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Non-EU nurses face early exit

New government rules could lead to a skills drain of valuable nursing staff from overseas.

Clive Banzon came to the UK from the Philippines in April 2012, but is likely to be told to leave in a couple of years.

Picture credit: Alamy

This is because the UK government is introducing new rules for non-European Union workers who want to stay here permanently, effective from April 2016.

No one in the ‘tier two’ category of workers – mostly graduates in ‘general’ occupations – will be allowed to settle if they are earning less than £35,000 after being here for five years. Mr Banzon is a cardiac nurse at Watford General Hospital and earns £30,000. His five years are up in April 2017 and he is worried that his salary will not hit £35,000 by that date.

‘It seems unfair,’ he says. ‘I feel


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