Since the start of 2018 we’ve been working with our partners to review and improve the way we assess professionals with qualifications from outside the EU when they want to come and work in the UK as nurses, midwives and nursing associates.
Our process needs to ensure that the professionals coming onto our register can meet our high standards, but we know that it can be long, costly and complicated.
We've made a number of improvements over the last year, such as reducing the cost of our test of competence and changing our English language requirements.
Building on these changes, we've developed a new, streamlined overseas registration process.
We launched this for nursing associates in January 2019 and we're introducing it for nurses and midwives at the end of September 2019.
Why we're carrying out a review
We want to enable those who meet our requirements to join our register as efficiently as possible.
Unnecessary delay in registration means that applicants can’t practise their chosen profession and this could put them at risk of losing work or, sometimes, having to return home.
We're making our application process simpler and quicker for candidates by improving our guidance and automating as much of the process as possible.