UK Work Permit
Doctors from Non-EU countries will require a work permit to work in the UK and Northern Ireland. Doctors are categorised as highly skilled professionals and for this reason the work permit process is far easier. ??Doctors from Non-EU countries wishing to work in the UK and Northern Ireland should apply for a Tier 1 Visa. Information on obtaining a Tier 1 Visa can be retrieved from the following link.
To apply for a UK work visa please click on the link below and follow the instructions. This is UK Border Agency's official online application facility.
Points Based Calculator
To find out if you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom simply click on the link below for the UK Home Office points based calculator. The points based calculator should take about ten minutes to complete, and your points for each section will show at the top of the page. Your session will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. ??The results of this tool show your possible points score should you want to apply, and do not guarantee a successful application. A decision is made upon receipt your full application and supporting evidence.
Guidance notes for points based system Tier 1
Guidance notes for points based system Tier 1 can be found at:
This guidance is for applicants who are resident outside the United Kingdom. It explains what to do if you are a highly skilled person wishing to seek work or self-employment in the United Kingdom (UK) under Tier 1 (General) Migrant of the Points Based System (as a doctor this is the appropriate Tier to apply under).After you have calculated whether or not you are eligible to apply for a UK work visa, please complete the online application form and book an appointment to visit one the UK Embassy's Visa Application Centres for an interview. The visa appointment date is usually 2-3 weeks after completion of the online application form.
What do I need to make my application?
a. Your passport or travel document
b. The application form with all mandatory sections completed
c. The fee as published on the Border Agency website. This cannot be refunded and you must pay in local currency.
Your biometric details
A recent passport sized photograph (please note that photographs should measure 45mm x 35mm and be:
In colour taken against a white background;
Clear and of good quality and not framed or backed;
Printed on normal photographic paper;
Full face and without sunglasses, hat or head covering (unless it is worn for cultural or religious reasons but the face must not be covered) (If the application is successful, the photographs provided will be reproduced on the visa vignette).
All documents as specified in the Tier 1 (General) Guidance. If you do not submit relevant documents, your application is likely to be refused, as the Border Agency will be unable to award the relevant points.
You must be able to demonstrate that you have funds to support yourself and any dependants. For the main applicant this is 2,800 with a further 1,600 needed for each dependant accompanying you or planning to join you within 12 months of your arrival in the UK.
These amounts must be held in your personal bank account for a minimum period of 3 months, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence immediately preceding and dated no more than 1 month prior to the date you submit your application. The balance should not fall below the required minimum at any time during the 3-month period.