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United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it would offer visas for care workers for a 12 month period after the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated staff shortages within the social care sector.

The government said the temporary measures were expected to come into effect early next year and would be in place for a minimum of 12 months. The minimum annual salary to qualify for the visa will be 20,480 pounds ($27,445).

Social care workers, care assistants and home care workers are to become eligible for health and care visas for a 12-month period.

The government said this would make it easier to fill gaps in workforces.

After Brexit, the UK had also announced new immigration plans that allowed international students to work in the country for two years after graduating.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom had said that the change was aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best from around the world” and a sign of “the UK´s ambition once we have left the European Union”.

She told BBC Radio that instead of being open to free movement from just the (EU), the United Kingdom will be able to take advantage of a global talent pool… and that’s something that’s a great advantage for us.

The secretary said the government wanted to increase the number of international students in Britain by 30 per cent to 600,000 by 2030, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths, collectively known as STEM subjects.

International students currently make up half of all full-time post-graduate STEM students in the country.

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