Overseas qualified nurses must be registered to work in the UK. The regulatory body is called the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
- Nurses trained overseas, outside the EU, must register through the NMC’s Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP).
- They must meet the minimum NMC education requirement, English language requirement (academic IELTS of 6.5 or over on each section) and also undergo a 20 day programme of protected learning. Furthermore, where necessary, there may be a period of supervised practice.
- Nurses who have qualifications from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or Canada are generally considered very highly
Post Registration Visa Application
The Work Permit would generally be the fastest option for nurses outside of the EU who already have a job offer to migrate to the UK. For further information, view the UK Visa Bureau work permit pages.
More info: http://www.visabureau.com/uk/nurse-visa.aspx