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Overseas Nurses NMC Registration

Relocate to the UK with a trusted recruitment agency for nurses
We understand that moving to the UK to progress your nursing career is a life changing experience, and can be stressful, but it also offers an enormous amount of potential for you and your family. And we’re here to make it your move as easy as possible! We work with recruitment agencies throughout the world to help you along your journey. All agencies we work with are fully vetted and compliant with our strict UK procedures. To make the whole process easier for you, as a nurse, we hold interviews both via Skype and face to face, through our agency network.


We also provide:

Information to help you decide
We provide a full information pack on both the client you are applying for, and the location in which they are based, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice. We know how important it is to be sure that you and your family will be happy and settled in the location you’re moving to.
A close knit community and support network
We host an active community on social media where we keep you updated on roles, news and offer tips and guidance.
Here you can also speak to other nurses coming to work in your hospital, or into other hospitals in the UK, through Zenj HSC Recruitment, so that you can share your experiences with others who know exactly what you’re going through.
Training to make sure you excel
We not only provide a guidance program to assist you with your IELTS, CBT & OSCE*, we also provide application support and interview preparation to help you succeed and to get rid of those nerves! .

*View the full process diagram for explanations of these.
Settling in and reducing your admin burden
We provide guidance with your NMC application, Visa application support and help with getting your National Insurance number. .
We will also arrange your flights, transfers and accommodation! And, don’t worry, we’ll even meet you at the airport when you land in the UK. .
You don’t pay anything for the process!
Zenj HSC Recruitment feels strongly that recruitment agencies should never charge fees to candidates. That’s why we only work with agencies abroad that adhere to this policy. Nor will Zenj HSC Recruitment charge you any fee.
As part of the process there are two items that you will need to fund yourselves, which are to pay for the IELTS UKVI test £249 & NMC initial registration £140. These payments only come at the relevant part of the process, not upfront, and are paid directly to the relevant body. Never to us.
Not only do you not pay for the process, but your relocation is even paid for on your behalf! This includes your flight to the UK as well as your first months accommodation! Our clients will be paying and supporting the rest of the process, demonstrating their commitment to you and your career through this investment.
With our levels of experience and unrivalled support offered, it really could not be simpler to relocate to the UK, making Zenj HSC Recruitment the natural choice for your nursing career.



How to register with the NMC if you’re a nurse wishing to work in the UKs
NMC Registration – Inside EU/EEA
NMC Registration – Outside EU/EEA
Countries exempt from taking the IELTS/OET test
English Language Testing for Nurses

NMC Registration – guidance and forms (Inside EU/EEA)
Registering with the NMC is effectively your passport to working as a nurse in the UK. So in this section, we’ll give you:
• A third-party NMC application form, which allows us to act on your behalf (this is very important)
• Advice on how each stage of the application process works
• Advice on completing each stage of the application process correctly
• Instructions on completing your NMC application form
• Guidance on sending the correct documents with your application
• How to certify documents and translations
The whole process can seem complicated, but if you follow our step-by-step advice you’ll complete it without any hassle.
To get started, you need to request an application form for NMC registration at www.nmc.org.uk/eu-request Once you have applied, in 5-10 days you will receive your NMC pack for registration by post; this will include your Personal Reference Number (PRN) which you’ll need in all future correspondence with the NMC.
We would need you to fill out the third-party application form which we will send you, in order to support you through the NMC process. It won’t take long, but please fill it out carefully.

NMC Registration – guidance and forms (Outside EU/EEA)
Registering with the NMC is effectively your passport to working as a nurse in the UK. So in this section, we’ll give you:
• A third-party NMC application form, which allows us to act on your behalf (this is very important)
• Advice on how each stage of the application process works
• Advice on completing each stage of the application process correctly
• Instructions on completing your NMC application form
• Guidance on sending the correct documents with your application
• How to certify documents and translations
To get started, you need to ensure you meet the NMC approved English requirements. Once confirmed, you need to https://ireg.nmc-uk.org/
There are four stages to registering with NMC, which we can help you with along the way, these are:
• Application for nursing/midwifery
• Part 1 test of competence (CBT)
• Part 2 test of competence (OSCE)
• Admission onto our register
Points one and two are to be completed within your home country, but points three and four can only be completed once you are in the UK. The whole process can seem complicated, but if you follow our step-by-step advice you’ll complete it without any hassle, alternatively, you can give us a call at any time.
Top Tip: Wherever a signature is required please ensure they match

