Visas: Skilled Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending the length of Tier 2 visas for 18 months due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Where employers wish to continue to employ sponsored migrant workers, those workers can qualify for extensions in the normal way.

To show our appreciation to the health sector we have already extended the visas of key NHS frontline workers, and their families, automatically for one year, where their visa was due to expire before 1 October.

The Government is doing all it can to protect jobs and has announced a range of measures to support sponsored workers in Tier 2. Details are published on Gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-immigration-and-borders

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