Do I need sponsorship to work in the UK healthcare sector if I have a graduate visa?

13 Nov 2023, 56 mins ago

If you hold a Graduate Visa and are considering a career in the UK healthcare sector, you might be wondering if you need sponsorship to work in this field. In this blog, we will introduce the details of working in the UK healthcare sector while holding a Graduate Visa, and whether sponsorship is required.

The Graduate Visa is designed for international students who have successfully completed a degree in the UK. This visa allows you to stay and work in the UK for two years (or three years if you have a doctoral degree) after completing your studies. Work (including self-employment and voluntary work) is permitted, apart from work as a professional sportsperson. It is a good opportunity to gain valuable work experience, explore career prospects, and possibly secure long-term employment in the UK.

The UK healthcare sector is highly regulated, and it is essential to understand the specific requirements for international graduates with a Graduate Visa who wish to work in this field.

The healthcare sector encompasses various roles, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare professionals. Generally speaking, all different kinds of work are permitted in the healthcare sector, but it is crucial to note that after your Graduate Visa expires, you may need a different type of visa, such as the Skilled Worker visa, which will typically require sponsorship from your employer. In summary, it is essential to research the requirements for your chosen role, reach out to potential employers, and understand the visa and sponsorship process thoroughly. Keep in mind that after your Graduate Visa expires, you may need to transition to a different work visa. We recommend consulting with an immigration expert or seeking legal guidance to ensure a smooth transition and continued employment after your Graduate Visa ends.

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