In 2008, the United Kingdom introduces a new points-based system that replaces most of their existing work-based categories and a caregiver is classified as Tier 2 General which is the skilled worker category. This category is for people coming to the UK with a skilled job offer from an employer based in the UK. This is usually the case when an employer in the United Kingdom cannot find a settled worker to fill the gap in their workforce.
Requirements in applying as Caregiver in UK
Before you can apply as a caregiver under the skilled worker category, you must have a job offer from an employer or a sponsor in the UK, and you need to have a valid certificate of sponsorship. Upon your application, you will be awarded some points according to their new points-based system which will base on you’re:
2. Future expected earnings
4. Skills in the English language
5. Available maintenance funds
How long can a Caregiver Work in the UK
If you are given the privilege to stay in the United Kingdom under the Tier2 General as a skilled worker, you will be able to live and be employed in the UK. But, the allowable maximum period of your employment or stay in the UK should not exceed 3 years and one month. Or, in some cases, the time specified in your certificate of sponsorship plus one month, whichever is shorter. After that you will need to apply for an extension of your stay as a Caregiver under the Tier 2 General.
If you are allowed to extend your stay in the UK, you will be given another 2 years or the time specified in your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days. Usually, the one with the shorter period of time will be the one to be followed. But, once you have been in the United Kingdom for a continuous time of five years, you now have the right to apply for a settlement which will allow you to live permanently in the United Kingdom. If you do not avail of this privilege you must file a new application under the new points-based system.
For more detailed information, you can visit this website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/