Sajid Javid to lift immigration cap so more foreign medics can work in UK

Sajid Javid to lift immigration cap so more foreign medics can work in UK

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Immigration rules capping the number of foreign medics working in the UK are reportedly going to be eased to allow the NHS to recruit more staff.

Sajid Javid will lift the 20,700 annual "tier 2" visa limit for non-EU workers, according to the Telegraph and the Sun. 

Such a move would mean that the new Home Secretary has succeeded in convincing Prime Minister Theresa May, who has committed to reducing net migration into Britain to below 100,000 after Brexit.

Earlier this month, family doctors urged Mr Javid to lift the cap warning of a "desperate need" to ease pressures amid escalating patient demand.

In a letter to Mr Javid, the head of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said there were concerning cases where foreign GPs had been affected by the "hostile environment" policies first introduced by Theresa May while she was at the Home Office.

The British Medical Journal has said that between December 2017 and March 2018 more than 1,500 visa applications from doctors with job offers in the UK were refused as a result of the cap on workers from outside the European Economic Area.

At the start of June, Mr Javid had signalled there could be a softer approach to immigration policy under his leadership at the Home Office, including looking again at the cap on "tier 2 visas".

The move would also create space for thousands more immigrants in areas like science and IT.

The Home Office declined to comment.