Thank you for contacting me about NHS staff and immigration as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.
The Government has taken action to ensure the immigration system does not unduly infringe the ability of the NHS to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. Any eligible professions working for the NHS or independent healthcare provider will have their visa automatically extended by one year if it is due to expire before 1 October 2020. I am pleased that family members with a visa due to expire before 1 October 2020 could also have their visa extended.
The Government has made sure that the extension is free and the immigration health surcharge will not have to be paid as part of this extension. I know Ministers are aware of the pressure frontline health workers are under at the current time and therefore recognise the need to make this process as easy as possible. It is good news that eligible staff do not need to apply for this extension.
The Prime Minister has also announced that NHS and care workers will be exempted from the Immigration Health Surcharge fee as soon as possible, as a testament to their inspirational work throughout this crisis. I will continue to monitor this issue closely as more details emerge.
Thank you again for contacting me.