Skills for Care

Recently we have seen unprecedented pressures on recruitment of staff within the social care sector. International recruitment is one tool in a providers recruitment toolbox and supports the development of a skilled and diverse workforce.

On this page we share guidance from the Home Office and DHSC which will support providers across adult social care to recruit from overseas ethically. We will also share current examples of best practice from employers across a variety of settings.


DHSC and Home Office guidance

Home Office – Social care: points-based immigration

This presentation gives key information about changes to the shortage occupation list, the health and social care visa and right to work checks.

Duration 28 mins 5 secs


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This acompanying document answers some common questions about recruiting from overseas.

Department of Health & Social Care - Ensuring ethical recruitment

Dave Howarth from the DHSC explains what ethical recruitment is and the Cod of Practice for International Recruitment.

Duration 15 mins 35 secs


UK Visas & Immigration - How to apply for a sponsor licence

Andy Edgar explains the key stages of licence applications and how to provide a thorough and effective application. 

Duration 24 mins 45 secs


International recruitment virtual event

On 24 December 2021, the Government announced social care workers, care assistants and home care workers will become eligible for the Health and Care Visa. This is in addition to senior care workers and registered managers who are already included in the list of eligible roles for the Health and Care visa. Skills for Care held a series of virtual events to provide information and guidance around these changes. 

Duration 1 hour 53 minutes


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This short guide, developed by Fragomen, covers the impact the end of free movement has had on immigration rules.

Employer experiences

Country Court - recruiting from overseas

Helen Meadows, Head of People at care provider Country Court, shares their experience recruiting internationally and gives a step by step overview of employing from overseas.

Duration 13 mins 13 secs


Askham - a perspective on international recruitment

Aliyyah Nasser of Askham shares their experience recruiting internationally, becoming a sponsor, supporting newly-arrived staff and the value they bring to their workforce.

Duration 19 mins 42 secs


Government guidance

The following content, published on, offers more guidance and information around recruiting from overseas.

Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England

Press release, 24 December 2021, 'Biggest visa boost for social care as Health and Care Visa scheme expanded'

Health and care worker visa

UK visa sponsorship for employers

Right to work checks: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens