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An Easy to Follow Guide of Senior Carer Visa

What is a Senior Carer Visa?

Brexit and COVID 10 presented an unprecedented shortage of human resources to the UK's health and social care system. In response, government introduced a Health and Care Worker Visa which is an umbrella of related professions to attract skilled workers from abroad. Senior carer is one among this list with occupation code as:

  • 6146: senior care workers

How Much Can I Earn Working as a Senior Carer?

£25,600, known as the general minimum threshold; for an employer to sponsor a skilled worker. Here’s where the Shortage Occupation List comes in. When a job is on that list, the general minimum threshold drops to £20,480.

This is for a new entrant and the most common definition of a ‘new entrant’, means the person is aged under 26 at the time they apply for their Skilled Worker visa, or they are a recent graduate.

What are the Benefits?

You will get the UK work Visa for up to 5 years and once you complete this five-year period, then you can apply for settlement or indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. (meeting required criteria)

Another attraction is the language requirement as you can apply for a Visa With/Without IELTS or OET. This provides an excellent opportunity for nurses who could not meet language requirement as they could certainly improve their language skills while working in the UK.

As it comes under Health and Care Worker Visa, you are exempt from paying Immigration Health Surcharge for you and your family and basically savings thousands of pounds, especially if you are moving as a family. As shortage occupation, you will pay reduced visa fees and your dependent can work or study full time.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

A qualified nurse, health professional or adult social care professional with experience in eligible health or social care job.

If you meet this criteria, the next step is to have a confirmed job offer. We have several employers looking for senior care workers and regularly conducting Skype/Zoom interviews. If you receive an offer, the employer will provide a COS (Certificate of sponsorship) with detailed information regarding your Job, location and your despicability during your employment.

Candidate must prove their language proficiency by either one:

  1. Passing a UKVI IELTS test with a minimum 5 band average from an approved provider

  2. Having a degree-level qualification that was taught in English- if the candidate studied abroad. Candidate needs to apply for confirmation through UK NARIC that their qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PHD.

  3. Candidate must be able to Read, Write, Speak and understand English at least B1 level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) scale.

Documents Required for Senior Carer Visa

  1. A valid passport or another document that shows identity or nationality.

  2. Proof of knowledge of English, as stated earlier

  3. Certificate of Sponsorship- job title, annual salary and occupation code

  4. A Police clearance certificate.

  5. Tuberculosis test results if you are from the listed country.

  6. Academic Qualifications: both certificates and transcripts.

  7. Two references -previous job or study.

  8. If the sponsor is not a Premium A rated sponsor, then evidence that you have £1270 in your bank account for at least 28 days in a row. This is to support yourself in the UK and need to allow further amount if your dependents are joining you.

If you are interested to know more about senior carer visa or opportunities to work in Health and Social care sector in the UK, please contact us using the chat button.

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