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Applying for a Visa

If you have trained outside of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), and have been offered a nursing job in the UK, you can apply for a tier 2 (general) visa.

Eligibility criteria

You will need to supply the following evidence as part of your application:

  • A valid certificate of sponsorship for your new role which shows how much you will be paid

  • Proof of your English language skills

  • Your travel history over the last five years

  • Proof of your personal savings (you will need at least £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply, plus £630 for each family member)

  • Your tuberculosis test results (if you are from a listed country)

  • A criminal record certificate (from any country in which you have lived for more than a year over the last ten years.


The NHS Trust will provide sponsorship for you to live in the UK. They will give you a certificate of sponsorship reference number which you can add to your visa application. 

How long does the process take?

You can apply for a visa up to three months before the date you start your new nursing role in the UK. It can take the authorities around three weeks to decide on your visa application. 

How much does the visa cost?

The cost will depend on your particular situation. For example, it will take account of your country of origin, the length of time you plan to stay in the UK and how you are applying.

  • If you are an overseas nurse applying for a three year visa, it will cost you £446. If you are applying for any dependants (partner or children) it will cost you £446 for each additional person.

  • If you are an overseas nurse applying for a visa for more than three years, it will cost you £892. You will need to pay £892 for any dependants you are applying for.

You will also need to pay for a healthcare surcharge of £200 per year for each family member who will be relocating to the UK. Click here for more information about the costs. 

Register with Medacs Healthcare today for more information:

Relevant Links

  • Nurses Outside of the EU/EEA
  • NMC Registration Process
  • Do You Have Right of Abode?
  • Nurses Who Have Relocated to the UK
  • Language Tests


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