11 Mar 2024

CQC requirement and rule on dependants comes into force for international recruitment

Today the changes to the immigration rules, which mean that visas for careworkers are only accessible to providers in England if they are registered with the Care Quality Commission, have come into force. Rules restricting careworkers ability to bring dependants to the country have also come into force. You can read the press release here:

New laws to cut migration and tackle care worker visa abuse - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There were some previous clarifications published about how these rules will apply, which you can find here:

DHSC issues illustrative scenarios and clarification of new migration rules (homecareassociation.org.uk)

We are anticipating further rule changes to be laid later this week regarding the new salary threshold for careworkers, which should come into force in early April. It is likely these will be based upon the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations:

MAC recommend new care worker salary threshold (homecareassociation.org.uk)

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