How to get a Care Job in the UK

How to get a Care Job in the UK

To secure a care job in the UK under visa sponsorship, you should begin by understanding the visa requirements. The primary route for international care workers is the Health and Care Worker Visa, which necessitates a job offer from a UK employer licensed to sponsor visas.

Job and Visa Requirements

This job must meet specific skill levels and salary thresholds set by the UK government. To satisfy the visa requirements, you must demonstrate English language proficiency and prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during the initial months of your stay.


To find a suitable care job in the UK, identify potential employers who are approved sponsors. Many care providers are licensed to sponsor visas, and you can find a list of these employers on the UK government’s website. Searching on job portals like Indeed, NHS Jobs, and the ‘dot-gov‘ job site can help you find listings that specifically mention visa sponsorship. Employers in the healthcare sector, particularly those seeking to fill roles under the Health and Care Visa, often actively look to sponsor overseas candidates.

Making Yourself Attractive to UK Employers

Once you’ve identified potential employers, tailor your application to meet their needs. Highlight your skills and experience in your CV, emphasising any qualifications in health and social care, as well as your adaptability and readiness to relocate. Write a compelling cover letter that expresses your passion for care work and your commitment to providing high-quality care. Mention any skills or experiences that may be relevant to working in the UK. Gather strong references and ensure all your credentials, such as diplomas or certificates, are ready and printed or scanned if needed.

Health and Social Care Courses

You can take any number of recognised short training courses used in the UK care sector, or even longer courses from Level 2 upwards in Health and Social Care. Regulation in the UK dictates that care workers have to complete numerous courses by law, and must also update them typically annually. By taking some of these courses before you apply, you can improve your chances of success in many cases. If you’re looking for a shorter course, we recommend the Care Certificate.

You should be aware of how the care industry in the UK might differ from that of your own country. The Care sector in the UK has been fraught with national abuse scandals, and you should ensure you have a strong grasp of the principles of safeguarding.

Find and Apply for Care Jobs in the UK

Apply directly to care homes, hospitals, and domiciliary care providers that offer visa sponsorship. Highlight your interest in the specific role and your ability to meet visa requirements. Registering with recruitment agencies that specialise in placing international candidates in care roles, like Hays Healthcare or Medacs Healthcare, can also be beneficial, as these agencies often work closely with employers who sponsor visas.

Sponsorship Fees

It’s illegal to charge fees to candidates in the UK, so be wary of any agency asking for money. Though you might think that paying your way could streamline your applications, it is unlikely to lead to stable employment in the UK. The UK government is currently targetting abuse of the UK care visa system by rogue employment agencies.

Your Job Interview

Prepare thoroughly for the interview process. Understand the responsibilities and challenges of the care role you are applying for, and be ready to discuss your motivation for working in the UK. Expect to answer questions about how you handle stressful situations and provide examples from your previous care work. Scenario-based questions are common, where you will need to explain how you would deal with specific situations in a care setting, such as emergencies or supporting patients with complex needs.

The Visa Application

Once you get a care job in the UK, your employer will provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship, which is crucial for your visa application. You will then need to apply for the Health and Care Worker Visa, providing this certificate along with proof of English proficiency, police checks from your home country, TB clearance where necessary, evidence of personal savings, and the visa application fee.

Prepare for Relocation to the UK

As you prepare for relocation, plan your move carefully, including finding accommodation and understanding local living conditions in the UK. Upon arrival, complete any required training your employer provides on UK care standards and practices to adapt quickly to your new role.

Changes to the Health and Care Worker Visa

Competition for care jobs in the UK with sponsorship was initially very high when care workers were first added to what was then called the Shortage Occupation List. There are still large numbers of applicants, but since the UK government announced the withdrawal of dependent visas applications are down nearly two thirds.


Securing a care job in the UK under visa sponsorship involves understanding visa requirements, identifying potential sponsors, tailoring your application, and preparing thoroughly for the interview and relocation process. With careful planning and a targeted approach, you can successfully navigate the pathway to a rewarding career in the UK’s care sector.

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