Give foreign nationals in NHS indefinite leave to remain, say MPs

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The appeal was made by a cross-party group of more than 60 MPs. Photograph: Nick Moore/Alamy

Priti Patel urged to allow workers and their families right to stay in UK in honour of role in coronavirus fight


Foreign nationals working in the NHS should be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK in honour of their contribution to combating the Covid-19 crisis, a cross-party group of more than 60 MPs has said.

The MPs – led by the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine and the Labour MP David Lammy – have written to the home secretary, Priti Patel, urging her to say that “those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it”.

They also want indefinite leave to remain to be extended to the families of foreign nationals working in the NHS. Last week, Patel announced a free-of-charge one-year extension for 2,800 foreign doctors, nurses and paramedics, whose visas are due to expire by 1 October, But the cross party group, which includes one Conservative MP, Daniel Poulter, argues it does not go far enough.

 

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Source:  The Guardian