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How to get GMC Sponsorship (via the MTI Scheme)

  • October 26, 2018

International doctors are able to receive GMC Sponsorship via the MTI Scheme. The purpose of the MTI Scheme is to allow IMGs from developing nations to experience two-years of high-quality postgraduate training within the NHS before returning back to their home country to improve the healthcare system there.

If your MTI Scheme application is successful you will be given Royal College sponsorship for GMC Registration and you will be recommended for a Tier 5.

Step 1: Am I eligible for GMC Sponsorship?

To be eligible for the MTI Scheme and for GMC Sponsorship, you must meet the below requirements:

  1. You must be living outside of the UK at the time of your application
  2. You must evidence your English language skills via either:
  1. IELTS – You must obtain a minimum score of 7.0 in each category and an overall score no less than 7.5
  2. OET – You must obtain a minimum of Grade B in each category
  1. You must hold a GMC approved primary medical qualification that is verified by ECFMG
  2. You must demonstrate an intention to return home after the two-year maximum training period and evidence how the skills and knowledge you learn in the UK will benefit your patients and colleagues at home.

Please note, that some Royal College’s will require you to have a certain amount of experience within the specialty, so check their requirements online.

Step 2: Apply for a Training Post  

After you have been accepted onto the MTI Scheme by your Royal College, you will be eligible to apply for a suitable job. You can either apply via:

  1. NHS Jobs or
  2. The Royal College’s list of approved posts

Any post with sufficient and achievable training can, in theory, be converted to a post for the MTI Scheme. These posts will be advertised as a clinical fellowship or a Trust-grade post.

However, it is important to note that these posts are often difficult to find because the Royal College need the job to match specific training requirements.

Step 3: Application for GMC Sponsorship

After you have been offered an NHS post, the Royal College will give both you and the hospital an application pack. The application pack will consist of important documents you will need to fill out and certificates you will need to provide a copy of.

The hospital will need to do the same.

Step 4: Review

After the documents have been reviewed by the Royal College they will ensure that both you and the hospital post are suitable for MTI Sponsorship.

Step 5: Offer Letter

If you are successful in the above process, the Royal College will issue you an offer letter, stating your GMC sponsorship and a recommendation for a Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship.

Step 6: Apply for GMC Registration

After you have received your offer letter from the Royal College, you can now begin applying for your GMC Registration.

The GMC will require:

  • A Certificate of Sponsorship from the Royal College
  • Other key documents which were required for your application pack  

If your application is successful, you will be offered provisional GMC Registration without a licence to practice. It is only once you attend your ID check that you will be issued with full GMC Registration with a licence to practice.

Step 7: Apply for your Tier 5 Visa CoS

You must be offered provisional registration before the Royal College can apply for a CoS on your behalf.

After the UK Government have issued you your CoS you can then apply for your Tier 5 visa.  

Step 8: Apply for your Tier 5 visa

After you have got your Tier 5 visa, you can fly over to the UK, attend your GMC ID check and obtain full GMC Registration with a licence to practice and then take up your new training post.

For further information on the advantages and disadvantages of the MTI Scheme, please click here.

And if you have any further questions, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to guide you.

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