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UKNARIC & How to Apply

  • June 24, 2019


UKNARIC is a UK agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government.

The agency provides The Statement of Comparability to confirm that your overseas qualifications compare to the UK system by comparing them to qualification framework levels and qualification types.

Why will I need to use UKNARIC?

When it comes to applying for your Tier 2 visa, you will need to evidence your English language skills. This can be done in a variety of ways:

  1. Valid OET certificate - with a Grade B or above in all categories
  2. Valid IELTS Academic UKVI/IELTS Academic – With a score of 4
  3. UKNARIC Certificate – If your primary medical degree was taught in English, you can use UKNARIC as a route to evidencing your English language skills

Please note, you cannot use UKNARIC as a pathway to evidencing your English language skills if your primary medical degree was NOT taught in English.

What is the process?

Step 1: Visit the UKNARIC website:

Step 2: Choose the 'Visas and Nationality Service' option

Step 3: Open an online account and upload the following documentation:

  • A scan of your primary medical certificate
  • A scan of your academic transcripts
  • A scan of a Medium of Instruction letter which confirms that your qualification was taught and assessed completely in English
  • A scan of translations of your documents, if not issued in English originally

Step 4: Make your payment

How much does it cost to use UKNARIC?

Standard Service

£140 (outside of the EU)

24-hour Fast Track Service

+ £174

48-hour Fast Track Service

+ £124 

How long does the standard service take?

Typically, it will take 10 working days for your certificate to be processed.


At the end of the application process, UKNARIC will ask you how you would like your certificate to be sent to you.

The options for international delivery are stated below:

DHL Courier Service


1-6 working days

International Signed For


3-7 working days (trackable)

Standard Airmail


3-7 working days

How long is my UKNARIC Certificate valid for?

The UKNARIC certificate is valid for a lifetime. Therefore, once you have paid and obtained your certificate, you will not need to pay for another one - unless you lose it.

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References (2019). NARIC - VisasAndNationality - Further Information. ] Available at: [Accessed 24 Jun. 2019]. (2019). NARIC - Visas and Nationality. ] Available at: [Accessed 24 Jun. 2019].


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