Migrant NHS heroes should be given indefinite leave to remain

The call follows reports that doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year.

The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat and people are rightly worried. In times like this, we cannot thank front-line staff enough for going above and beyond to look after us all.

Extending the visas in the NHS is welcome, but the Government must also do so much more for the social care system and urgently rollout adequate PPE and testing.

If someone is prepared to risk their life for this country, they must be allowed to live in it with indefinite leave to remain. https://t.co/itdMUPA3cN

Lib Dems (@LibDems) March 31, 2020

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

“There is a moral principle here. If someone is prepared to risk their life for this country, they must be allowed to live in it. All foreign national NHS workers fighting for our lives during the Covid-19 pandemic are heroes. They should be awarded indefinite leave to remain.

We can do better than that can’t we? How about automatic indefinite leave to remain or citizenship if they wanted it? The least we could do surely. Imagine if the Home Office kicked them out after what the service they gave? These are the NHS equivalent of Gurkhas @JoannaLumleyUKhttps://t.co/ejtNSjDVI2

— Layla Moran 🔶 (@LaylaMoran) March 31, 2020