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Thousands of UK visa applications by doctors refused, figures show

More than 2,300 visa applications by doctors looking to work in the UK have been refused in five months, official figures show.

There were 3,597 requests from doctors for tier 2 visas between 6 November and 5 April, but only 34% were successful.

The figures, obtained by the law firm Eversheds Sutherland through a freedom of information (FOI) request, come after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, said he was at the cap on skilled migrants.

The NHS has warned the limit is exacerbating staff shortages as hospitals struggle to . The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has also lobbied for it to be lifted.

In the period covered by the FOI request, 2,360 visa applications by doctors from outside the European Economic Area were denied. The chances of success were more remote for junior doctors. While 90 of 97 applications by consultants were successful, among registrars, only 733 out of 2,341 (31%) were granted a visa.

Read more in The Guardian.

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