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Guidance for Overseas Doctors

Doctors from Outside of the UK and EEA

The Wessex Deanery aims to provide excellent training for doctors from overseas who come here to further their own professional development and make a valuable contribution to the NHS .

A doctor and a patient,Taking a blood pressure reading.The following pages should provide you with further information on the immigration process and the support offered.

The following advice (from the Department of Health) applies to all doctors who are applying for entry to specialty training programmes for commencement in August 2013.


Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

Please be aware that RLMT does not apply to the following candidates, who are therefore eligible to apply and receive offers in Round 1 and Round 2 if:

They are a UK or EEA national

  • They are a non-UK or non-EEA national and their immigration status allows them to work without restriction in the UK.  For example if they have Tier 1 or dependant status, and no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training.
  • They are already on Tier 2 and will be applying to continue training with the same sponsor.
  • They are applying for a speciality in a shortage occupation (currently only ST4 level trainees in paediatrics in England and ST3-6 in Scotland).
  • They are a non-UK or non-EEA national, they graduated from a UK medical or dental school, they currently have Tier 4 status, which entitles them to work in the Foundation Programme. They will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but they will be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) if they have had continuous immigration status in the UK since you graduated.
  • They are currently on Tier 1 (Post Study Work) and will be switching into Tier 2 in order to take up a post.


They are eligible to apply and receive offers for core and specialty training in Round 2 if:

  • They are already on Tier 2 and will be applying for a different specialty and changing sponsor. They will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT.
  • They are a non-UK or non-EEA national who has limited leave to remain in the UK and do not fall into one of the above categories.  They will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT.  


Applicants who are subject to the RLMT may only be considered if there is no suitable UK or EEA national candidate for the post. As the RLMT will not have been satisfied in Round 1 of the recruitment to specialty training, you should consider applying during Round 2 if the RLMT applies to you.

Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a biometric residence card, date stamped passport, and accompanying letter from the Home Office. Please visit for more information.

Immigration & Visas

If you are not a British citizen or a national of a country in the European Economic Area then you will need a visa before you travel to the United Kingdom.

Member countries of the EEA are:

  • Austria  
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark  
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France 
  • Germany
  • Greece 
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy  
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein  
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands 
  • Norway
  • Poland  
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia  
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK

Not all nationals from the EEA countries listed above have the automatic right to work in the UK .

The permission for an employee to enter and work in the UK is called a visa. To apply for a visa you will need to meet the requirements set out by the Home Office – UK Border Agency who are responsible for controlling migration into the UK .

When applying to the UK Border Agency you will need to show the following:

  •   Meet all the immigration rules
  •   Have acquired enough points, points are awarded for previous qualifications, age, previous or guaranteed earnings, language competence and personal funds.
  •   Have a sponsor (unless applying for Tier 1) who is licensed with the UK Border Agency.

Please note that a certificate of sponsorship does not guarantee leave to enter or remain within the UK

The Tier System

Certificates of Sponsorship.

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