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Tier 2 Visas for International GPs: Guidance for Practices

Publication date: September 2019

Practices looking to recruit GPs from overseas will benefit from new guidance to help with the process of obtaining Tier 2 Visas. 

Tier 2 is an immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants who wish to work in the UK. Initially the focus was on doctors from the EEA but has now been widened to include Australia and New Zealand. 

In order to obtain a Tier 2 Visa, 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 by the Home Office to sponsor workers in its business. This licence lasts for 4 years and the organisation is then recognised as a sponsor.

NHS England is offering a package of funding to support any practice who wants to become Tier 2 Visa sponsors. Funding available includes: reimbursement of sponsor licence fee (even if unsuccessful), Certificate of Sponsorship fee, the first two years of Immigration Skills Charge and Visa fees for GP trainee and their family. 

There are a number of resources to help practices with Tier 2 Visa Applications:

Tier 2 Visa Applications: Support Information from NHSE - an overview of the rules, and how to get help from NHS England 

Becoming a Tier 2 Visa Sponsor - PowerPoint slides outlining the process (updated October 2019)

Creating and Assigning Certificates of Sponsorship - PowerPoint slides explaining how to create the required certificates  

NHSE have extended the deadline for Tier 2 visa reimbursements from to 31/03/2020. 

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