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Removal of visa cap for doctors is not temporary, home secretary insists

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 12 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4315
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The lifting of the cap on the number of visas available to doctors from outside the European Economic Area is not a temporary measure, the UK home secretary has said, despite previously stating that it would be.

The cap of 20 700 a year on tier 2 skilled worker visas had meant that thousands of applications for visas for doctors who had been offered jobs in the NHS had been refused. In June the Home Office announced that it would remove restrictions on the number of visas available to doctors and nurses.1

However, a …

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