Government announces extension to salary exemption for overseas nurses

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The government has announced changes to the immigration rules which includes an extension to the salary exemption for nurses, paramedics and medical radiographers recruited from overseas which was due to expire in July 2019.

The exemption means that nurses, paramedics and medical radiographers will need to meet a lower minimum income rate of £20,800 compared to the required £30,000 minimum salary threshold for other professions. The extension is temporary and will be reviewed before the implementation of the future immigration system due in January 2021. 

This is positive news for employers and will allow the NHS in the short term to continue to attract and recruit skilled healthcare professionals from overseas to help meet the growing demand in the UK.

For further information, visit our dedicated immigration web pages.

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