You may have questions about how the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) will affect EEA and Swiss professionals currently on our register and those who may wish to work here in the future.

We have been working closely with the UK Government to minimise any disruption to the UK workforce after we leave the EU.

If you are already on our register,  or if you applied to join our register before EU-Exit day, then your registration or your application will not be affected when the UK leaves the EU.

Read more below on the impact of leaving the EU with or without a transition deal.

What a transition deal will mean 

If the UK and the EU agree a deal, we would enter into a transition period until December 2020.

During this period there would be no change to the way that we register nurses, midwives and nursing associates from the EEA and Switzerland.

What a no-deal will mean for EU nationals

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EU,  EEA and Swiss qualified nurses, midwives and nursing associates will continue to be able to apply for registration with the NMC. 

All nurses responsible for general care (adult nurses) and midwives who have a qualification that meets the EU minimum training requirements, and that is listed in Annexe V of Directive 2005/36/EC on EU-Exit day, will benefit from new legal powers meaning we can recognise their qualification as meeting our standards for a period of two years.

All other EU applicants will be required to apply for registration through our overseas registration routes. 

Read more information on this process for nurses and midwives
Read more information on this process for nursing associates.

What a no-deal will mean for EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals

If you are a national of  Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein the Government has come to an agreement on citizens rights in the event of a no deal. Further information on the GOV.UK website.

If you are a Swiss national the Government has come to an agreement with the Swiss Confederation on citizens rights and the free movement of persons. Read more about the agreement.

Applying for settled status in the UK

If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

This will mean you can continue living, working and accessing public services (such as healthcare and benefits) in the UK after 31 December 2020.

You will not need to apply if you’re an Irish citizen or if you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Find out more about applying for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme on the Home Office’s Visa and Immigration website.

Impact of Brexit on UK-trained nurses, midwives and nursing associates 

If you are a UK-trained nurse, midwife or nursing associate and your qualification has already been recognised in the EU before EU-Exit day, your qualification will continue to be recognised in that country.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the way that the qualifications of UK trained nurses, midwives and nursing associates are recognised in the EU will remain unchanged throughout the transition period, until December 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the European Commission has indicated that UK nationals seeking recognition of their qualification in the EU will be assessed for recognition under the individual country's law and policy. We recommend that you contact the regulator in the country you wish to practice in for further information.