EEA/UK doctors can apply for specialty training if their immigration status entitles them to train as a UK doctor. Non-UK and non-EEA nationals who need a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK, and who have limited leave to remain, are subject to the Resident Labour Market Test, or RLMT. They are only considered if there are no UK or EEA nationals who have CT1 and ST1 eligibility.
Applicants with CT1 and ST1 Eligibility
The following applicants are eligible for Round 1 and 2 of both CT1 and ST1 recruitment:
- UK residents, or EEA nationals;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with immigration status allowing them to work without restriction in the UK;
- Candidates with a Tier 2 visa, applying to continue training with the same sponsor and/or the same training number;
- Those applying for a post in a speciality where there is a shortage;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals who have graduated from a UK medical or dental school, and who have Tier 4 status to work in the foundation programme – these applicants need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but are not subject to the RLMT if they have had continuous immigration status in the UK after graduating; and
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with Tier 4 status to complete a Masters or PhD course; if they have completed their Masters or one year of their PhD, they are not subject to the RLMT.
The following applicants are eligible for Round 2 applications:
- Those already on a Tier 2 and applying to either change their sponsor, or for a different specialty – these candidates will need Tier 2 sponsorship, and are subject to the RLMT;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with limited leave to remain in the UK, who do not fall into any of the categories specified above – these candidates will need Tier 2 sponsorship, and are also subject to the RLMT; and
- Non-UK and non-EEA nationals without a current UK visa – these candidates need to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship, and are also subject to the RLMT.