It appears the end of the rush by Nigerian doctors and citizens to work in the UK as health workers is here. 

A new United Kingdom’s Home Office decision is blocking off every opportunity that they have to bring family members.


This is part of a new statement released on Monday, bearing reasons for the decision.

UK govt bans dependants
Rishi Sunak

According to the statement, the British Government has banned health and care workers from foreign countries like Nigeria from bringing family members and other dependants to the country.

According to the statement, the new rules will cut net migration and tackle visa abuse.

Also, it is “part of the government’s plan to bring down unsustainable levels of legal migration”.


The statement said, last year alone, a total of 120,000 dependants accompanied 100,000 workers to the UK.

Worker’s Exploitation

“Care providers in England acting as sponsors for migrants will also be required to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC is the industry regulator for Health and Social Care.

The registration is now necessary in order to crack down on worker exploitation and abuse within the sector.


“It forms part of a wider package of measures, which is being implemented as soon as possible.

Indeed, this means that a total of 300,000 people, who were eligible to come to the UK last year, would now not be able to do so.


Home Secretary, James Cleverly MP, was quoted as saying that “care workers make an incredible contribution to our society, taking care of our loved ones in times of need.

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“But we cannot justify inaction in the face of clear abuse, manipulation of our immigration system and unsustainable migration numbers.

“It is neither right nor fair to allow this unacceptable situation to continue.

“We promised the British people action, and we will not rest until we have delivered on our commitment to bring numbers down substantially”.

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