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Care Workers added to Shortage Occupation List for Skilled Workers


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To help alleviate current pressures on the health and social care system as a result of Covid-19, the Home Office published a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules alongside its explanatory memorandum today. The changes mentioned would take effect from 15th February 2022.

The Home Office will add 6145 care workers and home carers to the Shortage Occupation List so lower salary requirements and application fees will apply.

Please kindly find the link to the job description for the above-mentioned occupation code for your information:

The lower salary requirements for this SOC code will be £20,480 per year.

An applicant will also be required to provide a criminal record certificate from countries s/he has been present in for 12 months or more in the previous 10 years, and while aged 18 or over.

It is worth noting that while home carers are included in the same occupation code as the care workers, they are not eligible to be sponsored as Skilled Workers, unless they are working for an organisation which is able to meet the sponsorship requirements. Moreover, private households or individuals (other than sole traders sponsoring someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor skilled workers.

Last but not least, if an application for entry clearance, permission to enter or permission to stay was made before 15th February 2022, such applications will be decided in accordance with the Immigration Rules in force before 15th February 2022.

If you wish to talk to us about your UK immigration query, please contact our friendly team of London immigration lawyers at Barar and Associates at or call us on 020 7487 8370. You can access more information about us via


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