outside the European Economic Area, who can be employed through the tier 2 visa route.

The tier 2 visa route, which has had an annual cap of 20,700 since 2011, has recently seen the number of applications exceed the monthly allocation of available places. This has been driven largely by demand from the NHS, which accounts for around 40% of all tier 2 places.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘I recognise the pressures faced by the NHS and other sectors in recent months. Doctors and nurses play a vital role in society and at this time we need more in the UK. That is why I have reviewed our skilled worker visa route.’

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