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UK Tier 2 Visa Cap Exemption for Medical Professionals is a Success

August 2018, 22
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The UK Visa has undergone a change, and now non-EU doctors and nurses have received an exemption  from the cap on UK Tier 2 visa. This will make it easy for other professionals to reach the UK.  The government has a long-term plan for the N.H.S., and there will be not be any bar on the numbers regarding hiring overseas medical professionals from outside the European Union in the Tier 2 visas. This exemption is helpful to immigrants who wish to apply for a visa from foreign lands. Several employers who have the Tier 2 License will also benefit from this development. This has also resulted in issuing many more visas in the other quotas. Also the senior healthcare officials have welcomed this will as it will give the NHS, the capability to hire additional international medical professionals, and also provide exceptional patient care. 

Tier 2 visa demand

 Owing to the annual cap of 20,700, thousands of overseas medical professionals, who secured British jobs, had faced the rejection of the Tier 2 visa applications.  The demand for Tier 2 visas is fuelled by the NHS, which accounts for 40% of Tier 2 places. A report, furthermore says that 2,630 doctors from the non-EU areas did not get a visa over in the past five months, in spite of a staff shortage in NHS. This exemption comes as a huge relief for trusts, in the country, who were finding it hard, to fill up the vacancies of doctors and nurses.

This exemption came subsequent to a great deal of discussions participated by the government officials and NHS. Now the NHS can recruit the doctors as there is an urgently requirement.

The Home Secretary is planning for a system of universal immigration, which will not give any preference to EU nationals after the exit of Britain from the bloc.

Other details

Commenting on the easing of restrictions, the Home Secretary said that the Doctors play an important role in society.  Presently there is a great need for them in the UK.  A change Tier 2 visa cap brings many benefits to other sectors. It will free many Tier 2 places for hiring other top and skilled persons like engineers, teachers and IT professionals. The existing rules, say that hiring for work in UK requires a minimum salary of £30,000. They must also have the Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, from the employer. The cap was arbitrary and unhelpful and excluding the medics is a good step forward. Training the UK medical staff itself will also be attractive in the long run.

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