UK health workers will have their visas extended for a year for free
This will mean that thousands doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, occupational therapists, psychologists as well as a range of allied health professionals will be able to continue their crucial work in the fight against coronavirus.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: We recognise the huge contribution healthcare professionals from overseas are making across the UK in fighting the devastating impact of coronavirus.
"We truly value the work these heroes are doing, which is why we’re renewing our free 12 month visa extension offer."
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: "I am hugely grateful for all of the frontline health and social care workers from overseas who have worked tirelessly to save lives and provide the best possible care during this global pandemic.
"This visa extension will help to benefit healthcare professionals who have shown extraordinary dedication during this challenging period to protect all of us and our families from the threat of the virus." ■