Free 12-month visa extensions renewed

Hospital staff

The Home Secretary has today announced further free visa extensions for health and care staff.

The extension applies to around 6,000 staff and their dependants whose visas expire between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.

A letter and simple form is today being sent to trusts from the Home Office and we are also cascading this through our networks. If you haven't received a copy, please email 

Details of how this will work in practice is being developed with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and employers should encourage staff to sign up to the DHSC enquiry form ahead of the scheme going live in early December. Biometric Residence Permits will not physically be required to be sent to the Home Office as part of this process.

Eligible health and care professions are as follows: biological scientists and biochemists; physical scientists; medical practitioners; psychologists; pharmacists; ophthalmic opticians; dental practitioners; medical radiographers; podiatrists; health professionals not elsewhere classified; physiotherapists; occupational therapists; speech and language therapists; therapy professionals not elsewhere classified; nurses; midwives; social workers; and paramedics.
Earlier this year the Home Office put in place free visa extensions which approximately 6,095 frontline health workers and their eligible family members were granted. 

You can read our response to the announcement in our media centre.

Further information on the announcement is available on the GOV.UK website.


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