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Migrating to the UK as a Carer – The New UK Care Worker Visa Explained

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Migrating to the UK as a Carer

Migrating to the UK as a carer might sound like an easy task, but when you get into the planning stages there are many things you need to think about.

What is the UK Care Worker Visa?

Officially known as the UK Health and Care Visa, the visa allows healthcare professionals and care workers to come to work in the United Kingdom in a number of jobs in the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) for the health and care sector. The SOL was expanded in December 2021 to include care jobs effectively allowing carers to become eligible to apply for the visa from February 15, 2022.

What is the Purpose of the Visa?

The visa was first introduced in 2020 as a replacement for the Skill Worker visa / Tier 2 General visa and expanded further effective from February 15, 2022 to allow care workers to apply. The care worker visa is designed to fast track the recruitment of key workers for the healthcare sector to fill chronic gaps in the workforce. The manpower shortage worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic and after the UK left the European Union (Brexit) hence the UK Government’s decision to introduce this visa.

Can I Bring My Family With Me?

Dependants (spouse and children under the age of 18) of the visa holder are able to join them in the UK if they want. The visa can lead to settlement or indefinite leave to remain in the UK after 5 years. Settled migrants can apply for naturalisation to become British citizens after one year.

What Types of Jobs are Eligible for the Visa?

The relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes which meet the eligibility requirements for the Health and Care Worker visa for Carers are as follows:

6141: nursing auxiliaries and assistants

6145: care workers and home carers

6146: senior care workers

Other jobs which are mainly for healthcare professionals and managers are:

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

6143: dental nurses

How Do I Apply for the UK Care Visa as a Carer?

To apply for the UK Health and Care Visa, first you must have received an employment offer in an eligible care job in the shortage occupation list. The job offer must be with a minimum salary of £20,480

Secondly, the employer must have applied and obtained a certificate of sponsorship (COS) aka work permit for you. It is these two along with other supporting documents you will require for your visa application.

Who can Apply for a Care Visa as a Carer?

The visa scheme is opened to anyone regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion as long as they can demonstrate to the employer sponsoring the job that they are able to do the job.

In essence anyone from any country willing to work as a carer in the UK can apply for job as a Carer and by extension for the visa.

You do not need to be a healthcare professional to apply for this type of job.

What are Care Jobs?

Care jobs are the jobs concerned with providing personal and supportive care services to the elderly, patients and the vulnerable. These include job titles like Care Assistant, Care Worker, Carer, Home Care Assistant, Home Carer and Support Worker. In the hospital, these will include Health Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant and Auxiliary Nurse.

How do I get a UK Care Job Offer?

The best way is to apply directly to any recruiting organisation that offers sponsorship for foreign workers. A sponsoring organisation is one that has been approved by the UK Government (Home Office) to recruit and sponsor non-UK/Irish citizens or permanent residents.

To apply for job from a sponsoring organisation, search for job vacancies they publish online and other platforms. Top job sites for UK care jobs include:

• Socialcare.co.uk

• Communitycare.co.uk

• Carehome.co.uk

• Apps.trac.jobs

• www.careuk247.co.uk

• Indeed.co.uk

You can also Google “UK care worker jobs with visa sponsorship”.

What do I Need to Get a UK Care job?

In general no qualification is required to apply for the UK Care visa or get a care job. In addition, most of employers will train you when you start working with them. However for you be competitive and to significantly increase your chances of finding a job, it is advisable you undergo training in care giving. Understandably preference will be given for those with prior training and cognate work experience.

There are numerous organisations providing care training alongside work placement in care home, domiciliary care and hospital for internship. You can equally develop more competencies by further participating in online training courses.

In addition to your training, you can acquire experience by taking up paid or unpaid job (volunteer) as a carer in a care home, nursing home, rehabilitation centre, learning disability centre, adult day care centre or a hospital. You can equally acquire experience through caring for elderly family members or those who have a debilitating health condition or disability.

What do I need to Apply for a UK Care Job?

Aside from completing a standard application form, you may be required to submit your CV, a supporting statement, or a cover letter if you are considering migrating to the UK as a Carer.

What Are The Requirements for Applying and Migrating to the UK as a Carer?

• Your letter of employment from an approved sponsor showing your job title and annual salary

• Job’s occupation code

• Your certificate of sponsorship – this a unique reference number your employer will give you

• proof of your knowledge of English – a degree taught in English that is comparable to a UK degree or IELTS at an appropriate band CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0)

• a valid passport

• evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK, for example bank statements (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your employer can support you)

• proof of your relationship with your partner or children if they’re applying with you

• your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country

• a criminal record certificate (Police report)

What Else Might I Require?

Some employers require their care workers to have a driving license. This is mainly for domiciliary care work that requires visiting clients at their home.

It is important to have your COVID-19 vaccination record to consider migrating to the UK as a Carer.

How Long Does the Visa Application Take?

Migrating to the UK as a Carer is not a hard knot to crack. According to the UK Government, the processing time for the care visa is usually three weeks from the date the biometrics are taken for the visa application.

What are the Financial Costs of Applying for the UK Care Worker Visa

Some employers offer relocation package that covers the cost of applying for the visa, flight ticket, airport pickup and accommodation for 1-3 months. However where such is not offered by the employer, you must be prepared to fund your relocation by yourself.

