Health and Care Worker Visa For Ghanaians

The UK Health and Care Worker visa allows Ghanaian medical professionals to enter the UK and work in an eligible role. Before applicants are issued this visa, they must have received a job offer from a licensed health institution.

To know more about eligibility criteria for a UK Health and Care Worker visa, application costs, and more, Total Law can help. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online enquiry form.

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    What Is The UK Health and Care Worker Visa?

    The UK Health and Care Worker visa is designed for Ghanaian professional healthcare workers to enter the UK and work for licensed employers in eligible health roles in the adult care sector (working as senior carers), NHS (National Health Service), or an NHS supplier.

    This visa is specifically open to a few healthcare professionals namely, pharmacists, doctors, medical and dental technicians, occupational health advisers, health associate professionals, registered nurses, and adult social care workers.

    The UK authorities designed the Health and Care Worker visa to help meet the demands for professional healthcare workers in the UK healthcare sector. Ghanaian applicants who hold this visa have the opportunity to settle in the UK permanently.

    The Health Care Worker visa allows its holder to enter the UK and stay for up to 5 years and can extend it for as many times as they want.

    Alternatively, the visa holder can apply for indefinite leave to remain (settled status) after staying in the UK for 5 years, provided they meet all the requirements.

    With the settled status, the applicant will no longer be restricted by the rules of their visa sponsorship. This implies that the applicant will be free to change employers or jobs without applying for another visa.

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      Health and Care Worker Visa Eligibility & Requirements For Employers & Employees

      As a UK-licensed employer, to sponsor a Ghanaian health and care worker, you must:

      • Apply online for a worker’s licence
      • Be enrolled into the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
      • Provide an open position that is eligible for sponsorship
      • Have a suitable business
      • Pay £1,476 for medium and large organisations or pay £536 for small businesses and charities (anyone that applies to you)

      Your prospective Ghanaian employee must meet the Carer visa UK requirements. They must:

      • Be certified nurses, doctors, health professionals, or adult social care professionals
      • Have received a CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) from you stating the roles you have offered them
      • Be working in one of the eligible roles in the social or healthcare sector
      • Have received a job offer from you
      • Meet the salary requirements typically earning about £26,200 per year. However, meeting this requirement depends on the type of job role
      • Meet the Health and Care visa UK IELTS requirement. Be able to read, write, speak and understand English to a minimum of B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) scale. If you have a degree-level academic qualification that was taught in English or you’re from a majority English-speaking country, you’ll be exempted from meeting this requirement

      Application Fees for the Health and Care Worker Visa

      Ghanaian professional healthcare workers seeking to obtain Health and Care visas must pay their visa application fees depending on how long they intend to stay in the country. The fees they must pay include:

      • £284 for 3 years per applicant
      • £551 for more than 3 years per applicant
      • £19.20 for biometric information

      Note that the above-mentioned fees must be paid whether the applicant is applying from outside or within the UK. Ghanaian applicants must also have up to £1,270 in their bank accounts for their upkeep when they enter the UK.

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      Health and Care Worker Visa Step By Step Application Process

      As a Ghanaian citizen who wants to obtain a UK Health and Care Work visa from Ghana, note that you must apply online via the website of the Home Office. You may not know how to approach the online application and provide the required documents. For this reason, it’s best to seek expert guidance from our friendly OISC-certified immigration lawyers to guide you through the application stages. You can call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online contact form for immediate assistance.

      However, to apply for the UK Health and Care Worker visa as a health professional, you can take the following steps:

      Know If You Qualify

      The first thing you must know is your eligibility for the Health and Care Worker visa. This is also why it’s important to consult a professional immigration lawyer to assess you and your qualifications and know if this visa is the best route for you to enter the UK for work purposes.

      Secure a Job

      You must have received a job offer from a licensed UK employer before you start your application for the Health and Care Worker visa.

      Get a Certificate of Sponsorship

      You must receive a certificate of sponsorship from your employer to apply for this visa. The certificate of sponsorship bears a unique reference number which you’ll use for the online application from Ghana.

