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Sponsoring Care Workers

Truth Legal Immigration team are experts in sponsoring care workers from overseas.

The Immigration Team at Truth Legal are experts in advising care providers looking to sponsor workers from overseas

In the last six months alone:

  • We became official suppliers to the National Care Association. We’re proud to be one of the UK’s leading legal advisors in the care sector.
  • We offered free short consultations to several care providers hoping to sponsor workers from overseas.  We commonly advise on job roles eligible for sponsorship, the minimum salary requirement, the Shortage Occupation List, the visa application, all-things-compliance, and much more.
  • We helped two providers of domiciliary care and supported living accommodation to retain existing employees working for them under the terms of existing visas. With our support, both care providers successfully obtained the sponsor licences they needed to keep their employees on the payroll.
  • We advised a London-based provider of at-home care in connection with their plans for the large-scale recruitment of 80+ Senior Care Workers from overseas.
  • We have worked – and continue to work – alongside national members’ associations active in the care sector, talking to them about how the government’s immigration policies affect the provision of care services in the UK.

We’ve also written extensively on the subject of sponsorship, immigration and the care sector.  Take a look at our blogs: How to Sponsor a Senior Care Worker and The Care Worker’s Guide to Covid-19 Immigration Policy.

Do you have knowledge, expertise or experience in care?

Perhaps you’re an employer or organisation active in the care sector.  Maybe you’re an individual providing care, professionally or personally.  Or perhaps you receive care, or know someone who does.

Whatever your interest in the care sector, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) wants to hear from you.  Your views, opinions and evidence will form a crucial part of the MAC’s report to the government on immigration in the care sector.

For more information, and links to participate, click here.  The deadline for responses is 29 October 2021.

Why do we care?

Or more accurately, why do we care about care?

Like much of the population, we were angry about the Government’s treatment of care workers in the context of immigration.  The pandemic brought into sharp focus how indebted we are to care workers in the UK, many of whom are not British.

We were always glad to see Senior Care Workers eligible for sponsorship and recognised on the Shortage Occupation List.  We welcomed the introduction of the Health and Care Worker visa, which made sponsorship of Senior Care Workers cheaper and easier for all concerned.

But for a long time, ‘non-senior’ Care Workers were ineligible for sponsorship and excluded from all of the above.  Finally, on 15 February 2022, the Government could hold out no longer and made Care Workers eligible for sponsorship on the same terms as their senior colleagues.  This followed a stark warning from the Migration Advisory Committee about staffing pressures in the UK care sector.

At Truth Legal, we believe this change was long overdue.  It came too late for a sector already paralysed by staff shortages.

And it will be little consolation for Care Workers, who battled the daily pressures of the pandemic, all while being described by the Government as ‘unskilled’.

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Sponsorship in the care sector: the key issues

There’s lots more info in our legal guide and blogs, but here’s some headlines relating to the key issues.

Minimum salary requirement

Headline: Care Workers and Senior Care Workers are on the Shortage Occupation List, which means the minimum salary requirement is lower.

Normally, you must pay a worker sponsored in one of these roles at least £20,480 gross per annum.  I say “normally” because it’s very dependent on the number of hours worked, and this is something we’d discuss with you in detail.

Advertising

Headline: the formal advertising requirement, known as the resident labour market test, has been abolished, which is a relief to us all.  You still need to show a genuine vacancy, and often the best way to do this is through a job advert.  Not so if your worker is already working for you.

We’ll advise exactly what you need to do to show a genuine vacancy, and we’ll review the wording of your job advert to make sure it meets the requirements.

How do we apply for a licence?

Start by identifying who in your organisation will be responsible for your licence.  You also need to make sure you can comply with sponsor licence duties in case you are inspected by the Home Office.  You should also understand the timescales involved with sponsorship.

All of the above, as well as the actual process for applying for a sponsor licence, is covered in our detailed Sponsor Licence Legal Guide.

How can we help?

We’ve written a Sponsor Licence Legal Guide, which is completely free to access.  It’s not unique to the care sector, but it will give you a good overview of the process and the requirements.  For information specific to the care sector, please see our blogs linked above.

You can also get in touch.  We’re always keen to hear from care providers, and we offer a free, 20-minute, no-obligation consultation, during which we can give you some general information and you can decide whether you’d like our help with your sponsorship plans.

If you become our client, we offer transparent pricing and a flexible stage-by-stage approach.  You’ll only pay for the stage(s) you need, and you’ll know from the outset how much we’ll charge.

Our experience has shown us that the companies providing care are as diverse as the needs of the people they serve.  Whether you provide domiciliary care, supported living, residential care, a combination of the above or something in between, we can guide you through the process of sponsoring workers, from start to finish.

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