Recently, the government has announced changes to the visa rules in order to reduce immigration. The government has come under pressure due to the unprecedented levels of immigration since the Covid pandemic, which has seen net migration increase to over 700,000 per year. This has resulted in the government taking action to cut net migration to a lower level.


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One of these changes includes stopping overseas care workers from bringing family members to the UK, effectively banning care worker dependants. Last year, 120,000 dependants came via this route, a sizeable number of the total number of immigrants. The government has decided to take action to ensure providers in England will only be able to sponsor migrant workers if they are undertaking activities regulated by the Care Quality Commission.


This change will come in force on 11 March 2024. It will affect care workers (SOC 6145) and senior care workers (SOC 6146). We recommend submitting applications to bring your dependants to the UK by 10 March 2024 at the latest.


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