Hospitals to hire hundreds more foreign nurses from the Philippines, India and Pakistan after Government U-turn on immigration in wake of staffing crisis

  • Ministers will lift restrictions on recruiting nurses from outside of Europe.
  • Following a staffing crisis on NHS wards, nurses will temporarily be added to official register of jobs which cannot be filled by UK residents.

PUBLISHED: 17:44, 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 01:50, 16 October 2015

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  • The Application Process:
  • 1. CV received by JC Life with IELTS result 7.0 All bands and NMC level 1 Certificate. CBT.
  • 2. Pre – Assessment Skype interview by JC life Representative. Signed Terms of agreement by Client.
  • 3. Employer interview by Skype or In person at home country of applicant.
  • 4. Job Offer issued to successful candidates from Employer.
  • 5. Candidates signs and accepts offer of Employment.
  • 6. Employer issues Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
  • 7. Applicant nurses apply for Visa entry to UK embassy in host countries.
  • Visa requirements:
  • 1. Valid Passport
  • 2. Valid ID card
  • 3. Birth Certificate
  • 4. Recent Police check
  • 5. Two work reference
  • 6. Character Reference
  • 7. Five year address History
  • 8. Marriage or divorce certificate
  • 9. Nursing Diploma from country of origin
  • 10. NMC level 1 competency confirmation

Information for overseas nurses

Anyone wanting to work in the UK as a nurse must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nurses trained outside the UK and EEA

They can apply to be on the NMC Register, providing they meet its standards. The NMC will compare the training in your country with that required in the UK. Registration with the NMC does not provide the right to work in the UK.

The requirements for registration are different for nurses who trained in the UK and EEA to those who trained outside the UK and EEA.

Process for nurses educated from outside the EEA

Since October 2014, the only route to registration for all nurses trained outside the UK and EEA with the NMC is through a 2-part application process.

  • Part one – a computer based multiple-choice examination which will be accessible in many countries around the world for applicants to access in their home countries.
  • Part two – a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which will always be held in the UK.

This process does not require applicants to complete a period of supervised practice.

For further information about the application process and the new test of competence please visit the NMC website.

EEA nationals who have trained outside the EEA will not be eligible for automatic recognition of their qualification under the EU Directives as they have not trained within an EU member state. Further information is available from the NMC website.

All applications to join the NMC nurses part of the Register from individuals who trained outside the UK and EEA must include evidence of completion of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. You must complete the academic version of the IELTS test and achieve:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening and reading section 1
  • at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
  • an overall average score of 7 (out of a possible 9)

The NMC will not consider applicants who score lower than this standard.

Overseas-trained nurses holding EC Treaty Rights who have had their qualification recognised in another EU member state and have practised in the EU/EEA for three years, will continue to be processed through the EU route.

  • Please contact:
  • Wales:
  • England:
  • Scotland:
  • Philippines:
  • UAE/Middle East (contact: Ven Flora):