EEA and UK doctors can apply for specialty training if their immigration status entitles them to work in the UK. Non-UK and non-EEA nationals who need a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK and who have limited leave to remain in the UK are subject to the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). They are only considered if there are no UK or EEA nationals who are suitable for the post.
Round 1 and 2 Eligibility
The following international General Practice applicants are eligible for CT1/ST1 recruitment rounds 1 and 2:
- UK or EEA nationals;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with immigration status that allows them to work without restriction in the UK;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with a Tier 2 visa, applying to continue training with the same sponsor and/or the same training number;
- A non-UK or non-EEA national applying for a post in a specialty where there is a shortage;
- A non-UK or non-EEA national who has graduated from a UK medical or dental school who has 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 – with those who have completed their Masters or 1 year of their PhD being exempt from the RLMT.
Specific Eligibility for Round 2
The following international General Practice applicants are eligible for round 2 applications:
- Applicants on a Tier 2 visa, and are either applying to change their sponsor or for a different specialty;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with limited leave to remain in the UK, who do not fall into any other categories; and
- Non-UK and non-EEA nationals without a current UK visa.
All the above applicants will need Tier 2 sponsorship and are subject to the RLMT.