Visa extension for NHS frontline workers

In a move to keep focus solely on fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has made a major announcement which impacts those working on the NHS frontline.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 31 March 2020)

  • Doctors, nurses and paramedics employed by the NHS with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year
  • The extension is also applicable to family members
  • Pre-registered overseas nurses who typically must sit their first skills test within 3 months and pass within 8 months will now have the deadline extended to the end of the year
  • Extensions to NHS visas are automatic and exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge

For more information on visa extensions for frontline NHS workers, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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