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UK Visa Norms Strike Indian Doctors Hard

Dr S M Balaji, director, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, says the issue raised by UK should be looked at from various perspectives.

Published: 28th February 2016 05:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2016 09:44 AM   |  A+A-

LONDON/CHENNAI:Indian doctors in the UK may find it difficult to apply for jobs under proposed changes to the country’s visa regime which mulls introduction of a new test for employers for ensuring European workers are given priority for skilled jobs.

If employers wish to recruit a migrant from outside the settled workforce for a skilled job, they will need to show that they have carried out the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) unless the post is on the shortage occupation list, according to the new proposals.

The UK Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation of a new RLMT to ensure UK and European workers are given priority for skilled jobs would mean that Indian medical graduates will be eligible to apply for higher training posts within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) only when most vacancies are already filled up.

Dr S M Balaji, director, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, says the issue raised by UK should be looked at from various perspectives.



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