Dental employers are being warned that Home Office changes could cause delays in recruiting non-EU dental professionals.
The latest changes, due to come into effect from 6 April 2017, means dentists, along with pharmacists, nurses and midwives, are subject to new requirements to produce a criminal record certificate.
Failure to meet these requirements could cause individuals to be refused a visa by the Home Office.
‘Even if you know that the employee has gone through a criminal record check before, employees under certain SOC codes will still need a criminal record certificate because previous checks were not examined by the Home Office,’ Jonathan Beech, managing director of Migrate UK, said.
‘These latest changes by the Home Office appear to affect those medical professionals who will have direct contact with the public if they’re successful in their application.
‘We advise that employers check relevant SOC codes well in advance of the changes and ensure they communicate any requirement for a criminal record certificate to potential recruits well before April, as processing times for obtaining certificates can vary from country to country.
‘This will give the employee plenty of time to apply and ensure they’re not caught out at the last minute.
‘Also, ensure that they request that their certificates are as up to date as possible.’