Britain said today it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staffing shortfalls in the country’s National Health Service.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said the government would remove non-European Union doctors and nurses from a cap on the number of skilled-worker visas that can be issued each year.
The cap currently restricts Tier Two visas for non-EU workers to 20,700 people per year.
The move is expected to be formally announced by the Home Office tomorrow.
According to the Associated Press, the Royal College of General Practitioners said it would be a “much-needed victory for common sense and patient care.”
It is the first easing of immigration rules by a Conservative government with a longstanding — and unmet — goal of cutting net immigration to below 100,000. It is currently more than double that.