If you are considering applying for, extending, or switching to a UK Health and Care Worker visa, our team of expert immigration solicitors in London can help.

You can contact our UK work visa solicitors in London by calling 0203 417 3700 for immigration advice and help with your health and care visa application.

Understanding of Health and Care Worker visa

A Health and Care Worker visa is a category of UK work visa that was introduced specifically for healthcare professionals. It allows eligible individuals to enter or remain in the UK to work in an eligible health or social care job, providing healthcare services in a qualified role.

This visa category is part of the UK's immigration system and is intended to facilitate the entry of skilled healthcare professionals into the country.

Key points about the Health and Care Worker visa in the UK include:

  1. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this visa, individuals typically need to have a job offer from a UK employer in the health or social care sector. There are specific requirements and criteria that applicants must meet, including English language proficiency and professional qualifications.
  2. Employer Sponsorship: Applicants must have a job offer from a UK employer who is a licensed sponsor. The employer must issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to support the visa application.
  3. Types of Jobs Covered: The Health and Care Worker visa is designed for a range of roles within the health and social care sectors, including nurses, doctors, social workers, and other healthcare professionals.
  4. Length of Visa: Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it. You’ll need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employers.
  5. Applying from Overseas: Applicants typically need to apply for this visa from outside the UK. They may need to provide various documents, such as proof of qualifications, a valid job offer, and evidence of English language proficiency.

Common types of health and care worker visa applications

As a specialist team of UK immigration solicitors in London, we deal with all types of Health and Care Worker visa applications.

There are several types of UK Health and Worker visa applications, including:

How to apply for a health and care worker visa UK?

The process for applying for a health and care worker visa in the UK involves several steps. Keep in mind that immigration procedures can change, so it's crucial to consult with an immigration solicitor for the latest information.

Below is a general list of steps involved in a UK Health and Care Worker visa application process:

  1. Check your eligibility for a UK health and care worker visa.
  2. Complete and submit the health and care worker visa application form online.
  3. Pay the health and care worker visa application fee.
  4. Upload all the supporting documents.
  5. Book a biometric appointment.
  6. Wait for a decision.

UK health and care worker visa processing time

Applications for Health and Care Worker visas made from inside the UK usually take 8 weeks on average. However, you may be eligible to apply using priority service to get a faster decision.

You should receive a decision on your Health and Care Worker visa application within 3 weeks if you’re applying from outside the UK.

Switch to a health and care worker visa

If you’re in the UK on a different type of visa, as a medical professional you might be able to apply to switch to a Health and Care visa from inside the UK.

Extension of health and care worker visa

A UK Health and Care Worker visa holder can further extend a visa before it expires if the applicant wants to continue the same job with the same employer. You can apply for a Health and Care Worker visa extension 60 days before the expiry of your current visa. The applicant must meet all the eligibility requirements as set in the Immigration Rules.

How can an immigration solicitor help with a health and care worker visa application?

An immigration solicitor can provide valuable assistance throughout the process of applying for a UK Health and Care Worker visa. Here are some ways in which an immigration solicitor can help:

  1. Understanding Eligibility Requirements: Immigration solicitors are familiar with the intricate details of immigration laws and policies. They can assess your circumstances and help you understand whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the Health and Care Worker visa.
  2. Documentation Assistance: One of the critical aspects of a visa application is providing the necessary documentation. An immigration solicitor can guide you on the specific documents required, help you gather and organise them, and ensure that everything is in order before submission.
  3. Application Preparation: The application process for a UK visa can be complex. Immigration solicitors can assist in preparing and completing the visa application forms, ensuring that all information is accurate and presented in a way that meets the requirements.
  4. Sponsorship Issues: If your application involves employer sponsorship, an immigration solicitor can liaise with your prospective employer, guide them through the sponsorship process, and help ensure that all necessary documentation is provided.
  5. Addressing Complications or Refusals: If there are complications during the application process or if your application is refused, an immigration solicitor can provide advice on the best course of action. They may assist in challenging refusals through appeals or other appropriate channels.
  6. Legal Representation: In certain cases, especially those involving complex issues or legal challenges, having legal representation can be beneficial. An immigration solicitor can represent you during any legal proceedings related to your visa application.
  7. Keeping Updated with Changes: Immigration laws and policies can change, and an immigration solicitor can keep you informed about any recent developments that may impact your case. They can ensure that your application aligns with the latest regulations.

How to contact our health and care worker visa solicitors?

If you need help with any type of UK Health and Care Worker visa application, please contact our team of immigration solicitors in London at 0203 417 3700.

Alternatively, send an email to us at info@wembleysolicitors.com or fill in the online enquiry form, and one of our solicitors shall call you back.

Our team of experienced solicitors understands the complex requirements of this visa category and can help you navigate the application process with ease.

Book a consultation with a health and car worker visa solicitor

For detailed advice, you can book an In-Person, Online, or Phone consultation session with our expert UK immigration solicitors in London for just £60 (Plus VAT).

During the consultation session, our immigration solicitor will discuss your immigration matter in detail and advise you about the relevant immigration laws, procedures, requirements, and documents.

How much does a health and care worker visa solicitor cost?

Our immigration visa solicitors charge a fixed fee of £1000 (Plus VAT) for complete legal services for the UK health and care worker visa application. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you must be in the UK under a visa category that allows switching to a Health and Care Worker visa. For example, you can't switch if you are in the UK on a Visitor visa or a Short-term Student visa.

Yes, you can switch to different a job role with your current employer. You do not need to make a change of employment application.

You will need to provide proof of employment in the health and care sector, a certificate of sponsorship, evidence of your knowledge of the English language, and other supporting documents depending on your circumstances and type of job.

You must demonstrate your knowledge of the English language by passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

If the applicant has completed a degree-level course that was taught in English, they may be exempt from the English language test requirement.

If an applicant is a citizen of a country where English is the majority language, they will automatically meet the English language requirement.

In the unfortunate event of a denial, immigration solicitors can advise on the reasons for refusal, help you understand your options, and assist with the appeal process if applicable.

We have extensive experience in handling UK work visa applications, including the Health and Care Worker visa. Our team can guide you through the process and help ensure your application is complete and error-free, minimising the risk of delays or complications.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss your Health and Care Worker visa application with us, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0203 417 3700, and we will be happy to assist you.