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Specialty Recruitment 2016: Information for Overseas Nationals


If you are subject to immigration control (including limited leave to remain), you will be required to provide evidence of your immigration status as at the closing date of the post to which you are applying.

If you have limited leave to remain, you will be considered for the post as long as your immigration category allows you to take up a training programme and is valid on the closing date of the post to which you are applying.

The Resident Labour Market Test will be applied if you are in a relevant immigration category which does not allow you to take up a training programme, and you need to “switch” your status to the Tier 2 category.  For further details please visit:

If you need to “switch” your immigration status, you should check the UK Visas and Immigration website to see if you may switch within the UK -

Categories that are not cited in the above guidance will require a “restricted” Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) from the sponsor.  You will be required to return to your home country to make an application out of country.  If you are unsure of the correct route to follow, please gain immigration advice from an authorised advisor/lawyer.  We cannot provide advice regarding leave applications.  Applications requiring RCoS cannot be guaranteed as they are dependent on the monthly allocation panel and there are a limited number of places available.

Non UK / EEA nationals who have graduated from a UK medical or dental school will have an additional exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test when moving from their Foundation Programme (in Tier 4) directly into specialty training (in Tier 2). This is a one off exemption when switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2.   Nationally sponsored trainees (i.e. those sponsored by Health Education England or NHS Education for Scotland) requiring sponsorship for Core training /Higher Specialty Training will be classed as extension applications and will also be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test within their sponsorship area.  Nationally sponsored trainees will need to meet the Resident Labour Market Test when they apply for posts outside of their sponsorship area.

All applicants for specialty training must hold or be eligible to hold full registration with the GMC/GDC.

Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to inform us of any changes to their immigration status during the process.

Information about the main categories of limited leave to remain and eligibility to take up specialty training programmes can be found in the applicant handbook.

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