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UK Visit Visa for your GMC ID Check

  • May 13, 2019

After your application for GMC Registration with a licence to practise has been accepted, you will need to attend an ID check in the GMC offices. You can conduct your ID check in either London or Manchester. After your application has been accepted, you have three months to attend your ID check.

Please note, it is an option to coincide your ID check with relocating to the UK and starting your new NHS post.

The process of applying for a UK Visit Visa is broken down into two stages.

  1. The online application
  2. The submission of all required supporting documents at the visa application centre

The Online Application Process

The first part of the application will ask you to provide your personal details such as your name, passport information and national identity. The application will then ask you to provide your travel information and essentially an itinerary, here you will need to include information of when you will arrive in the UK and the date you will leave the UK. Please note, you will need to include a detailed travel itinerary within your cover letter.

Next, you will be asked to provide the main reason for your visit to the UK. Other details that the application will ask you to provide include personal and family information, employment details, how much money you plan on spending in the UK, accommodation details, any previous visa refusals and criminal convictions.

Once you have entered all the required information, you will then be taken to a declaration page. This page asks you to pick an appointment date with a visa application centre. However, do not select a date if you have not uploaded all of the required supported documents.

What supporting documents will I need to provide?

Your personal circumstance will determine what supporting documents you will need to upload. However, it is typically two key documents.

  1. A valid passport
  2. Evidence of your GMC ID check invitation

Other documents that you may need to upload:

  • Cover letter – Details on what to include in your cover letter are provided in the section below
  • Passport – Must be valid
  • Letter of Employment – This letter should be provided by the hospital that you are currently working for confirming your employment
  • Bank Statements – If you will be financially supporting yourself for this trip then you will need to provide your bank statements, typically six months’ worth. However, if another person is supporting you then you will need to provide your own bank statements as well as the bank statements of your financial support
  • Proof of Accommodation in London or Manchester – Depending on where you have booked your ID check for, we advise for you to book accommodation in advance as the price will be lower
  • Primary Medical Qualification/GMC Approved Postgraduate Qualification/PLAB Results

You can apply for your UK Visa here.

What should I include in my Visa Cover Letter?

If you are unsure of how to lay out your cover letter, then you can find an example here.

In the opening paragraph you should provide your name, visa application number, date of birth, passport number and the reason for your application. You can also include details of where you received your primary qualification, your current place of employment and your GMC registration number.

After that, it is a good idea to provide the details of your family members, including your parents’ names and any other names of family members who are a dependent.

In the next paragraph you should give an outline of your academic history and what led you to apply for GMC Registration and essentially your visit to the UK. Here, you can include information about your goal to live in the UK and work for the NHS.

After you have outlined your academic history, you should then state what accommodation you are staying in during your visit, whether it is staying in a hotel, or with a family or a friend – you will need to provide evidence. If you are staying in a hotel, then provide evidence of the hotel booking confirmation or if you are staying with a friend, ask them to write a statement confirming your stay.

You will then need to provide an entire itinerary for your trip to the UK. This includes the date and time you arrive, flight details and what you plan to do in between attending your GMC ID check and the date you leave. If you have a few extra days after you have taken the exam, you will have to provide good reasoning for staying beyond the purpose of the stay.

Lastly, you should provide a numbered list of the supporting documents that you have provided to accompany the letter.

Once you have submitted your Visa application you will then just need to wait! The UK Visa’s and Immigration department declare that the standard service to wait for your Visa to be approved or denied is fifteen days. However, from experience this time can fluctuate.  

Support Relocating to the UK and joining the NHS

If you are an international doctor who needs support securing an NHS post, email your CV to [email protected] and one of our Specialist Advisers will be happy to help you on your journey to the UK.

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