Unions have dubbed the charges “unfair” due to workers helping the COVID-19 response.
Health and care unions are calling for international healthcare workers to have their visas automatically renewed free of charge to ensure they are able to stay in the UK to help tackle the second wave of Covid-19.
Between the end of March and 1 October, health and care staff whose visas were expiring had theirs automatically renewed for 12 months free of charge.
Unions have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking that she intervenes and renews the extension as a matter of urgency.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has dubbed the charges as “unfair”.
Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN chief executive said: “Overseas nursing staff make a vital contribution to the nursing workforce and they have been under significant pressure caring for patients during the pandemic.
“It is unfair that at the same time they should be worrying about arranging an extension to their visa.
“If the Government wants to show support and recognition of those who have dedicated themselves to caring for UK patients, they should act now to grant automatic extension to visas throughout the pandemic.
“This will allow nursing staff to get on with their primary role of caring for their patients without imposing unnecessary uncertainty and stress.”
Sara Gorton, Unison head of health, added: “As infection rates rise, the NHS and social care services are going to need all the help they can get. The Government must extend the visa scheme for frontline staff.
“Workers who’ve come to the UK to help the NHS in its hour of need must be spared the cost of extending visas.”