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Information for overseas nursing staff and students coming to the UK

This page contains helpful information for those studying or working abroad, but planning to come to the UK.  As the world’s largest nursing trade union and professional body, the RCN is here to support you when you arrive in the UK.

For over 100 years we have been supporting and representing nursing members just like you.

Whether your expertise is within the NHS, the community, care homes or other parts of the independent sector, research, education or training, we are here to support your nursing journey. 

As an RCN member, you’ll be entitled to a wide range of benefits, such as information on working across the UK, career support and networking opportunities.

Discover more below.


View our frequently asked questions and answers for international nursing staff.

Case studies

See how we have recently helped some of our international members.
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International nursing members

There is a separate page for those already in the UK.

What is a trade union?

Find out what the role of trade unions is and why you should join the world's largest trade union for nursing.

Nursing career resources

Learn about effective health career planning.

Diversity and inclusion

Discover how the RCN champions equality, inclusion and human rights issues.

About RCN membership

Be part of our nursing community of close to half a million members.