Medical and healthcare professionals will no longer need to meet separate English language requirements when applying for their Tier 2 Visa (General), when they have already met them as part of registering with a relevant regulatory body.
It also means that international students who have completed their training in the UK will not need further English language testing to remain and work on a Tier 2 visa (General).
This means that these healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and midwives, are to be exempt from the English language requirement for their visa application where they have used their successful OET (Occupational English Test) results for professional registration.
The test was recognised by the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council almost two years ago.
Reduced English language testing for UK Tier 2 Visa means staff can be hired quicker
The Home Office announced on gov.uk: “The Home Office has streamline English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, do not have to sit another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa.
“The change will make sure that hospitals and medical practices across the country will be able to access the staff they need more quickly.”
The change will apply to all Tier 2 (General) visa applications submitted on or after 1st October 2019.
Sujata Stead, CEO of Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, said: “We are absolutely delighted that healthcare professionals can now take OET for both visa and registration purposes. This will enormously reduce the burden on overseas trained professional seeking to work in the UK.
“I congratulate the government on taking this step and we look forward to working further with the NHS and healthcare recruiters to fulfil their staffing requirements with overseas trained healthcare professional who have the communication skills to deliver safe and effective care,”
OET is an English language test that is designed specifically for healthcare professionals.
Established in the late 1980s under contract to the Australian Federal Government, OET are now majority owned by Cambridge Assessment English.
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