International Recruitment Online Newsletter - March 2014

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29 / 04 / 2014

In this issue:

 UKBA now UK Visas and Immigration

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) was created in April 2013 and is now moving towards a new set of service standards, designed to simplify processes and create a new culture of customer satisfaction.

Find out more on the UK Visas and Immigration pages of the GOV.UK website. 

Former UKBA content moving to GOV.UK

With the introduction of the new UK Visas and Immigration service and the Government's decision to bring all services into one place, former UKBA content is migrating to GOV.UK.

This transfer will shortly be complete, with the old UKBA website being archived. Auto directs will be in place to ensure a seamless transition and the Home Office welcomes questions and feedback to

Visa and immigration rule changes from 6 April 2014

The Home Office has issued a Statement of Changes which outline a number of important changes coming into effect from 6 April 2014.

A new category for Tier 2 (general) is being introduced which will allow applicants to apply for leave to remain for five years, opposed to three. There is also an extention to the exemption to advertise via Jobcentre Plus for NHS positions in NHS Jobs until October 2014 to allow for ongoing technical issues to be resolved.

Find out more in the Statement of Changes

New overseas recruitment podcast

Find out how Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has used overseas recruitment to increase their nurse staffing levels.

We spent some time with Peter Absalom, Associate Director of Workforce Resourcing and Matt Richards, Senior Nurse for recruitment and retention to find out more about their workforce needs and why they decided to look outside of the UK labour market.

Listen to the podcast

New Values Based Recruitment mapping tool

The Values Based Recruitment programme will ensure that all new recruits in the NHS are recruited based on their values. Many organisations have worked hard to establish and embed their local values, and it is important when recruiting new staff (locally and internationally), that they understand the values and behaviours expected of them.

NHS Employers ahs developed a quick and easy tool for employers to use to help map your own values to those within the NHS Constitution.

Find out more about Values Based Recruitment and download the tool. 

GMC publishes language consultation report

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a report which details the findings of their consultation on language proficiency. 

Making sure all licensed doctors have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in the UK, follows extensive consultation with stakeholders.

In summary, the collective response showed support for the GMC proposals. This will enable them to:

  • ask european Economic Area doctors for evidence of their English Language proficiency, where they have concerns, prior to granting a licence to practise
  • strengthen their ability to take action in relation to doctors who are already licence, where there are concerns around language proficiency.

Further information including a media statement is available here.  

Employing Romanian and Bulgarian nationals

From 1 January 2014, nationals from Bulgaria and Romania have no longer been required to hold accession worker authorisation (or demonstrate exemption from authorisation) to work in the UK.

Individuals from these countries are now able to work freely in the UK.

Find out more in our Employing EEA nationals section. 

In other news:

  • Revised Immigration FAQ's - Download our revised Immigration FAQ's.
  • Call for case studies - are you recruiting from overseas? Would you like to share your experiences either in a written example or by recording a podcast with us? If so email

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