Health and Care Worker Visa


A Health and Care Worker visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. If you or your close family member started living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme. Otherwise you need a visa to work in the UK. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Eligibility  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 has been approved by the Home Office; have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you have been offered in the UK; be paid a minimum salary - which depends on the type of work you do. Check with us if your job is eligible. You must have a confirmed job offer before you apply for your visa.

Knowledge of English   You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You will usually need to prove your knowledge of English when you apply. If you are not eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa, you may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK. 

How long you can stay   Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it. You will need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employer.

You must meet all of the requirements to be eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa: you are a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional, your job is eligible for this visa; you will be working for a UK health and care sector employer that has been approved by the Home Office. You will be paid the minimum salary or the ‘going rate’ for the type of work you’ll be doing - whichever is higher.

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