What does the online GMC Registration application entail?
The GMC requires all Doctors who practise medicine in the UK to be registered with them. Each Doctor has different circumstances and all international Doctors will begin their registration at different stages, however, usually it is towards the end of the relocation process. Registration with the GMC can be time-consuming and worrying, but in this article, we aim to explore each registration step, clearly state the required documentation and what you should expect at the ID check. And hopefully with our guidance the registration process should be a lot simpler to understand!
Guide through the online application
You will then be asked to fill out the ‘GMC Registration Form’ which has eight sections to it:
What documentation do I need to provide to the GMC?
Please note that the above list of documents are just a guideline and each documentation requirement is subjective to each application. However, after you have paid for your registration you will receive a personalised email from the GMC providing a list of required documentation. Furthermore, the GMC will only give you 28 days to upload these documents. If you do not submit the documents within this time your application will be closed and you will be refunded your application fee, meaning you will have to re-start the entire process again.
What is a Certificate of Good Standing?
The GMC requires you to provide details on each medical regulatory body that you have been registered with in the last five years, even if you have not practised in that jurisdiction. These details will be presented as a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from each medical body.
Click here to find out who the medical regulatory body is for each country and their contact details detailed in the GMC CGS Contact Database.
The GMC require that the CGS must confirm the following details:
You should note:
What happens after I have submitted the documents?
After you have uploaded the required documentation to the GMC they will begin to process your application. If you have missing evidence they will contact you asking you to provide it so they can continue to process it. Once they have all the correct information they will then decide on your application. If it is accepted you will then be asked to attend an identification check in the UK.
What happens if my application is not accepted?
This is a very rare occasion. If the GMC cannot process your application it is typically due to administrative reasons, and they will always give you an opportunity to provide this evidence. Examples include but are not limited to:
On the seldom occasion the GMC cannot register your application they will refund your registration fee and you will have to apply again.
Your GMC ID check will have to be done in person at one of their offices in either London or Manchester. You can book your ID check through the same portal used to make your application via ‘My Appointments’.
Although ID checks are often booked after an IMG’s registration has been accepted, we advise you to book your ID check as early as possible. This is because the ID checks are booked up a long way in advance and in fact the GMC do not require you to have all your relevant documentation approved first. In addition, the GMC only offer you three months from the moment your application is successful to complete the ID check and then you will need to apply again.
When you arrive at the ID check you will be expected to have your passport and other forms of ID. The GMC may request other documents; however, this information will be provided once you are invited. Once you have arrived they will take an ID photo and a copy of your signature to keep on record. The ID check usually takes around twenty minutes and once it is completed you will be added to the list of registered medical practitioners and officially GMC registered.
Do I need a Visa to come to the UK for my ID check?
Yes, you will need to apply for a UK Visit Visa. You can apply for your Visa here.
What information do I need to provide on my Visa application?
The application will ask you to provide:
Do I need to provide any supporting documents?
Yes, the application will ask you to provide the following documentation for your application:
If you would like further information on how to apply for a UK Visit Visa or more information on the supporting documentation, such as what to include in your cover letter or travel information – Read our article: The UK Visa Application Process for PLAB 2 (the Visa application process is the same for GMC ID check).
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