UK Visa Work Permit Tier 2 for Nurses

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Tier 2 Work Permit Visa for Nurses in the United Kingdom

Working as a nurse in the UK presents great career opportunities and, due to a domestic shortage, the National Health Service (NHS) is reliant on overseas medical professionals

To work as a nurse in the UK, all applicants must register with the NMC, which is the body that officially regulates nursing and midwifery professionals. 

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

To be registered with the NMC there are specific requirements –

▶ The nurses who have completed their training outside the European Union should be registered under the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP)
▶ The aspiring nurse should meet the minimum education requirement
▶ 1 Year of nursing experience
▶ There is a minimum language proficiency requirement that needs to be achieved which means an Academic IELTS with 6.5 in writing and 7 in remaining areas
▶ Registration involves a Computer Based Test (CBT) 
▶ The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is the second exam required for NMC registration.

Getting a work permit in the United Kingdom

Before you start applying for immigration to the United Kingdom make sure that you meet all the eligibility requirements for attainment of the work permit in the region –

▶ The candidate should have the employment letter from a licensed employer in the United Kingdom, and that employer will act as your sponsor for immigration.
▶ The candidate should have a sponsoring letter from the employer
▶ The candidate should achieve the minimum point score required for immigration to the United Kingdom.

Remember that the validity of a work permit is for five years and fourteen days.

Processing of a Work Permit for Nurse in the UK and the Average Fee

The step one of starting the process is registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Overseas Nursing program, and after that, the candidate is free to apply through two programs –

▶ Tier 1 – If you don’t have a job offer
▶ Tier 2 – if you have a job offer and a sponsorship letter from a licensed employer.

Also, for the Tier 2 work permit visa for nurses category, which is the popular choice for nurse’s immigration, you will need a minimum of 70 points to score to qualify under this category. But, you need not worry with a job letter as the sponsorship letter alone carries 30 points. Moreover, there will be an extra 20 points allocated if you will be earning a decent salary and allowance after immigrations as per your employment letter.


The average decent salary for a nurse in the United Kingdom is 20,000 pounds (including allowances), and it makes the candidate eligible for the extra 20 points in the assessment grid as well. Otherwise, the other way of improving your score is through increased score in English language proficiency.


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