Social Services: Migrant Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Kate Hollern Kate Hollern Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the visa system for social care workers.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Employers who are unable to find suitable resident workers to fill vacancies in the UK for highly skilled social care workers can be recruited under Tier 2, our main immigration work route.

Social care workers working in children’s and family services are recognised as being in national shortage and continue to receive first priority within the monthly Tier 2 allocation process

On Friday 15 June, the Government announced changes to the allocation of places within the Tier 2 (General) cap of 20,700. The change, which will ensure that all doctors and all nurses needed in the UK will be able to be recruited to work here without being counted against the cap, will create extra space within the cap for other sectors of the economy, including social care workers who meet the minimum skills equirement.

We have asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the full composition of the Shortage Occupation List and continue to keep all immigration routes under review.

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