New UK rules leave foreign nurses, including Pinoys, at risk of deportation

via – More than 3,000 foreign nurses, including Filipinos, outside the European Economic Area (EEA) may be deported from the United Kingdom due to new immigration rules, Sky News reported on Monday (UK time).

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) stated that nearly 3,365 nurses in the UK may be affected by the new migration cap demanding non-European nurses to earn at least £35,000 after six years of employment.

Should the implementation of the new immigration rules push through next year, the number of affected nurses will climb to 6,620, recruited at a cost of £39.7 million, by 2020, the report said, citing the RCN.

A separate report on BBC News said data from the Nursing & Midwifery Council indicate that the Philippines has the highest number of foreign health workers in the UK at more than 20,000 nurses in 2015.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter told BBC Radio 4 that most nurses earned “nowhere near” the required amount and were paid between £21,000 and £28,000 a year.

National Health Services (NHS) and RCN data showed that these nurses must be promoted to a senior nurse position or made either a nurse consultant or matron to make the required £35,000.

A report on The Huffington Post said the Home Office, the UK’s immigration office, enacted the policy to reduce the demand for migrant labor and had given hospital four years to adjust to the changes.

“We changed the settlement rules in 2011 to break the link between coming to work in the UK and staying here permanently,” a Home Office spokesman said in the report.

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