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NMC registration requirements for overseas qualified nurses

NMC registration requirements for overseas qualified nurses heading

In order to work as a nurse or midwife in the UK you must apply to join the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC requires applicants who trained outside the UK to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - New English language testing options for overseas nurses

In November 2017, the NMC made changes to the way in which overseas nurses could prove their knowledge of the English language. The NMC will now accept three pieces of evidence:

  1. A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification that was taught and examined in English.
  2. Registration and practice for at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.
  3. Achieving the required score in one of two NMC approved English Language tests: the IELTS exam or the ‚ÄčOccupational English Test (OET).

For more information see the NMC's information on English language requirements

If you trained within the EU or EEA

Read more about the requirements for joining the NMC register if you trained within the EU or EEA

If you trained outside the EU or EEA

Read more about the requirements for joining the NMC register if you trained outside the EU or EEA

Information and resources

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Further support for RCN members

If your immigration status will be affected by any of your test results, you can access the RCN's Immigration Advice Service.

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