Follow our step-by-step guide to completing the process
How the application process works Your application form must be completed in English, and you must send the original copy (not a photocopy). Your supporting documents must be photocopies – but they’ll need to be certified by an authorised party. Also, any supporting documents that are not in English will need to be sent with a translation too.
We’ll provide detailed instructions on completing your application form and supporting documents later in this section. But it’s worth noting that if your application is not completed within 6 months of the NMC sending you the form, you’ll have to start it again.
Once you’ve completed the form and sent your documents, here’s how the process will work:
Step 1:
English Language Requirement
If you were trained in a country that is not classed as a native English-speaking country, you’ll need to either pass the IELTS, with an overall score of at least 7, or the Occupational English Test (OET).
Step 2:
Part 1 test of competence (CBT)
The test of competence (CBT) is based on standards for adult (general) nursing, children’s nursing, learning disabilities nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery. They cover professional values, communication, nursing decision-making and leadership.
Once you have passed the eligibility assessment, you will be asked to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer-based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. You will need to https://home.pearsonvue.com/nmc,the test provider, to book and pay for the test.
The assessment
You will need to provide the following evidence in order for the NMC to complete an assessment:
• a valid passport – this same document must also be presented at the OSCE test centre
• birth certificate
• a qualification certificate for each qualification being submitted as part of the application
• registration certificates from each jurisdiction where you have practised and/or been registered – if your country operates
state registration, you will need to have registered in each state where you have practised
• Two employment references confirming you have at least 12 months post-registration practice, your competence and character
• Verifications from all jurisdictions where you have practised or where you have been previously registered
• Transcript of training for all relevant nursing or midwifery programmes completed by yourself. These must be calculated in hours or be accompanied by a letter from the training institution with a key to how the credits translate to hours
• A good health declaration from your general practitioner or the occupational health department at your place of work
• For every overseas country in which you have lived for more than three months, you will need to provide a police clearance certificate. If you have lived in the UK for more than three months, you will need to provide the NMC with a standard level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
Once the NMC have completed your assessment and have confirmed you have met the minimum requirements to progress onto part 2 test of competence, you will be issued with an NMC decision letter.

