The Government should introduce legislation to offer non-UK NHS workers and social care workers automatic Indefinite Leave to Remain as they stay and risk their own lives and their families lives to look after the British people during the COVID -19 pandemic crisis.
1. Offer Indefinite Leave to Remain to all NHS and social care workers
13/12/2020 - Petitions
Found: The Government should introduce legislation to offer non-UK NHS workers and social care workers automatic
2. Written evidence submitted by the British Medical Association (IB17)
19/06/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
Written evidence submitted by the British Medical
3. Letter from the Home Secretary on visa extensions for care workers and NHS staff dated 29 April 2020
29/04/2020 - Inquiry: Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: regarding visa extensions for care workers and the announced NHS visa extension offer. I
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4. Written evidence submitted by UNISON (IB10)
16/06/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: union with 1.3 million members. Our members are
people working in the public services, for private contractors
5. Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan
15/04/2020 - Department of Health and Social Care
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15 April 2020
1. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
22/07/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: fairer points-based immigration system which treats people in the same way, regardless of their nationality - Speech Link
2. Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020
23/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: live in the UK, it is the contributions made over the course of their lives that enable our NHS to continue - Speech Link
3. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
30/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: impact of the Act upon the health and social care sectors across the UK to be produced and laid before Parliament - Speech Link
2: 2—Children in care and children entitled to care leaving support: Entitlement to remain—‘(1) Any - Speech Link
4. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
18/05/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: could have imagined just a few months ago. The British people are making extraordinary sacrifices as we pull - Speech Link
5. Health and Social Care Workers: Recognition and Reward
25/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: the recognition and reward of health and social care workers.The Petitions Committee is delighted - Speech Link
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The UK Govt has said it will extend the visas of those frontline workers, such as doctors, nurses and paramedics "so they can focus on fighting coronavirus", but this will only apply to around 5,000 NHS workers.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics and social care workers from all over the world are playing a leading role in the NHS and social care. The country owes them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do. So give right to stay.
The Government recognises the vital contribution of overseas NHS workers but to qualify for ILR a person must meet various requirements including a substantial period in their sponsored occupation.
The Government recognises the significant contribution which health and care workers from overseas have made in tackling the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The Home Office introduced several unprecedented measures over recent months to ensure these individuals are supported, including the Health and Care visa which launched on 4 August. This delivers and builds upon the Government’s commitment to introduce a route which makes it quicker, easier and significantly cheaper for eligible people working in health and social care to come to the UK with their families. It will also benefit eligible workers in the UK, if they are extending their visa.
We have also extended the visas of more than 6,000 health professionals, and their eligible dependants, working for the NHS and independent health and care providers. This 12-month extension applied to eligible health workers whose visas expired between 31 March and 1 October 2020, to enable them to focus on fighting the pandemic. This extension was free of charge and included an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
As announced on 20 November, we renewed our visa extension offer for eligible health professionals and their family dependants, in view of the increased volumes of those testing positive for the virus within the UK population and the re-introduction of restrictions. This offer is open to anyone subject to UK immigration control, working in the relevant professions whose visa expires between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.
However, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is based on several requirements, including a period of lawful residence in the UK without excess absences, sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK, and any specific requirements of the visa route a person is on. The standard requirement of 5 years to achieve settlement is based on applicants building up ties and an ongoing commitment to the UK.
Given the provisions which we have already put in place to support those working in the NHS and social workers, we do not intend to make a more general grant of ILR in the way the petition suggests.