      Prepare the Required Documents

      You must gather all the required documents for your visa application. These documents must include proof of your eligibility for the Health Care Worker visa

      Complete Online Application Form

      Fill out your online application form with accurate information as falsification of information may cause a refusal of your application should the UK authorities notice inconsistency with the information on the application form and the documents you submitted.

      Pay Required Fees

      You must pay your visa application fee, biometric fee and any other fees required while applying. Ensure you pay via the accepted payment method which could either be via debit or credit card.

      Upload Required Documents

      Scan and upload all the required documents for your application in the appropriate size and format. Note that the omission of vital documents may cause a refusal of your application.

      Schedule and Attend Your Biometric Appointment

      Fix and attend an appointment with a visa application centre closest to you to submit the digital scan of your fingerprints and photographs. Also at the appointment you may be interviewed by the UK authorities to assess your eligibility for the visa and to know whether the answers to the questions you will be asked will align with the information in your documents.

      Get Your Visa

      Once your Health and Care Worker visa is ready the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will email you to let you know where and when to come and collect your visa packet.

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        The Typical Application Processing Time

        The UKVI takes the UK Health and Care Worker visa applications as a top priority. For this reason, the UK Health and Care visa processing time typically takes about 3 weeks. However, your application may be delayed for some reasons, including:

        • Incorrect information is found in your application
        • Further documents are needed by the UKVI to process your application
        • Your documents need to be verified
        • The workload for the UKVI

        Extending / Renewing The Health and Care Worker Visa

        The UK Health and Care Worker visa is valid for 5 years. You can apply to extend this visa before it expires provided you continue to meet all the eligibility requirements that granted you the visa initially. You must still be employed by the same employer that issued you a certificate of sponsorship and you must still be working in the same role with the same occupation code.

        If you do not want to extend this visa, you can alternatively apply for indefinite leave to remain, provided you meet all the requirements. With your indefinite leave to remain status in the UK, you’ll be free from UK immigration restrictions.

        What Health and Care Workers Can And Cannot Do

        Ghanaian applicants seeking to obtain a Health and Care Worker visa have certain rights and restrictions in the UK. When you obtain the visa you will be allowed to:

        • Get an additional job (depending on the situation)
        • Do voluntary work
        • Study
        • Work in an eligible job
        • Leave and re-enter the UK
        • Seek permanent settlement in the UK after living in the country for up to 5 years and meeting other requirements

        You will not be allowed to:

        • Bring your dependents to come and join you in the UK (starting from March 11, 2024)
        • Switch jobs or employers unless your visa is updated
        • Access public funds or State Pension

        Bringing Dependants

        Starting from March 11, 2024, Health and Care Worker visa holders (Senior Care Workers SOC code 6146 and Care Workers SOC code 6145) will no longer be allowed to bring their family members to the UK via the dependent visa route.

        However, immediate family members of sponsored care workers already resident in the UK are still qualified to join the primary visa holder. The reason is that this new rule does not apply in retrospect to healthcare workers already in the country on this visa.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        Licensed UK employers must meet several eligibility requirements to bring workers to the UK and Ghanaian professional healthcare workers must also provide necessary documents and meet requirements to obtain a UK Health and Care Worker visa to work for their employers in the UK health sector. Our OISC-certified immigration lawyers at Total Law can advise you on the steps to take in recruiting Ghanaian professional public health managers to come and work for your company without breaking the UK immigration rules.

        Besides that, we can assist your prospective Ghanaian employees to apply for their Health and Care Worker visa using the appropriate application approach that has resulted in favourable decisions. For insights on Family Carer visa UK, how to obtain it, its costs or how we can help you call us today at Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online contact form for immediate response.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  A Skilled Worker visa is designed for professional jobs outside of health and care. Whereas the Health and Care Worker visa is for health and care professionals.

                  No, health workers are exempted from paying immigration health surcharge.