Tier 2 Doctors

Tier 2 is an immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants who wish to work in the UK. These migrants must be sponsored by an organisation or company that holds a Tier 2 licence. A licence is a permission given to an organisation to sponsor workers in its business. The organisation is known as a sponsor.

Tier 2 GP Trainees are sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), but that sponsorship ends when they complete training and so must find employment with a new sponsoring organisation or must return to their home country. NHS England provides financial support to newly qualified tier 2 GPs to help them remain in the UK.

Government (Home Office) information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general

We have over 60 practices across Greater Manchester with a Tier 2 sponsorship license. These can all be found here so please feel free to contact them directly. You can also check out our Jobs page to find opportunities.

As of 1st October 2019, the Home Office Shortage Occupation List now includes ALL medical practitioners under Standard Occupational Code 2211. This means that GP practices no longer have to undertake the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) for recruiting non-EEA GPs, which speeds up the process considerably for all involved.

Please note that if a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is awarded for a Shortage Occupation role, the minimum number of working hours is 30 hours per week. You can agree a contract of employment which has fewer than 30 hours per week, however in this instance the CoS would need to be issued in conjunction with the Resident Labour Market Test and all the necessary criteria would need to be met prior to an offer being made. The employer would manage the RMLT process, however it is worth being aware of these distinctions.

The Home Office has streamlined English language testing to ensure that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, do not have to sit another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa. Previously, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) would only accept IELTS, so if a non-EEA GP or Nurse passed the OET for the GMC or NMC, they would still have to take a separate IELTS test for immigration purposes. This is no longer necessary.

Tier 2 GP Trainees are sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), but that sponsorship ends when they complete training and so must find employment with a new sponsoring organisation or must return to their home country. NHS England provides financial support to newly qualified Tier 2 GPs to help them remain in the UK. GM has over 60 practices with a sponsorship license which you can view here and we will support you with an introduction/matching service if required, whilst also assisting with any questions you may have. NHS England provides financial support to newly qualified tier 2 GPs to help them remain in the UK.

Please Contact Us to find out more about how we can support you in securing a role with a sponsor after your ST3 year.