The Government should reduce the minimum time requirement for Indefinite Leave to remain for non-british NHS workers, as is already the case for some other Categories where the continuous period is less than 5 years.
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1. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Tenth sitting)
05/03/2019 - Public Bill Committees
1: must be laid before both Houses of Parliament within 3 months of it having been commenced.’—(Alison McGovern - Speech Link
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3: service, and that supports the case for the new clause. The Government have a large degree of control - Speech Link
2. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Eighth sitting)
28/02/2019 - Public Bill Committees
1: is warm because it is marvellously close for this time of year, so gentlemen may certainly remove their - Speech Link
2: has a case. That is not to suggest that junior lawyers and fee earners in some lower categories do not - Speech Link
3. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
30/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: express my warm appreciation for their support. I leave it to others to speak to other amendments in this - Speech Link
4. Brexit: Acquired Rights (EUC Report)
04/07/2017 - Lords Chamber
1: Union citizens who live in the UK, and what happens to the rights of UK citizens living in other parts - Speech Link
5. Immigration: Hostile Environment
14/06/2018 - Lords Chamber
1: they had no right to be here. Some were told to leave immediately. The Refugee and Migrant Centre in Wolverhampton - Speech Link
6. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
30/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
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3: entitled to care leaving support: Entitlement to remain—‘(1) Any child who has their right of free - Speech Link
7. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Third sitting)
11/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
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8. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Second sitting)
12/02/2019 - Public Bill Committees
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2: only European Union citizens in this country, but UK citizens abroad. To focus on the first part of your - Speech Link
9. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Sixth sitting)
26/02/2019 - Public Bill Committees
1: provisionAmendment moved (this day): 8, in clause 4, page 3, line 10, at end insert—“(5A) Regulations under - Speech Link
2: assistants working in the UK. That figure is based on information from the national minimum dataset collected - Speech Link
3: we could assume that perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 are non-UK nationals, including European economic area nationals - Speech Link
10. Domestic Abuse Bill (Eleventh sitting)
17/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
1: failing them.The new clause reflects 10 years’ worth of casework by Stay Safe East, one of only - Speech Link
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Currently, the minimum time required for non-UK NHS workers to apply for ILR is 5 years. There are some categories where the minimum time period is 3 years. It would be a good gesture from the UK towards overseas NHS workers.
The Government recognises the vital contribution of overseas NHS workers but to qualify for ILR a person must meet various requirements including a substantial period in their sponsored occupation.
The Government recognises the significant contribution which health and care workers from overseas have made in tackling the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
However, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is based on several requirements, including a period of lawful residence in the UK without excess absences, sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK, and any specific requirements of the visa route a person is on. The standard requirement of 5 years to achieve settlement is based on applicants building up ties and an ongoing commitment to the UK.
In sponsored work routes, settlement relies on applicants having worked in their sponsored job for 5 years. Other requirements, such as being able to demonstrate an adequate level of English, are important in ensuring people can properly integrate into the community. We consider being able to integrate is an important element of settlement. Whilst there are limited circumstances where people may apply for accelerated settlement, these are unsponsored routes such as Global Talent. Most routes leading to settlement require an individual to have been in the UK on an eligible route for at least 5 years, as we believe this represents an appropriate period of time for people to build ties to the UK.
The Home Office introduced several unprecedented measures over recent months to ensure these individuals are supported, including the Health and Care visa which launched on 4 August. This delivers and builds upon the Government’s commitment to introduce a route which makes it quicker, easier and significantly cheaper for eligible people working in health and social care to come to the UK with their families. It will also benefit eligible workers in the UK, if they are extending their visa.
We have also extended the visas of more than 6,000 health professionals, and their eligible dependants, working for the NHS and independent health and care providers. This 12-month extension applied to eligible health workers whose visas expired between 31 March and 1 October 2020, to enable them to focus on fighting the pandemic. This extension was free of charge and included an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). As announced on 20 November, we renewed our visa extension offer for eligible health professionals and their family dependants, in view of the increased volumes of those testing positive for the virus within the UK population and the re-introduction of restrictions. This offer is open to anyone subject to UK immigration control, working in the relevant professions whose visa expires between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Given the provisions which we have already put in place, and the importance of people being able to integrate, we do not intend to change the period of time for people to achieve ILR.