International Medical Graduates (IMGs) & Visa Advice

HEE KSS welcomes International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to train in the KSS region. We recognise that the transition of living and working in the UK can be difficult and we are fully committed to supporting IMG doctors across KSS.

Late Starters to the Foundation Programme

Applicants to the Foundation Programme are required to fulfil certain eligibility criteria by the start date of their Foundation training to be able to take up their post. Many of these criteria cannot be checked at the point of application and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they meet the criteria by the proposed start date.

In recent years there have been a number of applicants that have not fulfilled the relevant eligibility criteria in order to start their Foundation Programme on time. The majority of these have either an issue obtaining their visa or have not obtained provisional GMC registration.

Currently deferral is only an option for statutory reasons, meaning Foundation applicants cannot routinely delay the start to their programme.

Applicants who are not ready to start by the first Wednesday in August will be given 20 working days to resolve the issues.  If they are not ready to start by the end of this period, applicants will have their offer of a 2-year Foundation Programme withdrawn.

Information and resource

Support and resources for IMG doctors

Working and training in the NHS – please follow the link for the guide for international medical graduates NHS Guide for IMGs

Tips for international doctors new to the UK who are just starting out in the NHS. Being an International Doctor in the UK

The National Induction programme below has been designed to ensure that all international medical graduates (IMGs) recruited to the NHS are welcomed, valued, and supported as they transition to UK clinical practice. Induction programme for international medical graduates

Useful information for prospective IMG doctors & Right to work/Visas

A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. Detailed information can be found following the link below. UK Government Tier 2 visa advice

The link below provides general information about the right to work in the UK. Individuals who require advice on immigration matters are advised to seek up to date information and support directly from the UK Visas and Immigration team (UKVI). UKFPO right to work/visas

There are different ways to apply for registration with a licence to practise in the UK. It depends on your qualification and experience. This tool will identify the correct application for you and will give you guidance on the steps you need to take. General Medical Council (GMC) routes to registration

The link below describes what you need to know about becoming a doctor in the UK, depending on where you’ve trained, and signposts you to further information. NHS information for overseas doctors

Positions are now available for doctors to work and train in England. A new 12-month programme, combining general practice and psychiatry could help you develop the skills and competences to apply to the specialty training programme upon completion. Widening Access to Specialty Training programme

There are certain conditions that sponsored doctors must adhere to, to ensure visa obligations are met. This includes when OOP. NHSE (formerly HEE) can only sponsor doctors during an OOPT (training) and specific OOPE; for all other OOPs NHSE would need to withdraw sponsorship for the duration of the OOP.

Please see further guidance and information on OOPs here.