UK Health and care worker visa 2023 Guide
The UK Health and Care Worker visa allows medical professionals to come and work in the UK with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. Discover the essential details about the UK Health and Care Worker Visa. Get insights into the application process, eligibility criteria, and FAQs in this comprehensive guide.
UK Health And Care Worker Visa (Documents & Requirements)
Our experienced work visa lawyers can help you to apply for a Health and Care Worker visa (formerly a Tier 2 Health and Care visa) if you’re a medical professional who’s been offered a job with the NHS. In this guide we will look at the key elements for a health care worker visa including eligibility, documents and cost.
What is the health and care worker visa?
The Health and Care visa allows overseas workers with specialist skills to come to the UK to work for licensed employers in eligible roles.
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Who is eligible for health care visa?
To qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa, you must:
- be a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
- work in an eligible health or social care job
- work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
- have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
- be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do
You need to have a four digit occupation code before you can decide if you are eligible for the health care worker visa or not.
Eligible job roles for health care worker visa
|SOC Occupation code for health and care worker visas||Eligible job roles|
|1181||Health services and public health managers and directors|
|1242||Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors|
|2112||Biological scientists and biochemists|
|2219||Health professionals not elsewhere classified eg audiologists and occupational health advisers|
|2223||Speech and language therapists|
|2229||Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified eg osteopaths and psychotherapists|
|3218||Medical and dental technicians|
|3219||Health associate professionals not elsewhere classified|
|6141||Nursing auxiliaries and assistants|
|6145||Care workers & home carers|
|6146||Senior care workers|
Requirements for a Health and Care Worker Visa
In order to successfully qualify for a Health and Care Worker Visa, you will need to mee the following requirements:
- You hold a valid licence as a physician, nurse, health care provider, or adult social care worker;
- You hold or will hold a position that qualifies under the approved occupation codes list in the health or social care sector;
- You are employed by or will work for a UK employer in the health and care sector that has received the Home Office’s approval;
- You have been issued and assigned with a valid ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer;
- You mee the English language requirement to at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0);
- You will be paid the minimum salary OR the ‘going rate’, whichever is higher;
- You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds OR your employer ticked the box in CoS to certify your maintenance;
- You must provide a criminal record certificate, if working with vulnerable people; and
- You need to have a valid TB certificate (if applicable).
Documents required for health care worker visa
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
- your certificate of sponsorship reference number – your employer will give you this
- proof of your knowledge of English
- a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
- your job title and annual salary
- your job’s occupation code
- the name of your employer and their sponsor licence number – this will be on your certificate of sponsorship
Ask your employer for a copy of your certificate of sponsorship if you do not have one.
Health and care worker visa minimum salary
As part of your eligibility criteria for health and care worker visa, you must meet minimum salary requirements. This means that you must be paid at least the minimum salary or the going rate for the position offered, whichever is higher.
Typically, the health and care worker visa requires you to earn at least £26,200 a year, or £10.75 an hour. If your job’s current rate is higher than both, you should at least receive the going rate. For example, if your annual salary is £25,000, but the going rate for the job code is £26,800, you do not meet the salary requirement.
How much it costs
When you apply for a Health and Care Worker visa, you’ll need to have enough money to:
- pay the application fee
- support yourself when you arrive in the UK – you’ll usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you’re exempt)
You’ll be told how much you need to pay when you apply.
The standard application fee depends on whether you’ll be in the UK for:
- up to 3 years – £247 per person
- more than 3 years – £479 per person
The fee is the same whether you apply from inside or outside the UK.
How long it takes to get a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision within 3 weeks.
You’ll be contacted if your application will take longer, for example because:
- your supporting documents need to be verified
- you need to attend an interview
- of your personal circumstances, for example if you have a criminal conviction
Money to support yourself
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
Switch to health and care worker visa
You might be able to apply to change (‘switch’) to a Health and Care Worker visa if you’re already in the UK on a different type of visa.
If you switch to health and care worker visa, your partner or child’s visa will not automatically switch to this visa. If they do not switch their visa, it will be valid until its original end date. They can either apply at the same time as you, or at any time before their current visa expires.
How long you can stay
You can stay in the UK for as long as your employer is sponsoring you for, up to 5 years at a time. Your certificate of sponsorship will say how long your employer is sponsoring you for.
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