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Familiarisation training for OSCE nurses with Tier 2 sponsorship

Nurse FB 04UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have made recent changes in the Immigration Rules for overseas nurses with Tier 2 sponsorship who are required to undergo the Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in the UK.

These OSCE nurses will undergo familiarisation training after the completion of their first attempt at OSCE. Although they are able to enter the UK up to 14 days before the OSCE test date, this period is allocated for preparation for the test itself.

The familiarisation training is different from employment but will still relate to the job that the visa was issued for. However, this is a particular training that will enable OSCE nurses with Tier 2 sponsorship to familiarise themselves with the UK nursing procedures, particularly those of the nursing homes they are assigned to.

This does not pertain to the supervised practice that overseas nurses will go through under the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP).

As a Tier 2 sponsor, please remember that the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) you will issue must indicate that the nurse is sponsored as a pre-registration candidate as the nurse will take an OSCE no later than 3 months after the start date on their Certificate Of Sponsorship (RCOS). The COS must also indicate that the familiarisation training at the nursing home will run until the OSCE nurses either receive their PIN #, until their NMC application is closed (in the case that the nurse fails the 2nd attempt) or if they have failed to register with NMC after 8 months, whichever is earlier.

According to the UKVI, starting on April 6, 2015 the Band 3 nurse rate based in the UK Codes of Practice (which is £16,271 per year) will be applicable to OSCE nurses as they complete their familiarisation training. Once they successfully register with NMC and have received their PIN #, the Tier 2 sponsorship must continue and the nurse is now entitled to receive a Registered Nurse rate of pay as indicated on the Certificate of Sponsorship.


Immigration routes for overseas nurses

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Changes on the Immigration rules for Tier 2 workers Indefinite leave to remain application

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Processing direct applications from overseas registered nurses

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If you have received direct applications from overseas registered nurses and have given them due consideration for your vacancies, you must assess if they meet both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration and The Home Office Tier 2 visa application requirements, aside from checking if they meet your hiring requirements. These are the necessary steps to accomplish before you can employ them. Read more →


Updates on the new NMC registration process for overseas nurses

iStock_000010061080SmallAdditional updates regarding the new registration process for overseas registered nurses have been recently released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). These include the new system and important details about the competence tests. The NMC will ensure that they continue to register overseas nurses who are highly competent. However employers will also have to provide continuous training and further development to their nurses to maintain the high level of service needed by the clients. Read more →


Protect your company from illegal working of overseas workers in the UK

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The Home Office conducts inspections at employer locations, with the specific intent of checking that the staff hold valid entry clearance or leave to remain. The frequency will be based on the duration of your employee’s stay in the UK as allowed by their visa. Read more →


Recruiting nurses from the Philippines

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To ensure their departure, it’s important to know and successfully complete the next steps both you and your hired nurses have to take after their working visas have been issued. In this article, we present a simple guide on the processes you need to know. Read more →


Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (UCOS): Important things you need to know

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According to the Home Office, out country workers can only be offered Restricted COS (RCOS). For these workers, you will have to apply for an allocation of RCOS. Workers who don’t fall within this category can be assigned an unrestricted COS (UCOS). Read more →


Advice on Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) service

visa2What is a Restricted COS (RCOS)?
As part of the requirements for overseas nurses’ visa application, nursing homes who would like to employ overseas nurses, should give a restricted COS to the following:

• ONP nurses or nurses with PIN # who are outside of the UK or
• Overseas nurses who are already in the UK but are unable to switch into Tier 2 category from another immigration category. In this case, these nurses need to return to their home country first before they can apply for a Tier 2 visa. Read more →


Current changes on NMC registration for overseas nurses

visa3The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) aims to protect the public and ensure that only professional and utmost care is given to them. With this, they regulate non-European Economic Area (EEA)/European Union (EU) trained registered nurses by requiring them to pass their education and other competency standards before they are eligible to practice nursing in the UK.

To serve the public better and provide a more fitting process for applicants, NMC has recently introduced some changes on the application process of nurses from non-EEA/EU countries who want to be registered with the NMC.

Currently, most applicants need to take the Overseas Nurses Programme (ONP) with 20 days Protected Learning Time (PLT) and a supervised practice in an approved placement setting in the UK. The new process will now include a two part competence test which will replace the ONP, along with an online application. The NMC registration changes will take effect in October 2014. Read more →


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