• Visa fee – £232 for visa of up to 3 years or £464 for visa of more than 3 years

• Maintenance fee – bank statement showing you have a balance of £1,270

• Applicants are exempted from International Health Surcharge (HIS) of £470

• Flight ticket – varies

How do I know if a Recruiting Employer can Sponsor the Care Visa?

Only an organisation that has a sponsorship license issued to them by the UK Government (Home Office) can sponsor your visa. You can confirm their sponsorship status by checking out these websites:

  • UK Gov
  • Companies House
  • Uksponsors.co.uk
  • NHS Employers
  • Uktiersponsors.co.uk

Are There Examples of Organisations Currently Recruiting Care Workers?

Caremark via Laimoon.com

A1 Care

HCA Healthcare Uk

Daytime Healthcare

J.C Michael Groups

Good Care Group

Social Care Alba

Heathrow Services

Where Can I do More Online Care Training?

E-Learning for you

Florence.co.uk (Florence Academy)

Social Care TV

Class Central

Reed.co.uk

How Can MyMedicalBank Ltd Assist Care Workers?

As a health technology company, we leverage digital technology to connect consumers with healthcare providers and to facilitate capacity building among healthcare professionals. In particular, through our partnership with a number of care homes, we train care workers under the auspices of our monthly Home Care Attendant Training (HCAT).

Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a Care Certificate with which they are registered as Home Care Attendants for free on MyMedicalBank app (www.mymedicalbank.com) – a digital platform that connects health workers with job opportunities. We equally support those interested in applying for the UK Care Visa with the relevant information to aid their success.

To register for the training or to learn more, go to www.mymedicalbank.com/training.

Watch our UK Care Visa Webinar here and view pictures from our Home Care Attending training here.

About Us

We are registered as MyMedicalBank Ltd in the UK ( Company No.1367110 ) and in Nigeria (RC 1548912 ). Our flagship digital product, MyMedicalBank was voted as the Best Booking Platform for Health Consumers in Nigeria in 2021 by Global Health and Pharma of U.K.

Our Founder and CEO, Ayo Adebamowo was named in 2019 as one of the 70 Most Outstanding Nigerian Healthcare Professionals in the United Kingdom.

Do you have any question or comment about the UK Care Visa or working as a Care Worker? We would like to hear from you in the comment section below.

35 thoughts on “Migrating to the UK as a Carer – The New UK Care Worker Visa Explained

  1. Good day.my name is Aramide Olugbenga-wyse. I did my training with mymedical bank in 2020, after that,i got another certification from the America caregiver association and i also have my First Aid and CPR certificate .since then i have been working part time as a caregiver at a private residence. Am interested in the UK care visa.pls how can you be of help. Thank you

    1. Dear Aramide, we have a WhatsApp group for our caregivers where information is shared with those interested in pursuing UK immigration opportunities. Send a WhatsApp chat to our customer line on +234 802 759 0165 and we will respond to you from there.

  2. Good morning sir/ma am Modupeoluwa Olopade,I had my training at mymedical bank in 2020,am interested in the UK work visa

  3. Greetings, am Mr Miracle Osemwegie I will love to be a member of UK care workers, how can I apply

    1. Dear Maria, we don’t provide care jobs in the UK but can guide you in the right direction. We provide care training and assign participants to care homes for work internship. We also issue certificate on completion. If you are interested, complete this form and our customer service team will contact you afterwards: http://www.mymedicalbank.com/training.

  4. I am a Nigerian seeking for tier 2 sponsorship to enable me work as a carer in UK
    I will like to be assisted on how to apply for the right jobs with the sponsorship
    Thank you so much

      1. Good morning, can a 55 years old woman who is about to retire from service be allowed to work as assistant care worker/carer in uk

    1. Hi Grace, to get a caregiver job in the UK, you will need to apply for job opportunities with UK care organisations who offer visa sponsorship. There are numerous websites where you can find these types of vacancies, please refer to our article on this for specific examples. MyMedicalBank does not offer jobs that come with certificate of sponsorship.

    1. Hi Grace, to get a caregiver job in the UK, you will need to apply for job opportunities with UK care organisations who offer visa sponsorship. There are numerous websites where you can find these types of vacancies, please refer to our article on this for specific examples.

    1. Hi Brown, to get a caregiver job in the UK, you will need to apply for job opportunities with care organisations who offer visa sponsorship. There are numerous websites where you can find these types of vacancies, please refer to our article on this for specific examples.

  5. Good afternoon. Am ogundeji faith sheke from Nigeria.How can I apply for a job as a caregiver in the UK with my children. And how can I be trained as a caregiver in ur organization? And how much will it cost me? Thanks

    1. You can search online for care jobs with visa sponsorship in the UK and apply directly by yourself.
      Our care training runs for 2 weeks including internship at care homes for work placement. It costs N100,000. You can register your interest by going to http://www.mymedicalbank.com/training.

    1. We don’t apply for the UK care visa for anyone. We provide training in caregiving and offer training participants support with useful information to support their job hunting and visa application process.

  6. My name is precious….
    Please I want to know , during the 3years contract of sponsorship can a care giver visit his/her country then return back to UK to continue the job?

    1. Yes during the 3-year sponsorship or 5-year sponsorship, you are free to travel in and out of the UK. There is a limit however on the total number of days you can be out of the UK in that period.

    1. Yes you can have your children apply for visa to travel with you as your dependants.
      You can also choose to travel to the UK first before inviting them over to apply for their own visa as your dependants.

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