The application process for Nurses

First you’ll have to check your eligibility to work in England, followed by a language test. If you are eligible, you can apply for a role. 

You’ll be interviewed and employed if your application is successful, and they will support you with your Health and Care Visa application and then move over to England. 


Are you ready to work as a registered nurse in UK? The entire application process could range between 3 to 12 months or longer depending on the role you’ve chosen. 

Here is a list of everything you’ll need to do to start working as a registered nurse. There’s no specific order in which you need to complete each step, but we recommend the following: 

  1. Check you’re eligible to work as a registered nurse in England by starting the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) application process and completing their self-assessment..
  2. Complete your English Language (EL) Test and Computer-Based Test (CBT). You don’t need to do this before you apply for a job, but you’ll need to do it before you move. 
  3. Search and Apply for jobs by choosing your application route, whether it’s via NHS Jobs, the NHS’s recruitment website , or an agency.
  4. Have your interview and receive a job offer if your application is successful. 
  5. Apply for your Health and Care Visa.
  6. Book your flights and find somewhere to stay once you’ve arrived in England (your trust or agency will be able to support you with this). 
  7. Complete your Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) – you’ll need to take your first test within 12 weeks of starting your new job.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) application process and completing their self-assessment

Stage 1


Stage 2


Stage 3


2) CV Presentation

  1. Strictly maintain no more than a 2 page CV
  2. Be clear and concise
  3. Avoid a fancy CV
  4. Use good font size
  5. let it not be crowded (do not try to fit in everything in)
  6. Do not add your picture, age, or any unnecessary details.
  7. put in your Full name, email address, phone number and address.
  8. Do not put contacts of your references, rather write ”Reference available upon request”
  9. Use Bullet points
  10. Use a pdf
  11. Do not send links of your cv to the employer instead upload or email your cv.

3)VISA APPLICATION PROCESS > UK Healthcare Worker Visa

Overviews: https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa

Documents you’ll need to apply

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number – your employer will give you this
  • proof of your knowledge of English (IELTS)
  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • your job title and annual salary
  • your job’s occupation code
  • the name of your employer and their sponsor licence number – this will be on your certificate of sponsorship

Ask your employer for a copy of your certificate of sponsorship if you do not have one.

Other documents you might need

Depending on your circumstances, you might be asked to provide:

You’ll need a blank page in your passport for your visa if you’re:

  • from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein but do not have a biometric passport with a chip in it

If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.

Criminal record certificate

You’ll need to provide a criminal record certificate if you’re applying from outside the UK, unless your job is in one of the following occupation codes:

  • biological scientists and biochemists (2112)
  • physical scientists (2113)


1) NHSNHS Approved Recruiting Agencies

2) Priorygroup

3) NLag

4. Venturanursingjobs

5) St. Georges

6) Irecruitimedical

7) Cromwell Medical Staffing

8) UK Govt Official Job Website

9) MMA Healthcare Recruitment

10) Nouveaucare

11) Superior Healthcare

12) Adevia Health

13) woodchurch House Care Suites

14) A1Care

15) Blissful Healthcare

16) Agincare Careers

17) Barchester Healthcare Careers

18) Silverlake Care

19) Oakleaf Rrecruitment

20) Drakemedox

21) Bupa Dental Care

22) HCPC

23) HC One

24) NUE Professional Healthcare Recruitment

25) UK Meds

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