Following letters that DAUK wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, and coverage by The Guardian the decision to refuse a visa has today been overturned.
Dr Chan had been working as Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology since 2017 and had recently been offered an NHS locum consultant post in Ophthalmology. Owing to ambiguous application guidance on the Home Office webpage Dr Chan mistakenly filed a ‘new application’ for a Tier 2 visa on the instead of a ‘change of employment’ application. Dr Chan did so whilst in the UK and on an active visa which was valid until the 14th of November.
The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) welcomes the news of the Home Office relaxing its immigration restrictions on doctors applying for tier 2 visas. We believe this is long overdue and look forward keenly to the specifics of how these changes are to be implemented. However, we are concerned that it has taken this length of time to announce a change in policy, given that caps have been hit for many months now and the NHS is facing widespread vacancies, numbering some 10,000 for doctors.