Reduce the minimum time required for ILR to 3 years for non-UK NHS workers

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.

This petition closed on 30 Jan 2021 with 11,567 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Reduce the minimum time required for ILR to 3 years for non-UK NHS workers

1. Indefinite leave to remain: calculating continuous period in UK
01/10/2019 - UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
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2. EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance
09/07/2019 - Home Office
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Found: ........... ............................ 11 Non - EEA citizen family m embers ..............

3. Points-based system: Tier 2
18/06/2020 - UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
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Found: Office staff on 4 June 2020 Version 3 5 .0 Page 2 of 123 Published for Home

4. Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1154, 15 June 2018
15/06/2018 - UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
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Found: IMMIGRATION RULES PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT ON 1 5 JUNE 2018 (HC 1154 ) 1. Introduction

5. Family members of points-based system migrants
09/09/2019 - UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
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Found: applications from people who wish to enter or remain in the UK as the dependant family member of a points

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Recent Speeches related to Reduce the minimum time required for ILR to 3 years for non-UK NHS workers

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
2: Swiss nationals have affected the extent to which UK employers have adequate access to labour.’This - Speech Link
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

1: independent evaluation of the matters under subsection (5) and shall lay the report of the evaluation before - Speech Link
2: upon the health and social care sectors across the UK to be produced and laid before Parliament. It would - Speech Link
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

1: importance of social distancing—as if you did not know already. The main body of the Committee Room has capacity - Speech Link
2: not where their passport comes from.The Government recognise the tremendous contribution people - Speech Link

8. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Second sitting)
12/02/2019 - Public Bill Committees

1: Universities UK, the Trades Union Congress and the Royal College of Nursing. We have until 3 o’clock to - Speech Link
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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Recent Questions related to Reduce the minimum time required for ILR to 3 years for non-UK NHS workers
1. Immigration: EEA Nationals
asked by: Kate Green
12/02/2019
... whether people with European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to apply from within the UK for different categories of visa when their 3-year leave expires; which visa categories people will be eligible to apply for after their European Temporary Leave to Remain expires; and whether time spent in the UK with European Temporary Leave to Remain will count towards the residency requirement for people who go on to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

2. Graduates: Visas
asked by: Paul Blomfield
24/02/2021
... for what reason continuous residence in the UK under a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneurship) visa does not count towards the five years continuous residency condition for indefinite leave to remain.

3. NHS: Migrant Workers
asked by: Holly Lynch
03/02/2021
... how many NHS health and social care workers of non-British nationality were working in the UK as of 20 January 2021; and what proportion of those people had indefinite leave to remain as of that date.

4. NHS: Migrant Workers
asked by: Liz Saville Roberts
18/11/2020
... what representations she has received on Farrukh Sair and his application for indefinite leave to remain; and what estimate she has made of the number of NHS workers who have been refused indefinite leave to remain in the last five years.

5. British Nationality
asked by: Lord Alton of Liverpool
10/11/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British Nationals (Overseas) can include any years they have spent residing in the UK under a Tier 4 or Tier 5 visa towards the residency criteria in an application for indefinite leave to remain under the new pathway to citizenship.

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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.


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Government Response

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.

Home Office