Immigration requirements for non-EEA nurses and midwives

If you trained outside the EU/EEA

We have been working closely with UK Immigration and Visas (formally the UK Border Agency) to make sure that there are appropriate provisions for applicants taking the test of competence: part two – the objective structure clinical examination (OSCE).

  • For those sponsored by an employer, it is expected that the sponsorship will formally start from the date of the scheduled OSCE, with arrival permitted up to 14 days ahead of that date. The sponsor may choose to continue to offer sponsorship in cases where the individual needs to re-sit the OSCE.
  • For those without sponsorship who wish to travel to the UK to take the examination, a visitor visa provision is being put in place. This will allow nurses and midwives to enter the UK on a six-month visitor visa specifically to take the OSCE.

Find out more about visas and immigration on the UK government website.