UK: Visa rules forcing migrant NHS workers to leave UK amid Covid second wave

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The government's visa rules are having a significant impact upon peoples' lives in the midst of the pandemic, and are reportedly taking heavy toll on the workforce in the health service, where almost 14% of staff are not British nationals.

Visa rules forcing migrant NHS workers to leave UK amid Covid second wave (The Guardian, link):

"Migrant healthcare workers are having to return to their countries of origin, potentially hampering Britain’s response to the second wave of coronavirus, after the expiry of visas to support the NHS, trade unions and charities have warned.

Unison has called on the government to stop forcing out key workers in the health and care sectors and to stop barring potential new ones from coming to work here.

Along with key workers forced to return to their home countries, many who are still in the UK are struggling to renew their visas due to delays and prohibitive costs and have become overstayers as a result, something which can further hamper their ability to renew their visas."

 

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