If you are looking to get a Care Worker Visa to the UK, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to be qualified to get employment from a UK Health Organization.
Some of the requirements include:
- Being a Qualified Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse (R.N), Health Professional ex (Biochemist, Lab Scientist, Microbiologist, Radiologist, Phlebotomist etc) or Adult Social Care Professional.
Note that while the other health professions need a degree or certification from an Institute of higher learning (University/Polytechnic/Med School/Nursing School), the Adult Social Care Professional does not necessarily require a Degree or specialized institution of higher learning which makes it a great choice for Nigerians and other Africans looking to move to the UK.
- In order to get a care worker job with Visa sponsorship to the UK, your employer needs to be a Health and Care sector employer who must be approved by the home office. (A lot of agencies lie about giving you employment to come to the UK through a tier 2 visa sponsorship but they are not Health care organizations approved by the home office so you need to be wary of this when dealing with any agency who promises you care worker jobs in the UK.
The 3 tiers of organizations that qualify to give health care sponsorship visa in the UK are:
1. The NHS itself
2. An establishment providing medical services to the NHS
3. An establishment providing adult social care inside the UK
- The minimum salary for care worker jobs in the UK is at least £20,480 per annum or £10.10 per hour.
Note that not every Health Care Worker is qualified for a visa in the UK. Some professions are preferable to others. You need to know your occupation code to know if you are eligible for a UK health care visa with job sponsorship.
For those who do not know their ONS code, we have produced a list of the most in-demand ONS codes for healthcare workers in the UK.
Check the list to see if your occupation is eligible for a visa in the UK.
- 1181: health services and public health managers and directors
- 1242: residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
- 2112: biological scientists and biochemists
- 2113: physical scientists
- 2211: medical practitioners
- 2212: psychologists
- 2213: pharmacists
- 2214: ophthalmic opticians
- 2215: dental practitioners
- 2217: medical radiographers
- 2218: podiatrists
- 2219: health professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as audiologists and occupational health advisers
- 2221: physiotherapists
- 2222: occupational therapists
- 2223: speech and language therapists
- 2229: therapy professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as osteopaths and psychotherapists
- 2231: nurses
- 2232: midwives
- 2442: social workers
- 3111: laboratory technicians
- 3213: paramedics
- 3216: dispensing opticians
- 3217: pharmaceutical technicians
- 3218: medical and dental technicians
- 3219: health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
- 6141: nursing auxiliaries and assistants
- 6143: dental nurses
- 6145: care workers and home carers
- 6146: senior care workers
If you do not find your occupation in the list above, you can use this tool to check periodically as the list of required professionals in the UK health care sector is often updated over time.
Did you find your profession amongst the list of UK health care workers’ occupation codes published above? The next step will be to look for qualified health care service providers in the UK and apply to them if you are qualified.
If you have any questions about this process, simply ask in the comments section below. Our team will be glad to respond to them.
We wish you the best in your travel abroad journey and don’t forget to stay tuned to Lavhi to get more important updates like this.
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