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Work Permits

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether NHS trusts will be able to remove from shortlists doctors who require work permits but who had already been selected for interview before the new regulations came into force. (74603)

The changes to the Immigration Rules for Postgraduate Doctors and Dentists were announced by the Department of Health on 7 March 2006. We put transitional arrangements in place for those who had been offered a recognised training post before this date and which commences before 4 August 2006.

Those offered a post on or after 7 March 2006 would not be covered by these transitional arrangements, and the employer would need to show why they could not fill their post with a resident worker in order to be granted a work permit for a non-EEA national.

The new Rules came into effect on 3 April 2006. Before this date, those meeting the old Rules would still have been eligible for leave as a Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist.

The full transitional arrangements are available on the IND website at www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk.