Information about applying for a visa sponsorship licence is now available on the GP Workforce Scheme Delivery Hub.

This includes the slide pack used by the Home Office for the GP visa sponsorship webinar we hosted in June, along with some questions and answers that were raised at the webinar. Both contain useful information for people who were not able to attend.

Gaining the right to be a UK visa sponsoring practice has many advantages and could form an important part of your general practice workforce planning. One in three newly qualified GPs this year will be international medical graduates and numbers will increase in years to come. These candidates have spent three years training in England as part of the HEE programme and have excellent language skills and knowledge about the NHS.

Act now to become a visa sponsorship practice

If you are recruiting new GPs next year, now is the time to start the process for visa sponsorship applications. The next cohort of ST3s will be ready to start work as GPs in February and this includes international medical graduates, who have spent three years training in England on the HEE programme with excellent language skills and knowledge about the NHS. Most of them will require visas to work in the NHS in England.

Further information about applying for a visa sponsorship licence is available on the GP Workforce Scheme Delivery Hub, including a step-by-step guide, FAQs and guidance on how any GPs you sponsor can apply for reimbursement of their visa fees.

Gaining the right to be a UK visa sponsoring practice has many advantages and could form an important part of your general practice workforce planning.

Useful Resources

If your practice is due to employ any newly qualified GPs this year you may need to consider applying to become a UK visa sponsoring practice. Almost half of GPs completing their training this year are international medical graduates. They have been trained by Health Education England and have spent at least three years working in the NHS. They have excellent English language skills and knowledge of the NHS ways of working, but most of them will need visa sponsorship if they are to continue working in England’s practices after they qualify.

The visa sponsorship process is straightforward and can be completed online. To support practices considering visa sponsorship, we are running an hour-long webinar about the process at 6pm on Monday 23 May which includes first-hand experience of the process from a practice manager.

Information on applying for visa sponsorship now available