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An alarming report in today’s Daily Mirror warns that 31,000 could be made homeless after one of Britain’s biggest care home providers, which employs a large number of Senior Carers on Work Permits and Tier 4 students, was plunged into fresh financial chaos.

Shares in Southern Cross Healthcare, which runs 750 care homes all over the UK, sank 60% yesterday as it revealed it may not be able to pay off its debts.

Its losses doubled to £47.4million in the year to September 2010.

The Darlington-based group blames a fall in local authority funding and higher rents and is appealing for help from the Government.

GMB union boss Paul Kenny said: “These 750 care homes aren’t failing factories. They are an essential part of every community.” Source: Daily Mirror.

Despite the dramatic headlines, we will not see a mass eviction of elderly residents being thrown onto the streets. 

A group as large as Southern Cross are more likely to be subject to a takeover or restructure, which could result in job losses as the new owners look to slash costs in order to balance the books and get a return on their investment.

The many hundreds Senior Care Workers, from countries such as The Philippines and India, employed by Southern Cross on Work Permits will now face new worries about their future status in the UK.

Should they be made redundant the care workers may find it extremely difficult to find an alternative Tier 2 sponsor willing to renew their visas.

The UK government imposed an interim limit on migration last year, stripping hundreds of care home sponsors of the CoS (Certificate of Employment) allocations. 

New recommendations to raise UK shortage occupation list to higher skills level and remove jobs such as Senior Care Worker announced by UK Border Agency 3 March 2011. 

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended that 8 job titles be removed from the UK shortage occupation list, which in effect means it will not be possible for migrant workers to obtain Tier 2 working visa for those jobs.

Last month the UK Border Agency announced a major shake-up of the Tier 2 shortage occupations list, 71 jobs being disqualified as the government sets to raise the qualification entry level to NQF 4.

On Monday the UK government confirmed that it will remove 8 occupations, including Senior Carers from the points-based system’s shortage occupation list in April.

See article:

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

8 occupations removed from UK shortage occupation list

Senior Carers to be removed from Shortage Occupations list following MAC recommendation

High earners exempt from UK immigration cap

Tier 2 Working visa reforms announced by UK Border Agency

71 shortage occupations to be removed from Tier 2 visas in points-based shake up

Tier 4 Consultation ends as Damian Green promises clampdown on Student Visa abuse

YES, SENIOR CARERS ARE HAVING PROBLEMS OBTAINING ILR UNDER 5 YEAR RULE

MAC’s new list of graduate level occupations for Tier 2

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

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6 Responses to “Overseas Senior Carers and thousands of residents of Southern Cross Healthcare homes face uncertain future”
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  1. […] Overseas Senior Carers and thousands of residents of Southern Cross Healthcare homes face uncertain … […]

  2. southern cross are employing students who are working more than the allowed hours of work mostly doing more than 40hours per week.ukba should investigate and check their payslips.

  3. what will happen next?

  4. carl wilkinson says :

    we need people like theses to work in care homes and we need more good quality homes, as a nation we are living a lot longer.

  5. Fu…. this country lets go to other one, let them to wipe their asses/ i m fed up and packing

  6. […] removal of the eight occupations includes Senior Care Workers and Chefs, which according to employers are still in short […]

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