Doctors: Migrant Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Labour, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of including intensive care medical practitioners in the Immigration Rules Appendix K: Shortage Occupation List.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) advises the Government on changes to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The MAC has determined that a number of doctors, including various posts in emergency medicine and consultants specialising in clinical radiology, are in national shortage and they appear on the published SOL in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules.

The SOL sits under Tier 2, our main immigration route for non-EEA workers. Applications for jobs on the SOL receive the highest priority – and the highest number of points – when allocating a Tier 2 (General) place.

The SOL is kept under regular review, with the most recent changes made to it last April.

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