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One English language test for your GMC and Tier 2 visa

  • September 12, 2019

Previously, as an international doctor relocating to the UK, you would have needed to evidence your English language skills at two stages of the relocation process.

The first stage was for your GMC Registration. The GMC accepts the following English language tests:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Academic UKVI
  • OET

The second stage you would need to evidence your English language skills was for your Tier 2 Visa. The Home Office accepted the following:

  • UKNARIC Certificate

However, from the 1st October 2019, you will no longer need to sit a separate test for your Tier 2 visa or obtain a UKNARIC certificate – you can use your OET or IELTS Academic certificate.

OET was accepted by the GMC nearly two years ago so, it is an absolute delight for doctors to now be able to sit one single test for both their GMC Registration and their Tier 2 visa application.

The Home Office has announced: “The Home Office has also streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, do not have to sit another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa. This change will make sure that hospitals and medical practices across the country will be able to access the staff they need more quickly.” 

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Dongaonkar, K., Coleman, M. and Coleman, M. (2019). Only one test now required for both registration and visa purposes | OET. [online] OET - Occupational English Test. Available at: [Accessed 12 Sep. 2019].

GOV.UK. (2019). Expansion of the shortage of occupation list. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 Sep. 2019].


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