Social workers do not qualify for health visa in new post-Brexit immigration plans | Political News

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Social workers are not eligible for the government’s new health and health care visa under the British post-Brexit immigration system, Downing Street confirmed.

Interior Minister Priti Patel has released details of how the new UK points-based system will work when it comes into effect on January 1 of next year, after the rules end of the EU in the area of ​​free movement.

A health and care visa will allow key health professionals to work in the UK.

However, this will not include social workers, said number 10.

“We want employers to invest more in training and developing social workers in this country,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson.

“Regarding social workers in particular, our independent migration advisers have stated that immigration is not the only answer here, which is why we have provided boards with additional £ 1.5 billion in funding for social care in 2021-2022, as well as the launch of a new recruitment campaign. ”

Existing European workers in the care sector could apply to stay in the UK via the settlement system “and a very large number have done so,” added the spokesperson.

“These people will stay in the UK to provide very important care for the elderly and the vulnerable.”

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