Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed the Government’s announcement that doctors and nurses will be excluded from the cap on visas for skilled migrants coming to the UK.
The move, announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, will mean that more doctors and nurses will be able to come to the UK to fill vacancies in the NHS, without being counted in the numbers of Tier 2 visas issued for skilled workers. Tier 2 visas have a cap on the total number that can be issued each year to people wanting to come to work in the UK.
Andrew said: “The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, so it is vital that we have the workforce that we need so we can have the best services possible. This announcement means that as we leave the European Union we will be able to recruit more highly skilled medical staff to come and work in our hospitals and GP surgeries, and ensure that we have a workforce in our health service that is fit for the future.”
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.
“This is about finding a solution to increased demand and to support our essential national services.”
This change to the rules will also free up places in the Tier 2 visa scheme for people in other skilled occupations such as engineers, IT professionals and teachers to come to the UK to take up jobs.
The regulations will be laid before Parliament on Friday and come into force immediately.