Those considering pursuing a career the UK healthcare sector will normally require a work visa before they are able to come to the UK.
For UK immigration purposes, Nigerian nationals are considered as visa nationals; therefore, a visa will be required before they are able to enter the UK. If you are interested in working in the UK healthcare sector, you will need to obtain a work visa prior to starting employment.
In particular, if you are looking to undertake employment as a care assistant, the most appropriate visa type for you would be the Health Care Worker visa. This visa falls under the Skilled Worker visa route, which will allow you to live and work in the UK on a semi-permanent basis. The duration of your stay will depend on your employer’s needs and your work start and end dates.
It is worth noting that you can apply for your Health and Care Worker visa no earlier than 3 months before the day you are due to start your job in the UK.
There are a number of requirements that you will need to meet before you can apply for this visa type. Prior to preparing your application, you have to secure a job offer from an approved UK employer and ensure that you have the relevant skills necessary to perform your role. You will also need to show that you meet the English language requirement and have completed the necessary checks, such as obtaining a valid negative Tuberculosis test. Please note that according to recent announcement by the Home Secretary, dependants may no longer be eligible to join the main applicant in the UK from early Spring 2024. As such, if you are thinking of relocating to the UK with your family, you should get in touch with one of our Solicitors as soon as possible to expedite your application process.
To ensure you are eligible for the Health and Care Worker visa and able to provide all the necessary documents, it is recommended to speak with an immigration adviser to avoid unnecessary delays and complications with your visa process.
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