After pressure from the Home Secretary and a few MPs, Theresa May is considering removal of tier 2 visa cap for non – European Union doctors. According to sources, the discussions are at a fairly developed stage and also revealed that Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary and Sajid Javid, Home Secretary persuaded the prime minister to take the step. The news comes only days after National Health Service reported the shortage of doctors and nurses because of the yearly cap on non-European Union skilled workers. It came as a surprise because May didn’t pay any heed to, Amber Rudd, former home secretary’s pleas for lifting the tier 2 visa cap for certain shortage professions.
Telegraph reported that Hunt advised the British government to temporarily increase the visa cap by 25 percent, while Javid wants a fresh look at the whole immigration system. According to a report by The British Medical Journal, around 1,500 visa applications of doctors who had secured a job with the National Health Service were rejected between December 2017 and March 2018. In an interview with BBC News, Javid said that he feels there’s a problem with the program and is something that he is taking a fresh look at. He mentioned that a number of colleagues in the British parliament want him to look into the policy and that’s exactly what he is doing.
Exclude students and medical staff
Sir Ed Davey, home affairs spokesman, Liberal Democrat, said that the Home Secretary will have everyone’s support in the parliament to exclude medical staff and students from the tier 2 visa cap. If everyone support it is easier for them to implement. However, he is worried that PM May isn’t ready to admit that her policy is far-fetched and utterly wrong. He hopes for the parliament to soon vote on the issue as early as possible.