We have over 20 years of experience working in public interest immigration and are proud to assist some of the UK’s largest NHS trusts. 

In addition to assisting with immigration issues and employee visa applications we also conduct regular training on immigration issues for HR staff. We can also assist with maintaining your sponsor licence duties by keeping all the necessary information updated on the Sponsor Management System (SMS) by acting as Level 1 and 2 users. 

By outsourcing this responsibility to us, you can ensure this essential duty is taken care of so that your license remains active and compliant. 

How we can help:

Visa applications

Immigration training


Sponsor licence applications


Immigration compliance


Sponsor licence maintenance


Exceptional immigration services

We assist with visa sponsorship matters and related immigration and citizenship applications for:

  • Doctors (including General Practitioners and related staff)
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics 
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Optometrists and Opticians
  • Social Workers
  • Prison Officers and Prison Service staff
  • Local Authority workers
  • Employees of the Armed Forces of the UK
  • Employees of any UK Police Force
  • Employees of any UK Government Department
  • All professionals involved in areas supplementary to medicine not mentioned above
  • Employees of Registered Charities (e.g., Barnardo’s) 

Supporting public interest employers

We provide the following range of services to support employers:

  • Manage and maintain the existing sponsorship license on behalf of UK employers as well as assign and request undefined and defined Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS).  
  • Assist UK employers who wish to acquire a UK sponsor license for the first time. 
  • Assist with submitting in-country or out of country visa applications for sponsored workers and their family members. This includes applications for Health and Care visas, indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and later applications for British nationality
  • Provide right to work training for employers and give regular updates of any potential changes with the Home Office.  
  • Audit existing HR records to ensure compliance with Home Office requirements for sponsors. 

The UK Health and Care Worker visa

The UK work visa specifically for healthcare professionals is known as the Health and Care Worker visa. This visa provides a skilled worker route for many jobs, including nurses, paramedics, and various technicians and therapists.

The Health and Care Worker visa is valid for five years with the option to extend it. After five years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK. You will need to apply for a status known as indefinite leave to remain (ILR). This gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like and apply for some benefits if you’re eligible.  After a year of holding ILR, you may be eligible for UK citizenship.

You must score 70 points on the points-based immigration system, 50 of those points are mandatory and the other 20 points can be made up from what is known as tradeable points.

How points are allocated for the Health and Care Worker visa:

Job offer by approved sponsorFixed20
Job at the appropriate skill level (RQF 3 and above)Fixed20
English at the required levelFixed20
Salary criteria – one can be chosen from the following:  
Salary of £20,960 but in the listed health/education job that meets the relevant national pay scale*Tradeable20
Salary of £20,960 (minimum) to £23,580Tradeable0
Salary of £23,581 to £26,199Tradeable10
Salary of £26,200 or aboveTradeable20
Other Criteria - one can be chosen from the following:  
Job in a shortage occupationTradeable20
Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the jobTradeable10
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the jobTradeable20
Applicant is a new entrant to the job marketTradeable20


Our Public Interest immigration service is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK to give immigration advice and has specialised in immigration for NHS staff since 1994.


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Meet your public interest team

Talk to our experienced consultants to see how we can help with your sponsorship needs.

  • Sandra Zegarac
    Sandra Zegarac
    Director: Sable International Public Interest
  • Sharifa Chowdhury
    Director: Sable International Public Interest
  • Robyn Eldridge
    Immigration and Citizenship Caseworker
  • Alison Gamble
    Administrative Assistant
  • Breyana Bailey
    Administrative Assistant
  • Sandra Zegarac
    Director: Sable International Public Interest

    Sandra Zegarac grew up in Croatia and has completed her degree, in Zagreb, studying pedagogy. 

    Sandra joined Sable International in 2005 having previously worked with another leading UK visa agency. She is a L1 Registered Adviser in UK Immigration with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. 

    Her talents lie in producing constructive and helpful solutions for clients with unusual problems. Sandra has been strongly involved with the NHS and other publicly funded bodies and specialises in UK immigration for healthcare professionals, visa audits for UK employers as well as general work sponsorship matters.

    Outside of work Sandra loves spending time with her family. 

  • Sharifa Chowdhury
    Director: Sable International Public Interest

    Sharifa is a qualified solicitor and joined Sable International in 2018 as a Level 1 OISC registered adviser. Prior to joining Sable, she gained extensive advocacy experience in Immigration Tribunals, representing clients at appeal stage in all areas of immigration. 

    She has vast experience dealing with applications under the UK immigration rules, including the points-based system, sponsor licence applications, and immigration and nationality rules. She currently specialises in public interest, working closely with hospitals, schools, and other public bodies for sponsorship matters.

    Sharifa loves travelling, socialising and fitness. She regularly volunteers in pro-bono work for various charity events and, is passionate about politics, immigration policy and client relationships.

  • Robyn Eldridge
    Immigration and Citizenship Caseworker

    Robyn started in our Cape Town office in 2013 and transferred to our UK office in 2015. She now has over 10 years of experience within the Sable International family. She has gained considerable experience in immigration and citizenship, covering both corporate and private client work, and most recently, sponsorship in the public sector

    She has previously been involved with visa audits for UK employers and the prevention of illegal workers in the UK. Robyn is registered as a Level 1 UK immigration advisor with the OISC. Robyn also has a passion for exceptional customer service and her attention to detail is second to none.

    Outside of work, Robyn spends her free time playing board games/cozy games, being a tourist in her own city and enjoying the company of her cat, Lupin.

  • Alison Gamble
    Administrative Assistant

    Alison was born in Croydon in the UK and educated in London. Alison’s background is as a history and politics teacher and before Sable, and she worked at Tudor Hall School. Her role at Sable International is as an administrative assistant, drafting certificates and visas for those who work in the public health sector.

    Outside of work, Alison enjoys photography and going to the theatre. 

  • Breyana Bailey
    Administrative Assistant

    Breyana was born and raised in South London. She joined Sable in June 2022. Prior to joining Sable, Breyana worked in a hardware supply store and coached children’s football. Breyana is currently doing an apprenticeship scheme through Sable for her business administration course.

    Breyana splits her free time between working security and exploring nature, reading, playing sport and socialising.

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