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UK Tier-2 (Health And Care Worker) Visa for Nurses And Midwives Worker

To work in the UK as a professional nurse or midwife presents numerous career opportunities. The NHS (National Health Service) is reliant on overseas medical professionals due to a shortage. With the changes in the UK immigration rules after Brexit and relaxation in the requirements by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) means overseas qualified Nurses and Midwives having atleast one year experienc in their home country can be registered in UK with more ease under the Tier-2 (Skilled Worker) Health and Care Worker Visa category.

Overview Health And Care Worker UK Visa for Healthcare Professional

The UK has recently introduced new immigration rules effective from 01 December 2020 for health care staff who wishes to work in the UK. It is important for health and care workers to obtain a Tier 2 Sponsorship (Certificate of Sponsorship CoS) before they can apply for health and care visa UK. The Job offer must be from the NHS or other organizations who are providing medical and healthcare services to the National Health Service. The following professionals can apply for UK Tier 2 visa after successfully obtaining job offer:

  • Doctor;
  • Nurse;
  • Health Professional;
  • Adult Social Care Professional;

Role of Nursing And Midwifery Council (NMC) UK

NMC is the official body that regulates the nurses and midwives professionals in the UK. To work legally in the UK as a nurse, initially you must register yourself with NMC. Therefore, you must be acquiring NMC registration, and PIN number to practice and work in UK. At this point, it is very important that you must fulfill all the NMC requirements to ensure a successful application of your registration. We at UK Visa Consultants ensure that you are guided professionally through accurate, up-to-date and suitable legal choices as per your specific situation.

Mandatory Registration With Nursing And Midwifery Council UK (NMC)

Nurses and Midwives need to fulfill the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK NMC to become a registered nurse and midwife in the UK. Therefore, applicants must understand the whole process of registration with the Nurse and Midwifery Council NMC. In such a situation, seeking professional guidance from the best UK Immigration Solicitors is the best choice to avoid delays and disappointments during your application registration with NMC and the UK healthcare visa process.

We at Wazir Solicitors understand the problems that are faced by nurses and midwives applying from India. We offer 360 degree support to our valued clients throughout the process. We understand the NMC registration requirements and guide Nurses accordingly. Our best UK Immigration Solicitors/lawyers in Ludhiana Punjab offers you one-stop solution to work in UK as a NMC registered nurse or midwife.

Requirements for Registration with NMC?

In 2019, a new streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives was launched by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The changed rules have improved application process for applicants. Nurses and Midwives are now able to track their application progress and a pre-application checklist is given to candidates. The NMC registration requirements are streamlined and clarified for the simplification of the process. With improved and simplification of NMC registration requirements and processes, nurses and midwives from overseas can apply more confidently.

Follwing are the NMC Registration Requirements for Overseas Qualified Nurses:

  • Qualification: An applicant nurse must hold a nursing degree or diploma, must be a registered nursing license and have 1 year of a nursing experience;
  • English Language Ability: The applicant must need to clear IELTS or OET to prove their English language skills. Overall score of 7 in academic IELTS is required, with no less than 6.5 in writing and 7 in the remaining categories. For OET, you must have C+ in writing and B in the remaining sections;
  • Eligibility through NMC Self-Assessment: To be eligible for the NMC registration, you will need to complete an online self-assessment;

Passing CBT (Computer Based Test): A CBT must be taken by overseas trained nurses to be registered with NMC. In addition, applicants must also take OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), which is a practical examination of skills.

Requirements To Become An NMC Registered Nurse In UK

For assessing your ability to fit in the role of a nurse in UK, NMC needs a number of documents which must be submitted along with your application. After receiving all the required and relevant documents, the International Registration Team at NMC will be assessing your application. Therefore, it is significantly important that you understand the perquisites to be an NMC registered nurse.

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Visa Requirements

A Health and Care Worker visa allows overseas medical professionals to come to and stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS (National Health Services), an NHS supplier or in adult social care. In order to qualify for a Health and Care Worker Visa, you must prove the following:

  • you’re a qualified Doctor, Nurse, Health Professional or Adult Social Care Professional;
  • work in an eligible health or social care job;
  • your job is eligible for this visa;
  • you’ll be working for a UK health and care sector employer that’s been approved by the Home Office;
  • you’ll be paid the minimum salary or the ‘going rate’ for the type of work you’ll be doing - whichever is higher;
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK;

Eligible Occupation List & Code

The following are the list and code of eligible occupation for the Health and Care Worker Visa and your job must be falls in one of the following occupation codes to qualify for the Health and Care Worker visa:

