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UK Government Visa Changes: Has the NHS stopped recruiting nurses? Can I still bring my family?

Many of our students and social media followers have written to us to express concern and confusion over the recent UK Government announcements around reducing net migration. Here at SLC we want to make sure that you have all the correct and official information on this topic.


Has the NHS stopped recruiting nurses?

No! The NHS hasn’t stopped recruiting nurses. If you’re being recruited for an NHS role, there won’t be any changes to your current offer. If you are looking for a role in the NHS there are still amazing opportunities available.

If you’re concerned or have specific questions about your situation, it might be helpful to reach out to the NHS employer or framework recruitment company you are working with to put your mind at rest.

The NHS still has a massive shortage of nurses and international recruitment will remain a big part of the long-term plan. Please be careful and do not be misled by scams and organisations giving false statements on this topic.


Can I still bring my family?

Yes! There are no modifications to the policy regarding dependents for NHS staff. Eligible dependents, including your spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, children under 18 (including those born in the UK during your stay), and children over 18 currently in the UK as your dependents, can still accompany you. You can read more about the changes in this official UK government blog.


In the blog you will find the clear statement:

“Will the NHS be impacted by these changes? 

These changes will not affect doctors or nurses. The NHS will continue to have the access it currently enjoys.”

SLC work with a number of NHS Trusts and respected UK recruitment organisations so if you would like further advice please contact us and we will put you directly in touch with one of our partners.