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Tier 2 visa cap

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At a time when the NHS is struggling to fill vacancies, we are deeply concerned that visa restrictions and outdated caps for non-EU workers are preventing overseas doctors from caring for patients.

Along with NHS Employers and a number of medical royal colleges, we called for the for the Tier 2 visa cap to be urgently reviewed.


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15 June 2018

"Removing doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 cap would represent a huge victory for common sense and for the BMA, which has long-campaigned for the restriction to be reviewed."

Dr Chaand Nagpaul

Following a hard fought campaign by the BMA and a number of health organisations, the Home Office has finally agreed to exclude doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 visa cap.

This arbitrary cap prevented thousands of non-EEA doctors from taking up jobs in the U.K, placing additional pressure on existing NHS staff, increasing temporary staffing costs for the NHS as they seek to provide clinical cover, and on patient care. There is also the very real impact visa refusals have had on the doctors, our members, who have been affected.

The removal of non-EEA doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 visa cap will free up to 8,000 visas for other parts of the economy. This is a victory for common sense, for the health service, and for all the other sectors who also rely on Tier 2 visas to bring highly skilled staff into the UK.

How was this achieved? Watch our video


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