Indian medical doctors and nurses are amongst 14,000 candidates from internationally which can 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 Home Office stated that the free one-year visa extensions shall be mechanically granted to eligible abroad well being and care staff and their dependents whose visas have been as a consequence of expire earlier than October 1.
The extension will cowl healthcare professionals working within the National Health Service (NHS) and the impartial well being and care sector, which incorporates a lot of Indian professionals.
“The dedication and skill of overseas health and care workers who are leading the UK’s fight against coronavirus is truly extraordinary,” stated UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.
“Thousands of them have helped save countless lives throughout this pandemic and are now playing a vital part in the hugely successful vaccination rollout. Our offer of free visa extensions shows how our country values the contributions of these heroes,” she stated.
Periodic free visa extensions for well being staff have been introduced since final 12 months on the peak of the pandemic and the Home Office stated it has prolonged the visas of greater than 10,000 folks throughout the UK.
The newest 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 struggle in opposition to coronavirus as their visas shall be prolonged for a 12 months, freed from all charges and prices, together with the Immigration Health Surcharge.
“Our overseas health and care workers make such a vital contribution to our health system and have been a key part of the fight against the pandemic. They are protecting our loved ones and vaccinating the public so that we can save lives and return to normalcy,” stated UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
“To help those staff from overseas, we are extending their visas to provide security while they continue to tackle this virus,” he stated.
The Home Office stated that these benefiting from this extension might want to full a easy on-line type to confirm their identification, with employers requested to verify eligibility.
It additionally highlighted that the brand new Health and Care Visa, which launched in August final 12 months, would make it “easier, cheaper and quicker” for the worldwide well being professionals to work within the NHS, the social care sector and for these organisations which offer commissioned providers to the NHS. So far, greater than 20,000 folks have been granted a visa via the route.
Last 12 months, the Home Office 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.