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Home secretary announces review of visa cap

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 04 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2479
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has pledged to review the UK’s current restrictions on the number of foreign doctors coming to work under a tier 2 visa, marking the first victory for The BMJ’s Scrap the Cap campaign (

The intervention came as The BMJ continued to lobby the government to change current immigration policy so that doctors from countries outside the European Economic Area who have been offered jobs in the NHS can take up their posts.

More than 1500 visa applications from doctors with job offers in the UK were refused between December 2017 and March 2018 as a result of the Home Office’s cap on the number of tier 2 visas it issues to workers from outside the EEA.1

On the evening …

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