The United Kingdom is looking to hire international nurses to help stem their growing healthcare staff shortage. The UK has one of the most progressive healthcare systems in the world, but at the moment, the country needs to fill over 40,000 registered nurse vacancies. We have compiled a helpful list of requirements for foreign-educated nurses and midwives who wish to move to the UK for work and help stem the growing shortages.

Your Document Checklist

Before you get started with job applications or research into which city you’d like to live in, make sure you have the following documents: 

– Valid Passport

– Change of Name Certificate (if applicable)

– Professional Healthcare License

– Diploma or Degree Certificate

– Medical Certificate

– Police Clearance

– Certificate of Good Standing

– IELTS Results

NMC Registration

If you want to practice nursing or midwifery in the UK, you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC regulates the nursing and midwifery profession in the UK, setting standards which ensure high-quality patient care. To register, you have to undergo a computer-based test, available to take in most countries worldwide. After this, you need to undergo a practical assessment at one of three test centers across the UK.

Work UK Overseas Nurse

The most basic requirement for migrating to another country is to hold a valid passport. The NMC has an online interactive checklist that you can use to see if you qualify for registration. If you ever changed your name (if you got married, divorced, etc.), you need to supply additional documentation. You need a healthcare license from your home country to practice your profession, as well as submitting the contact information of the authority who issued your license. Your diploma or your college degree certificate, together with your university contact details, are included in the registration requirements. 

NMC Registration Costs and Timeline

For the NMC registration expenses alone, the total cost for fees and tests is £1,170, excluding IELTS, visa costs, and your travel and lodging expenses. This price may go up depending on whether you need to resit an exam. The NMC strives to assess your application within 14 days of receipt of your requirements AND confirmation from your university and regulator (professional license issuing authority). You have 2 years to complete your full requirements, including the CBT and the practical assessment in the UK test center. Once all the requirements are met, your registration application will be completed within 30 days.

Provide Health Evidence

You are required to provide health evidence to show that you can practice your profession safely and effectively, regardless of any disability. The certificate should be issued within 3 months from the date of the submission of your registration application. 

Provide Character Evidence

The Police Clearance certificate should show that you have not had any legal issues in the country you’re residing in at the time of your application and should be issued no longer than 12 months before the date the NMC assesses your application. The certificate of good standing or character declaration is from a person or authority who is not related to you or has not previously been employed by you.

Provide Language Evidence

As the UK is an English-speaking country, you need to present proof that you have the necessary knowledge of English to speak, read, listen and write clearly and effectively. It can be proof that your pre-registration nurse, midwife, or nursing associate qualification was composed of at least 50% clinical interaction in the English language. You can also submit your IELTS results paper showing an overall score band of at least 7. Your writing band score can be 6.5, as long as all your other skills are a score band of 7 or above.

Work UK Overseas Nurse

UK Working Visa

After successfully registering with the NMC, you can apply for a Health and Care Worker visa if you already have a sponsor. If you have not secured work yet, you can apply for the points-based immigration system.

If you qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa, the application fee will depend on whether you will stay for up to 3 years or more. The standard application fee costs £232 for the first 3 years and £464 if you intend to stay more than 3 years. Unless you’re exempt, you need to prove that you have at least £1,270 in your bank account for more than 28 days in a row to show you can support yourself. If your work sponsor provides you with living accommodation and expenses, your application should indicate this. Your employer will need to complete the ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’ under the ‘Additional data’ section of your certificate of sponsorship. It usually takes 3 weeks for the immigration authorities to reach a decision on your visa application.

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