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UK extends residency scheme for overseas doctor's kin

UK extends residency scheme for overseas doctor's kin

LONDON: The UK government has extended a Covid-19 Bereavement Scheme, which grants permanent UK residency to the family members of overseas medics who die after contracting the coronavirus.

The extension of the bereavement scheme to include cleaners, porters, social care staff and care home workers will be effective immediately and retrospectively, the Home Office confirmed.

Families and dependents of migrant NHS support staff who die after contracting coronavirus will be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, the government has said.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “Every death in this crisis is a tragedy, and sadly some NHS support staff and social care workers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of saving the lives of others”.

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