Step 3:
Part 2 test of competence (OSCE)
The second part of the test is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This can only be taken once in the UK at any of the NMC approved university test centres. The test involves acting out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and you will visit all the stations within a set time.
Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which you are assessed. You will be assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.
Step 4:
Admission onto the NMC register
Once you have successfully passed part 2 test of competence (OSCE), and have paid your registration fee you will receive your NMC pin in the post.
2. Instructions on completing your NMC application form
Below are detailed guidelines for completing every section on your form, but here are some general points:
• The form must be completed using capital letters and black ink
• Your candidate ID number must be stated on the form
• All signatures must be identical across the application form, otherwise, it will be rejected by the NMC, delaying the process
Section 1: Proof of Identification
• Passport – will need to have at least one-year validity remaining.
• Birth Certificate – all the details on the birth certificate must be clearly discernible. If not, you will need to get an official transcription of the records archived on the birth register at the time of your birth.
• CV showing your full employment history from your nursing qualification until now. Any gaps you have in your CV will have to be explained on the CV. Your CV will need to be checked by one of our consultants before being approved. You will be given further instructions when the CV has been reviewed.
All these documents will be uploaded to your online application.
Section 2: Professional Education and training
• Qualification Certificate – this must be uploaded on your online portal.
• NMC Form to Accompany Transcript of Training – this is completed by your university and must be couriered to the NMC. Your university should attach your TOR and you RLE to the form which must have your theoretical and clinical studies in clock hours separately.
• Any other qualification you include in addition to your nursing qualification will result in new FATTs’ being generated which will need to be submitted to the NMC.
Section 3: Post-qualification Registration
• Registration Certificate –Registration Authority Certificate for every country you have worked in as a nurse. This must be uploaded on your online application.
• NMC Registration Authority Verification – This is to be completed by the Registration Authority nominated on the online application and must be couriered to the NMC. This must be submitted to the NMC within 3 months of the date on the form.
• Police check/ Interpol Certificate – This must be uploaded & submitted within 3 months of the issue date.
• Any practice that is unregistered will have to be evidenced on your online application and with the completion of the Registration Restrictions Verification Form – If you have unregistered practice please inform your Zenj HSC Recruitment consultant so you can be advised correctly.
Section 4: Work Experience
Both referees must have supervised your work for a minimum of 12 months to meet the threshold of experience required by the NMC. These referees must clearly be in a senior position to you. All your references can be provided by the same employer if you have worked in one institution alone.
• Reference Form 1 – current employer
• Reference Form 2 – former employer
Good Character and Good Health
• Declaration of Good Health- this is completed by a physician who will determine that you are in good health to work. This must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date.
3. How to certify documents
The document copies you send will need to be certified, as will their translations. This means that someone in a position of authority must confirm that they have seen the original documents.
An appropriate person would be:
• A legal practitioner (solicitor, lawyer)
• A public notary
• The competent nursing/midwifery/regulatory authority in your country of training
• An official who is authorised to certify documents from an embassy or consulate
• A police officer
• A justice of the peace
• The office of mayor (when authorised to do so)
• A member of the UK or Scottish parliaments or a member of the Welsh or Northern Ireland assemblies.
In addition, the NMC accept certification of the following identification documents from the UK Post Office identity checking service:
• Passport
• Birth or marriage certificates
The person of authority must sign, state their position, stamp and date the certified copy.
To be clear, all certified documents must be a photocopy of the original document, not a fax or a copy of a photocopy.
How to certify translations
All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation, including the use of the English alphabet.
Translations must be from a legally licensed and authorised translator, and the translator must confirm in writing that the translation is an exact and direct translation from the original language into English.
The translator’s full name, address, signature and contact details must be provided.
NB: Wherever a signature is required please ensure they match
NMC: IELTS and OET
The NMC have announced the acceptance of an alternative English language test to IELTS being, Occupational English Test (OET). This alternative exam (in four sections) is entirely relevant to ‘’nursing’’, however please be aware that OET is NOT accepted for Immigration. You can find more details below.
To be sponsored to work in the UK you need to achieve EITHER:
• IELTS score of 7 across all sections + CBT
• IELTS score of 4 across all sections + OET-B + CBT
English requirements both for Immigration and NMC
STEP 1- Immigration
You can prove your knowledge of English for immigration by either:
• Passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening (IELTS level 4 or above in all sections), see here
• Having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD. For more information see here
See guidance for immigration here
STEP 2 – NMC
You can meet the NMC English level requirements by either passing:
• English Language Test System (IELTS) – score of 7 across all sections (this will also meet the Immigration requirements), for more information see here
• Occupational English Test (OET) – score of B across all sections (this cannot be used for immigration), for more information see here .
See this guidance for NMC requirements. STEP 3 – NMC – Test of Competence part 1 (CBT)
When your English requirements have been met, next you register with the NMC and complete an eligibility assessment which is a self-assessment declaring that you meet all the requirements to join the NMC register.
• Once you have passed the eligibility assessment you will be able to sit your CBT
• When you have passed your CBT we can then sponsor you to work in the UK
See NCM registration requirements.
Computer Based Test
Once the eligibility assessment is passed, you will be asked to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer-based test (CBT) of theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. Applicants will need to contact Pearson Vue, the test provider, to book and pay for their test.
View here You can also view our CBT study guide here
Once in the UK
Once you have passed your CBT we can start the visa application and arrange a start date with you. When you arrive
in the UK you will be required to book the second part of your assessment. This is a practical examination called an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). This will act out scenarios which nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care.
You can take the OSCE in the following places (speak to us about booking on to a course):
Oxford Brookes University. Note, this University has two locations for the test, Oxford and Swindon. You will not know which location until the test is booked, as it is based on availability. You can find out more information on their website here
. • University of Northampton. You can find out more information here
OSCE Training
Delivered over a 5 day programme and based on the criteria set by the NMC, our course syllabus at Yeovil Hospital, equips candidates with the practical and theoretical knowledge to pass the OSCE.
Led by experienced practitioners the programme covers all core elements set out in part 2 of the NMC test of competence:
• Assessment, Implementation, Planning & Evaluation (AIPE)
• Skills stations
• Communication
• Medicine management
• Basic life support
• Wound care
The course also features a mock assessment to ensure candidates have the opportunity to practice their skills under exam conditions in preparation for their final exam.
Relocation support
From landing your first job to opening a bank account, we’ll provide step-by-step support to ensure you relocate smoothly and successfully.
We understand that relocating to the UK is a big decision. But we’ve helped hundreds of overseas candidates start their careers in the UK, by helping with:
CV writing
We review and edit hundreds of CVs every day, so will help to craft yours to suit the role you’re applying for.
Interview preparation
The registration process can be confusing, but your dedicated consultant will guide you through every step.

NMC registration
The registration process can be confusing, but your dedicated consultant will guide you through every step. Once you are in our recruitment process you will be given access to our interactive how-to guide.
Visa application
Where relevant, we’ll offer guidance on completing every stage of your visa application.
Booking flights to the UK
With so many choices available, we’ll assist you with booking your flight so you get the best deal.
Welcoming you at the airport
A Zenj HSC Recruitment representative can meet you at the airport to help you settle in the UK.
Booking temporary accommodation
We’ll support you in booking temporary accommodation, to give you some time to find something more permanent.
Finding permanent accommodation
The housing market is very competitive in the UK, but we’ll help you to ensure you don’t miss out.
Transport from the airport
We can organise your airport transfer, so you have one less thing to worry about
Supporting you throughout your employment
Our support is ongoing. So once you start your job, we’ll be in regular contact to support you in any way you need.
Setting up a bank account and a national insurance number
Not having a bank account opened could delay your first payment – so we’ll help you to set one up immediately.
Registering with a GP and dentist
We’ll help you get set up with a local doctor or dentist as soon as you arrive.
24/7 relocation support
We will be here for you 24 hours a day. So you don’t need to worry – whatever happens, we’ll have the answer.
Schools and childcare
All children in the UK between the ages of 5 and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. Schools are broken down into primary schools (5-11 year olds), and secondary schools (11-16 year olds). Free education is also available for 16-19 year old, either at secondary schools or sixth form colleges. For younger children, nursery school is available for 3-4 year olds, and many hospitals offer crèches for staff with younger children.
How to apply for a school place