New immigration rules published - March 2015

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20 / 3 / 2015 12.31pm

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has published an updated version of the UK immigration rules, which take immediate effect.

What this means for employers and overseas nurse applicants

The immigration rules now allow for an individual nurse to come to the UK to prepare for the observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) that forms part of the NMC overseas nursing registration process.  The new rules allow overseas nurses to be employed as a healthcare assistant or equivalent for a period of up to three months before they sit the OSCE.

If the individual fails the OSCE at their first attempt, they will need to obtain a date to re-sit the test within a maximum of eight months from the start date of their visa. Upon successful completion of the OSCE and awarding of NMC registration, employers need to commit to ongoing employment of the individual as a registered nurse on a minimum salary of £20,500, as required by a general Tier 2 visa.

During the OSCE preparation period, employers are advised to place individual nurses in an interim post with a minimum salary equivalent to a band 3 role.

Please see our international recruitment pages for more information or read the new specifications in Section 79A (page 83-84) of the new rules, available from the Home Office website.

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