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Doctors from outside of the EU are required by law to be registered to work in the UK and obtain a Licence to Practice if they wish to practice medicine in the UK and exercise various legal privileges associated with the profession (such as writing prescriptions and signing death certificates).
The regulatory body that registers doctors is called the General Medical Council (GMC). There are three types of registration that doctors must have prior to their UK immigration, depending on the role and level of responsibility they will have while working in the UK; Full Registration, Limited Registration and Specialist Registration.
Once the appropriate registration has been achieved, most doctors would apply for UK migration via either the work permit holder or Tier 1 - General skilled visa routes.
The Work Permit would generally be the fastest option for doctors 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.
Have a job offer and want to move and work in the UK as a doctor? Start your application for a work permit today
The Tier 1 - General Skilled Migration visa allows non-EU citizens without a job offer to live and work in the UK. Therefore, registered doctors, dentists and nurses without a job offer should use this UK immigration option. However, before applying, Tier 1 - General Skilled Migration visa hopefuls should seek further information on the other Tier 1 - General skilled visa requirements.
No job offer, but fully qualified, registered and ready for UK immigration? Check your eligibility for a Tier 1 - General Skilled Migration visa
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