According to the Immigration Advice Service (IAA), concerns are growing over how Brexit immigration proposals will hit Britain’s care workforce. It has been predicted that the care sector could be short by 380,000 workers by 2026 if the proposed immigration restrictions go ahead as planned.
The latest immigration white paper reveals that EU citizens will need to meet the same visa requirement as those from outside the EEA. This will mean that EU care professionals will need to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa (ranging in cost from £610 to £1,408) also known as a Tier 2 Visa in order to take on work in the UK.
The Government has said it will introduce a short term scheme enabling low skilled workers from certain countries to work in the UK for up to a year, however they would not be able to extend their stay, or change to other visa categories in the UK.