Alliance Law Chambers


Immigration Consultant


The Health and Care Worker visa

The Health and Care Worker visa provides a pathway for medical professionals to enter or remain in the UK for eligible roles within the NHS, an NHS supplier, or adult social care.


To be eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa, the following conditions must be met:
You must have a confirmed job offer before you apply for your visa.

Applications that require an English language test

There are two distinct assessments, each tailored to the varying language proficiency requirements of different immigration pathways. The specific test you are required to undertake is contingent upon the nature of your application.
The following immigration routes necessitate the completion of a comprehensive test evaluating proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening:

Skilled Worker visa

The Skilled Worker visa enables individuals to enter or remain in the UK for the purpose of undertaking an eligible role with an authorized employer.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have a confirmed job offer before you apply for your visa. You need to have proficiency in the English language, including speaking, reading, writing, and understanding.

How long you can stay

Your visa can remain valid for up to 5 years before you need to renew it. You will need to apply to renew or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employers.
If you wish to stay in the UK for a longer period, You can apply to renew your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.
After 5 years, you may be eligible to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). This will give you the right to live, work, and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

How to apply

You must apply online.
If you are outside the UK and planning to come to the UK, or if you are inside the UK and want to extend your current visa or switch from a different visa, how you apply depends on your situation. If you wish to change your job or employer, you must apply to update your visa. Additionally, if eligible, your partner and children can apply to join you or stay in the UK as your dependents.

How long it takes

You are eligible to apply for a visa up to 3 months before your scheduled start date for work in the UK, as indicated on your certificate of sponsorship. As part of the application process, it is necessary to provide documented proof of your identity. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to allocate additional time for appointment scheduling. Further guidance on this requirement will be provided at the onset of your application process.
Getting a decision
Once you have applied online, verified your identity, and submitted your documents, you will typically receive a decision on your visa within the following timeframes:
You may have the option to expedite the decision process by paying an additional fee. The process for doing this varies depending on whether you are outside or inside the UK.

How much does it cost? Each applicant, including your partner or children, will need to pay the application fee, the healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay, and prove that you have enough personal savings.

Graduate Visa

A graduate visa, often referred to as a post-study work visa or a graduate work visa, is a type of visa that allows recent graduates to remain in a country after completing their studies to gain work experience. These visas are typically offered by countries with competitive education systems to attract and retain talented international students.


To be eligible for a graduate visa, you usually need to have completed a degree or higher qualification from a recognized institution in the country where you studied. Some countries may have specific eligibility criteria regarding the type and duration of the course you completed.


The duration of a graduate visa varies depending on the country. It can range from several months to several years. Typically, the duration is linked to the level of qualification obtained. For example, a master's degree graduate might be eligible for a longer visa duration compared to a bachelor's degree graduate.

Work Rights

Graduate visas generally come with full or restricted work rights, allowing graduates to work either full-time or part-time. Some countries may require graduates to find employment relevant to their field of study to maintain their visa status.

Pathway to Permanent Residency

In many cases, graduate visas serve as pathways to permanent residency. Countries may offer graduates the opportunity to transition from a graduate visa to a skilled worker visa or other permanent residency pathways if they meet certain criteria, such as securing employment or meeting language proficiency requirements.

Application process

The application process for a graduate visa typically involves providing proof of graduation, financial stability, health insurance, and other relevant documentation. There may also be additional requirements such as health checks or language proficiency tests.


Graduate visas offer several benefits to international students, including the opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study, explore career opportunities, and potentially settle in the country long-term

It’s important to note that the specific details and requirements of graduate visas vary from country to country, so it's essential to research the specific visa options available in the country where you studied or wish to work. Additionally, visa policies and regulations may change over time, so it's advisable to consult official government sources or seek advice from immigration experts for the most up-to-date information.