I am a Doctor/Nurse/Paramedic and my visa is due to expire. What should I do?

If you work in healthcare and your visa expires between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 you may be eligible for a free extension to your visa. If your visa is due to expire after 30 September 2021, or you are changing employer, you cannot extend your visa for free.

The Home Office have indicated that the extension will apply to all Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics working for the NHS.

UKVI have stated that this extension will be automatic meaning that you do not need to apply for it. However, they advise that anyone who is eligible for the extension to get in touch with their HR department, as the Home Office is asking individual NHS trusts to notify them of those eligible.

The Home Office have also removed any limit on the number of hours you can work or volunteer each week (in accordance with your visa) if you work for the NHS in one of these roles.