Health and Care Worker Visa


The Health and Care Worker visa is the main pathway for medical professionals to work in the UK, it allows the country to accept thousands of newcomers every year to work in It is designed specifically for qualified doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals who wish to work in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) or the social care sector.

Points Required?

70 points

Who Qualifies?

Doctors, nurses, health or adult social care professionals who want to work in the UK permanently, Applicants can apply with their spouse/partner and dependent children.

How Long Can You Stay?

Up to 5 years. After this period you can apply for permanent residency.

Processing Time?

After you have submitted your online application, proved your identity and provided the relevant documents, 90% of applicants are processed within 3 weeks.


£284 to £551

Eligibility for Health and Care Worker Visa

In order to qualify for this visa you must meet several minimum requirements.

  • Work for an employer that has been approved by the UK Government
  • Have a valid certificate of sponsorship related to the role
  • Job must be on the Shortage Occupations List
  • Salary must meet the minimum threshold for the role
  • Speak, read, write and understand English to a minimum standard

Occupations Eligible for Health and Care Worker

First thing to check is your job matches an occupation on the Health and Care Worker Occupations List, if your occupation is not listed here unfortunately you don’t qualify for the visa this year, but occupations are added and removed annually. But don’t lose hope! There are several other visas you may qualify for.

The next requirement is to make sure your job offer matches the minimum salary for that job code.

Health Services Manager (1181) – £41,300

Care Workers (6145) – £20,960

For the list of healthcare occupations below, you must meet the minimum salary for that UK country.

  • 2212: psychologists
  • 2213: pharmacists
  • 2214: ophthalmic opticians
  • 2217: medical radiographers
  • 2218: podiatrists
  • 2219: health professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2221: physiotherapists
  • 2222: occupational therapists
  • 2223: speech and language therapists
  • 2229: therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2231: nurses
  • 2232: midwives
  • 2442: social workers
  • 3213: paramedics
  • 3218: health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 3219: health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 6141: nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • 6143: dental nurses
Band EnglandScotlandWalesNorthern Ireland
Band 3£21,730£23,914£21,730
Band 4£23,949£25,914£23,949£22,549
Band 5£27,055£28,384£27,055£25,645
Band 6£33,706£35,522£33,706£32,306
Band 7£48,526£43,422£41,659£40,057
Band 8a£45,753£53,513£48,526£47,126
Band 8b£56,164£63,530£56,164£54,764
Band 8c£79,592£75,711£67,064£65,664
Band 8d£75,914£90,590£79,592£78,192
Band 9£95,135£107,840£95,135£93,735

Lastly, Your offer of employment must be from an approved UK employer or sponsor.

The UK Government holds a register of approved companies, check if your employer is on here and which visa they qualify for. We suggest using CTRL + F to search as it’s currently more than 2000 pages long!


You must prove that you can speak, read, write and understand English. To do this, you must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

Firstly, if you are a citizen of any of the below nations you are exempt from SELT.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Students are also exempt if you achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher in an English taught course.

Certification Provider

The International English Language Test (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to the UK.

Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.

You will be required to achieve at least 7.0 overall for this visa and in each category, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

Health and Care Worker Visa Cost

You must have sufficient funds when applying for the Health and Care Worker, the total minimum costs will vary depending on your circumstances.

Application Fee

When applying within the UK such as to extend your current Health and Care Worker Visa or to switch from a Student Visa. You will pay £284 for up to 3 years or £551 for more than 3 years.

When applying from outside the UK the fee is the same.


The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) entitles you to use the NHS if you become unwell or have an accident while in the UK.

Skilled and Care Workers are exempt from this charge. This includes your partner and children.

Sufficient Funds

You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK, a bank statement will suffice.

The financial requirement is that you show you have enough money for your living costs for yourself and dependent’s while you move to the UK.

You do not need to show funds it you have been living in the UK for 12 months or more with permission on the date of application.

Documentation Required for Health and Care Worker Visa

  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Proof of your knowledge of English
  • A valid passport for the entirety of the visa
  • Occupation and Salary
  • Bank statement proving sufficient funds
  • Name of employer and license number

Criminal Record Certificate

If you are applying for certain jobs mostly in the public sector such as healthcare, welfare and education sectors. You will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which, since the age of 18, you have been present for 12 months or more in the 10 years before the date of your application.

Biological Scientists and Biochemists are exempt. (2112)

Physical Scientists are exempt. (2113)


For most applicants you must prove your identity by booking an appointment at a Visa Application Centre in your current country. The appointment will include collecting your fingerprints, facial photograph and signature. The UK government website has a list of addresses for each eligible country.

Can I bring my family?

This visa will allow family members to join the main applicant in the UK, they are known as “dependants”. You don’t have to be a permanent resident or have an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK to bring your family members. The cost for each dependant is £1846 as of January 2024.

Dependants over 18 can work full time in any profession throughout with no restrictions. The length of time allowed to stay is the same as the main applicants work visa.

Can this lead to British citizenship?

Yes, the first step to becoming a British citizen is being granted a visa that contributes towards the 5 year requirement for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

There are 3 main stages to being granted British citizenship.

  • Live and Work in the UK for 5 years on a work visa
  • Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
  • Apply for Naturalisation/British citizenship

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