When you successfully obtain an NHS post, you will need to apply for a Tier 2 visa to enter the UK and take up your employment.
During your employment, you will be free to leave the UK and visit your home country, adhering to your annual leave AND your Tier 2 visa is still valid.
However, if your employment contract is terminated early or your visa runs out and you leave the UK, a 12-month cooling off period may apply.
The Tier 2 Cooling off period will apply to you if:
There are some scenarios where your Tier 2 Cooling Off period may not apply. Some, but not all of the scenarios are listed below:
Travel tickets, boarding cards, exit or entry stamps on your passport, a letter from your employer overseas stating you started employment with them.
You can leave the NHS to visit your home country or go on holiday as you please as long as you are still employed by your NHS hospital.
However, you should not leave the UK for more than 180 days in any 12-month period as this will impact your indefinite leave to remain application.
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London's Leading UK Immigration & Visa Lawyers | LEXVISA Solicitors. (2019). Understanding the Tier 2 Cooling Off period? | LEXVISA Solicitors. [online] Available at: https://immigrationandvisasolicitors.co.uk/tier-2-cooling-off-period-uk/ [Accessed 15 Aug. 2019].
Johnstone, J. (2019). When Does The Tier 2 Cooling Off Period Apply? - DavidsonMorris - Immigration Solicitors. [online] DavidsonMorris - Immigration Solicitors. Available at: https://www.davidsonmorris.com/tier-2-cooling-off-period/ [Accessed 15 Aug. 2019].