ECONOMYNEXT – The United Kingdom will launch and ‘Health and Care Visa’ for Sri Lanka health workers and their families to get fast-track visa’s to work in the National Health Service, the British embassy in Colombo said.
“Eligible Sri Lankan nationals, and their immediate family members, will benefit from fast-track visa processing, reduced visa fees and will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge,” the UK High Commission said.
The Health and Care Visa, which will be launched formally in the coming months, will create new fast-track visa route for health and care professionals to work in the National Health Service in the UK.
UK is also encouraging students to apply to study in the upcoming academic year though there travel procedures are still uncertainty.
“Our universities are very much looking forward to welcoming students from Sri Lanka for the next academic year,” British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton said.
“Every student contributes to the learning environment in the UK in their own way. This cultural exchange builds life-long friendships, and lays the foundations for future personal and professional success.”
The UK says it is working closely with the universities to ensure flexibility for international students coming to the UK for the new academic year, considering visa regulations, learning models and student safety.
“Universities will be flexible in accommodating circumstances where possible, including where students are unable to travel to the UK in time for the start of the academic year,” the statement said.
“Students are encouraged to contact their chosen or prospective universities to ask any questions about course delivery in 2020/21.”