The UK Government Creates a New Fast-Track Visa for Health Professionals

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Are you a foreign trained physiotherapist interested in working in the UK? then this is good news for you.

The UK government has come up with a new Health and care visa that just takes about 3 weeks to process. It is also cheaper than other UK Skilled workers visa and health professionals would be able to start applying for this new visa from next month.

According to the Home Secretary Priti Patel:

We are indebted to overseas health and care professionals for their tremendous contributions, not just in saving thousands of lives throughout this crisis, but for the vital role they play year-round.

This new visa is part of our new immigration system making it quicker, cheaper and easier for the best and brightest health and care professionals from around the globe to work in our brilliant NHS.


Our health and care system has always had a proud tradition of welcoming overseas staff to work, train and live in the UK, and I’m proud that the NHS is a destination of choice for talented people from around the world.

The unwavering commitment, skill and compassion staff have shown during the fight against this deadly virus is nothing short of phenomenal, and the reimbursement of the immigration health surcharge recognises the enormous contribution of those who have come to the UK to work in health and social care.

I’m incredibly proud of our health and care workforce and look forward to welcoming new professionals from across the globe to continue the fantastic work to ensure our health system remains the best in the world.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock

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