Trained in the EU or EEA

Information for nurses and midwives who trained in an EU or EEA member state

If you trained outside the EEA, but you are a national of an EEA member state, you may be eligible to apply through the EU route of registration. However, to do this, you must have been registered and practising in an EEA member state for at least three years, and be able to provide appropriate evidence. The rules on this are particularly complex and you should contact us before you apply to discuss your situation

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Guidance document for nurse and midwives trained in the EU/EEA 

Application fee for EU trained nurses and midwives

We will charge a £110 application assessment fee if you submit your application pack to us. This is a fixed fee, and has been calculated to cover the administration costs of the application process.

Payment is required upon submission of your completed application pack. We will not be able to assess your application without the application assessment fee. Information about how to pay is included in the pack.

If your application is accepted we will also require a £120 registration fee.

Information for nurses and midwives who trained in an EU or EEA member state 

Before you apply for registration, it is important to read our information booklet for EU applicants [PDF] to understand how your application will be assessed.

When you decide to apply for an application pack you will need to complete our online form. If you need to supply supporting documents, please read our guidance on having documents certified.

Please read our frequently asked questions for more information about the application process.

Assessing your education and training

If your application does not meet the requirements for automatic recognition or acquired rights, we will assess your training programme against the relevant UK educational requirements.

To do this we need a complete transcript of your training, which must show the number of hours of theoretical and clinical study, and number of deliveries if you are a midwife.

If you do not supply this information from your training institution, we cannot assess your qualification and your application may be unsuccessful.

Compensation measures

If you do not meet the requirements for automatic recognition of your qualification, or you have not met the relevant practice requirement for acquired rights provisions, we may require you to undertake a compensation measure before we can register you. This compensation measure may be either a period of adaptation or an aptitude test.

Finding work in the UK

We are a regulatory authority and cannot help you find work. Once you have registered with us, you need to be aware that the employment climate in the UK is competitive and can change. In some areas of nursing and midwifery practice, you may experience a low level of recruitment.

More information

Guidance on certifying your documents
Adaptation programmes for EU nurses
Online form to accompany transcript of training