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Posted on September 28 2019

No extra English test for doctors and nurses to work in the UK

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023
Doctors and Nurses do not need to appear for any extra IELTS or TOEFL English Tests to work in the UK anymore.  Before they can start working in the UK, nurses, midwives and doctors need to clear the licensing process. The licensing process also involves appearing for an English language test. However, when applying for the Tier 2 (General) Visa, they need to appear for a separate IELTS or TOEFL exam. That would no longer be necessary as per a new announcement by the UK Home Office.  There are two prominent healthcare boards in the US: 
  • The General Medical Council 
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council 
To clear the licensing process through both these boards, applicants need to appear for the OET (Occupational English Test). This test will now be sufficient for not only the licensing process but also the visa application process. Doctors and Nurses will not need to take any extra English test to work in the UK.  The Occupational English Test assesses the English proficiency of medical professionals who want to work in an English-speaking country.  The UK Home Office wants to streamline English proficiency testing. The new rule will ensure that medicos who have already appeared for one English test do not need to appear for a separate one. This will exempt them from a separate English test for their Tier 2 (General) Visa application. The OET results can be used for the visa application process too.  Y-Axis offers a wide range of visa and immigration services as well as products to the aspiring overseas immigrants including Australia Visitor Visa, Canada Evaluation With Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, and Canada Express Entry.  If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to the UK, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.  If you found this blog engaging, you may also like… 

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