Migrant Workers: Asylum:Written question - 38015

Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 20 April 2020
Home Office
Migrant Workers: Asylum
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to grant permission to work for (a) medical workers and (b) all other potential workers who have been awaiting a decision on their asylum application for over six months; and if she will make a statement.
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 20 May 2020

Asylum seekers with medical experience and qualifications, who have been waiting for a decision on their claim for 12 months or more, can already apply to work for the NHS in the range of medical professions on the Shortage Occupation List.

Asylum seeker right to work is a complex issue. The review of the policy is ongoing, and we are considering the evidence put forward on the issue. It is crucial we take the time to get this right.

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