Immigrants: Health Services

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

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of removing the Immigration Health Surcharge for NHS workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the financial effect of increases in the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge on NHS employees making use of the 12 month covid-19 visa extension.

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

We welcome the vital contribution NHS staff from across the globe make to our healthcare system.

The Home Secretary announced on 31 March 2020 the Home Office will automatically extend the visa of any NHS doctor, nurse or paramedic, where it will expire before 1 October 2020, for 12 months, free of charge. This extension will also apply to their families and includes an exemption from payment of the immigration health surcharge.

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