Who needs a Tier 2 Visa and why?
- Training GP’s or GP’s completing their medical training in the UK, (and have lived in the UK for less than 5 years)
- GP’s completing their training in the UK will be sponsored by the deanery, however once training is complete, they will need a new sponsor to provide them with a Tier 2 visa.
- They must have their new sponsor, who will provide them with a Certificate of Sponsorship, in order to apply for their Tier 2 visa.
- Their sponsor will issue a Certificate of Sponsorship which results in the generation of a number that is required as evidence as part of their ‘leave to remain’ application.
How to apply?
The whole application process is done online
An idea of what is expected:
- About your practice; Who you are, your employees (hierarchy)
- Full job details
- Proof of previous applicants (not suitable and why)
- Checks of your regulatory bodies; GMC, etc
- HMRC Registration
- Evidence (4 pieces or more) must be provided
Things to remember when completing your application:
- You will need your credit or debit card for the fees – fees start at £536 for ‘small’ sponsors – a small sponsor has a turnover of less than £10.2 million and less than 50 employees
- There are 4 roles to be nominated to key personnel – 3 must be named on your application but 1 person can do all 3 roles
- The application takes 30 minutes to complete; you will need to follow up with your supporting documents within 5 days
What does a practice need to qualify as a sponsor?
The Home Office provides applications for practices.
What your practice needs to qualify:
- That you have a legitimate vacancy which passes the Resident Labour Market Test (details below)
- You are a reliable and trustworthy organisation
- You provide a safe working environment and offer opportunities to your staff that ensure development and progression
Please note: Prior to applying, it is important that the practice has researched the necessary documents as they will be required at different points of the application, under time constraints.
What is the Resident Labour Market Test?
This is a test that will prove the following, which is required to sponsor a Tier 2 visa:
- That the practice’s position is vacancy is genuine
- That the position has been advertised for 28 days OR
- The position has been advertised in 2 stages, each of which, 1 must have been for at least 7 days, within a minimum of 28 days AND
- Using 2 or more methods/ways; social media, job board, print
- If the salary is below £73,900 p.a. it must be advertised with the job centre
- It is essential that you provide all the specifications of your role
- If you omit any specifications on your advert it could fail the RLM test.
NB: Within 6 months of completing your RLMT you must issue your Certificate of Sponsorship to your candidate.
What costs are involved?
An updated list of costs can be found on the Gov website.
There will be start-up costs, in some cases covered by your sponsor, however this visa will provide you with the right to work in the UK, benefiting many GP’s around the world, wanting to work in the UK.
Is it worth doing?
YES! Especially if your practice is struggling to recruit GP's, due to location or lack of resources in your area!
Here are the benefits:
- As a sponsor you will have exclusive access to GP's who are looking for a sponsor
- It gives you a long-term solution (your GP must stay within your practice whilst working on a Tier 2 Visa, most doctors will then be granted indefinite leave to remain after 5 years of sponsorship)
- To meet the salary threshold your position must require a minimum of a 3-day working pattern (6 sessions a week)
- Your candidate will have studied and lived in the UK previously
- Your sponsorship status will last for 4 years therefore you can proactively plan for vacancies/positions
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