Latest UK immigration updates

Language testing under review
The PLAB test is being reviewed and a new proposal for a single national licensing exam for all doctors practising in the UK has been announced by the GMC.
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New rules on English language testing from June
There are new rules for EU doctors about English language testing before they can be granted a license to practice, from 25 June. 
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The English test score for non-EU doctors is increasing from 18 June
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Changes to Tier 2 visas from 6 April 2014
The government has announced that it is changing the rules for Tier 2 visas for some applications made on or after 6 April.
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Sponsorship in Scotland
NHS Education for Scotland have announced changes to Tier 2 sponsorship in Scotland. The BMA believe this will be a real benefit to doctors in training in Scotland.
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Applying for specialty training?
Eligibility to apply for specialty training posts across the UK, could depend on certain immigration rules or status.
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Are you a graduate of a UK university?
Read advice on how the visa rules will affect you as you move from University, into the Foundation Programme and on to Specialty Training.
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Doctors on Tier 2 visas who want to volunteer to work abroad with Ebola victims
The Home Secretary has agreed to a BMA request to make concessions to the Immigration Rules, so that doctors on a Tier 2 visa will not be penalised if they travel abroad to help victims of Ebola.
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Immigration Advice Service

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Contact our Immigration Advice Service and see how we can help you.

Call 020 7383 6133

Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm

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Essential UK immigration guide

Get a useful overview of the UK immigration system.

For the latest updates, always check with the UK Visas and Immigration (formerly the UK Border Agency) for further details.

Guide to UK immigration

Top 5 immigration queries

Get the answers to our top 5 immigration queries:

1 - Switch from a Tier 4 to Tier 2 visa
2 - Tier 4 extensions
3 - Tier 2 cooling off period
4 - Family migration
5 - Tier 2 settlement

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Are you new to the UK?

This guide provides a basic introduction to how things work in the UK, for all doctors who are new to the UK.

Guide for doctors new to UK