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 on Monday 28 January 2019 and for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.

Learn about the changes