Indian medical doctors and nurses are amongst 14,000 candidates from the world over which might be set to learn from a one-year price waiver for visa extensions introduced on Friday for frontline staff coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK Residence Workplace mentioned that the free one-year visa extensions will probably be robotically granted to eligible abroad well being and care staff and their dependents whose visas have been as a result of expire earlier than October 1.
The extension will cowl healthcare professionals working within the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) and the unbiased well being and care sector, which incorporates numerous Indian professionals.
“The dedication and ability of abroad well being and care staff who’re main the UK’s battle towards coronavirus is really extraordinary,” mentioned UK Residence Secretary Priti Patel.
“1000’s of them have helped save numerous lives all through this pandemic and at the moment are enjoying a significant half within the vastly profitable vaccination rollout. Our provide of free visa extensions reveals how our nation values the contributions of those heroes,” she mentioned.
Periodic free visa extensions for well being staff have been introduced since final yr on the peak of the pandemic and the Residence Workplace mentioned it has prolonged the visas of greater than 10,000 folks throughout the UK.
The most recent extension is meant for medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists, psychologists and others to have the ability to proceed their essential work within the battle towards coronavirus as their visas will probably be prolonged for a yr, freed from all charges and fees, together with the Immigration Well being Surcharge.
“Our abroad well being and care staff make such a significant contribution to our well being system and have been a key a part of the battle towards the pandemic. They’re defending our family members and vaccinating the general public in order that we will save lives and return to normalcy,” mentioned UK Well being Secretary Matt Hancock.
“To assist these employees from abroad, we’re extending their visas to offer safety whereas they proceed to deal with this virus,” he mentioned.
The Residence Workplace mentioned that these benefiting from this extension might want to full a easy on-line kind to confirm their id, with employers requested to verify eligibility.
It additionally highlighted that the brand new Well being and Care Visa, which launched in August final yr, would make it “simpler, cheaper and faster” for the worldwide well being professionals to work within the NHS, the social care sector and for these organisations which give commissioned providers to the NHS. Up to now, greater than 20,000 folks have been granted a visa by means of the route.
Final yr, the Residence Workplace additionally expanded the Bereavement Scheme to all NHS, well being and social care staff to assist the household of frontline healthcare staff who die within the line of frontline duties.