New Statement of Changes HC 556

20 Feb 2024, 10 mins ago

Impact on Care workers – Restrictions on Dependants and Termination of Ukraine Family Scheme

In a move that has garnered both anticipation and surprise, the Home Office has recently unveiled a significant update in its immigration rules, outlined in the Statement of Changes HC 556. This statement not only addresses alterations to the Ukraine visa schemes but also introduces amendments to the Skilled Worker route, particularly impacting care workers.

Starting with the Ukraine scheme, one notable change involves the closure of the Ukraine Family Scheme, effective immediately from 3PM on 19 February 2024. This leaves the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme as the primary route now available, though with a revised visa duration (from 36 months to 18 months) and the introduction of sponsor eligibility criteria for applications involving unaccompanied minors. Furthermore, applications under the Ukraine scheme will be assessed with additional grounds for refusal criteria, which include previous breaches of the UK immigration rules and failure to provide information.

In parallel, adjustments to the Skilled Worker route signify a swift response to immigration abuse concerns, particularly within the healthcare sector. In a controversial move, dependants of care workers and senior care workers will no longer be eligible to accompany the main applicant to the UK for applications submitted after 10 March 2024. Additionally, care providers in England who are looking to sponsor care workers will be required to register with the Care Quality Commission.

These changes underscore the UK Government’s commitment to managing immigration effectively. With these changes in place, legal counsel and strategic guidance become even more important, as affected individuals and organisations must ensure compliance with these new regulations.

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