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UK to relax immigration rules for care workers

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 25th December, 2021 10:27:52 AM
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Immigration rules are to be temporarily relaxed for overseas care workers in a bid to recruit and keep staff, the government has announced, BBC reported.

Social care workers, care assistants and home care workers are to become eligible for a health and care visa for a 12-month period.

The government said this would make it easier to fill gaps in workforces.

It followed warnings the sector faced "severe and increasing" problems with hiring and keeping staff after Brexit.

Care workers are to be added to the shortage occupation list, which is designed to help migrants get work visas to fill jobs where there are shortages.

The temporary measures are expected to come into effect early next year, the Department of Health and Social Care said, and will be in place for a minimum of 12 months.

After this, the arrangement will be reviewed, the department added.