Employing carers from overseas: what you need to know

Brexit has made it harder to recruit carers from outside the UK. Skylar McKeith, head of immigration at Mackrell.Solicitors, guides us through the new process

The UK care industry has experienced a period of upheaval like no other before. From rising costs to the challenges created by Covid-19 – the care industry has had an immensely difficult time.  

A persistent issue within care is recruitment. Many companies once relied on skilled care workers from the EU who enjoyed freedom of movement, as well as many other recruits from around the world who enjoyed lower visa and immigration criteria. However, the introduction of a new points-based system post-Brexit, with stricter requirements, including a higher minimum salary rule, has made it more challenging to recruit from overseas. 

Despite being responsible for many of the new rules and tougher criteria for visas, the Home Secretary Priti Patel and her department have recognised the challenges that the industry faces and are now implementing critical changes to make it easier for the care sector to recruit globally. 

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