Home Office extends bereavement scheme to NHS support staff and social care workers

If you are a family member and or dependent of an NHS support staff and social worker who died because of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office have extended a bereavement scheme to assist.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 20 May 2020)

  • “The offer of indefinite leave to remain will be effective immediately and retrospectively.”
  • “The bereavement scheme was initially launched in April for health workers in the NHS and independent health and care sector, and today the scheme will now extend to NHS support staff and social care workers in recognition of their tireless dedication and selflessness.”
  • “This is a complex issue that the government has been working hard to address. Many employers in the social care sector are not visa sponsors, and the majority of migrant workers in the sector do not need to inform the Home Office of where they work as their visas give them a generic right to work. The Home Office’s dedicated NHS team will work directly with trusts and employers to identify family members to whom this extension may apply and arrange for the issue of indefinite leave to remain.”
  • Detailed records of coronavirus deaths are being compiled and it will be reflected on the death certificate. If anyone feels that they are in this position they can contact the UKVI NHS team directly at: UKVINHSTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk

Please be advised that the above information is not an exhaustive list as there are more requirements and points to consider when making an application.

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