According to reports Theresa May (British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2016) is on the verge of lifting an immigration cap that prevents doctors & nurses coming to Britain to within the NHS. Doctors wanting to come to the UK from non-EU countries are affected by a limit on the number of “tier 2 visas” given out.

What makes you as a medical practitioner eligible for a “tier 2 visa”?

  • “Tier 2 visas” are given to skilled workers but under government regulations.
  • If you have been offered a skilled job in the UK
  • If you’re from outside the European Economic area & Switzerland.
  • A licensed sponsor should employ you to live in the UK. (the sponsor checks that you are able to carry out the job they are hiring you for & if it qualifies you for a visa.

Applying for a visa can take some time. The earliest you can apply for one is 3 months before you are due to start work in the UK. Timing in this regard might differ from country to country.

Medics from around the world are considering taking their skills abroad, angered by high charges and fees. Immigration rules mean they must pay thousands of pounds a year for a working visa, and £400 a year for them and each member of their family to use the NHS.


Many businesses have complained that it could damage the economy – & warned that there could be “serious long-term consequences for investment and job generation” if the restrictions on work visas were too tight.