Newland Chase | UK adds social workers to shortage professions list

January 25, 2022

On January 24, 2022, the UK Home Office published an update to UK immigration rules to add social workers to the list of shortage occupations and make the role road eligible skilled workers. These changes are intended to help alleviate current pressures on the health and social care system due to COVID-19.

The change brings the occupation code for social workers and home caregivers into the accepted codes for skilled worker sponsorship. However, although home carers are included in the same occupation code, these changes are not intended to allow home carers to be sponsored as skilled workers unless they work for an organization that is able meet sponsorship requirements. Therefore, private households or individuals (other than sole traders who sponsor someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor skilled worker applicants.

This means that sponsors who wish to hire under this type of employment will be able to:

  1. rely on lower salary threshold requirements;
  2. pay lower application fees; and
  3. not having to meet the requirement that the role must be at least Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Level 3 (broadly equivalent to Level A in the UK).

In line with other care-related professions eligible for sponsorship, applicants applying from outside the UK will still need to provide criminal record certificates when applying for a visa.

These changes will be implemented on February 15, 2022.

Organizations and individuals affected by this development are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for advice on a case-by-case basis.

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This immigration update is for informational purposes only and does not replace legal or scenario-specific advice. Also, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to contact Newland Case for any case or company specific assessments.

Michael A. Bynum