  • 1181: health services and public health managers and directors
  • 1242: residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
  • 2112: biological scientists and biochemists
  • 2113: physical scientists
  • 2211: medical practitioners
  • 2212: psychologists
  • 2213: pharmacists
  • 2214: ophthalmic opticians
  • 2215: dental practitioners
  • 2217: medical radiographers
  • 2218: podiatrists
  • 2219: health professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as audiologists and occupational health advisers
  • 2221: physiotherapists
  • 2222: occupational therapists
  • 2223: speech and language therapists
  • 2229: therapy professionals that are ‘not elsewhere classified’, such as osteopaths and psychotherapists
  • 2231: nurses
  • 2232: midwives
  • 2442: social workers
  • 3111: laboratory technicians
  • 3213: paramedics
  • 3216: dispensing opticians
  • 3217: pharmaceutical technicians
  • 3218: medical and dental technicians
  • 3219: health associate professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 6141: nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • 6143: dental nurses
  • 6146: senior care workers

Who are Approved Health and Care Sector Employers in UK

Before apply for UK Tier-2 (Health and Care Worker) Visa, you should have a job offer from an approved UK employer who are also known as Sponsors because they are sponsoring the Healthcare Professioal to come to UK to do the job in Health & Care sector in the UK. You must have a job offer from the following approved employer in UK:

  • the NHS
  • an organisation providing medical services to the NHS
  • an organisation providing adult social care

Salary Requirements

You will usually need to be paid at least £20,480 per annum. If the ‘going rate’ for your job is higher than £20,480, you will usually need to be paid at least the going rate. Each occupation code has its own annual going rate. How you find the going rate depends on your job.

When to Meet Different Salary Requirements

You will need to meet different salary requirements for UK Health and Care Worker Visa, if your job code falls in one of the following occupation codes:

  • 1181: health services and public health managers and directors
  • 1242: residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
  • 2112: biological scientists and biochemists
  • 2113: physical scientists
  • 3111: laboratory technicians
  • 3216: dispensing opticians
  • 3217: pharmaceutical technicians
  • 6146: senior care workers

Knowledge of English Requirement

You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. You can prove your knowledge of English by:

  • passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider
  • having a GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English, gained through study at a UK school that you began when you were under 18
  • having a degree-level academic qualification that was taught in English - if you studied abroad, you’ll need to apply through Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) for confirmation that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD
  • If You Are a Doctor, Dentist, Nurse or Midwife than you do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve already passed an English Language assessment that is accepted by the relevant regulated professional body.

Documents Required

When you apply for Health and Care Worker Visa, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number - your employer will give you this
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • your job title and annual salary
  • your job’s occupation code
  • the name of your employer and their sponsor licence number - this will be on your certificate of sponsorship

Other Documents You Might Need

Depending on your circumstances, you might be also provide the follwoing documents:

  • evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK, for example bank statements (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your employer can support you)
  • proof of your relationship with your partner or children if they’re applying with you
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • a criminal record certificate - if you’re working in certain jobs
  • your UK PhD certificate, or your unique Ecctis reference number (formerly unique UK NARIC reference number) if your qualification is from outside the UK - you’ll need to apply through Ecctis

How We Can Help You With UK Visa Application

UK Immigration Solicitors in Punjab India

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It is our standard professional practice to offer paid visa initial consultations who wish to apply for UK visas. This enables us to gauge prospects of your UK Visa & Immigration matter and accordingly decide if we can assist you. If we, after the UK visa consultation, believe that we can prepare your UK Visa Application or appeal against UK Visa refusal, only then we take the case and fee. Our fees depend on the time we anticipate to prepare your UK Visa Application and exercise involved therefore these vary for everyone. Rest assured we do not surprise our clients with any hidden charges. Clients can visit our offices or take initial consultation via WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, GoogleMeet and other platforms. We have been successfully advising our clients across the globe for the last 12 years as British Lawyers.

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As British lawyers, we will do our best and even go that extra mile for you. We can help you with the necessary paperwork that will be needed to ensure that your application meets the Immigration requirements.

Please expect us to do the following for you, when you instruct us to represent you or a member of your family:

  1. Full and professional assessment of your case
  2. Advice on whether you should consider a different immigration programme or category
  3. Strong and weak points of your application
  4. Advice on correct list of documents
  5. Advice on evidence required
  6. Instructing your sponsor, relative, employer or college (if required)
  7. Completion of all visa immigration forms & appendix
  8. Final check of your documents before submission to the British Embassy/Home Office
  9. Drafting representations and cover letters to the Home Office/British Diplomatic Post
  10. Creating a professionally looking paginated visa application bundle
  11. All translations of the relevant documents
  12. Booking of your appointments at VFS India
  13. Represent your application to the Home Office inside/outside UK British Diplomatic Post
  14. Correspondence with the Home Office/British Diplomatic Post as and when required
  15. Keeping you updated by email, phone or msg about correspondence in your application
  16. On-going visa application support till your application has been decided by UKVI
  17. Any further in-country/out-of-country immigration assistance

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