UK Government Bans International Health Workers from Bringing Dependents on Work Visas


The United Kingdom’s government has announced a significant change to its immigration policy, affecting international health workers and carers. In a statement released on Monday, the UK Home Office declared a ban on these workers bringing their dependents to the country on work visas. This move is part of the government’s strategy to reduce migration numbers.

According to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Cleverly, the new rule specifically targets care workers entering the UK on Health and Care Worker visas. They will no longer be able to bring their dependents with them. Cleverly explained that this measure is a crucial component of the government’s plan to achieve the largest ever reduction in migration.

The announcement comes amid economic challenges facing the UK, with the government highlighting the need to address the issue. The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has been actively working to tackle the economic downturn and sees this policy change as part of those efforts.

This decision follows an earlier move to ban international students from bringing their families, demonstrating the government’s commitment to reducing migration. The Home Office infographic revealed that approximately 120,000 people who arrived last year would no longer be eligible under the new rules.

In related news, the UK has experienced a drop in job vacancies, as reported by Bloomberg. This development further underscores the government’s focus on addressing migration issues and stabilizing the economy.

Meanwhile, the federal government in Nigeria has also taken steps to curb migration of health professionals. The Minister of State for Health, Tunji Alausa, announced a ban on leave of absence for health workers relocating abroad. According to the minister, health workers seeking greener pastures overseas must now resign before embarking on such journeys, as per an Executive Order issued by President Bola Tinubu.

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