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Tier 2 Visa Maintenance Requirement

By Gabrielle Richardson
August 22, 2018

What is maintenance? To qualify for a Tier 2 (General) visa, you are expected to score 10 points for maintenance funds. If you are already in the UK under another UK Government Immigration category, you will automatically get 10 points without having to prove that you can support yourself. However, if you are outside of the UK applying for a Tier 2 visa, you can score 10 maintenance points by evidencing one of the below: A) You have had personal savings or equivalent to £945 in your bank account for three months at the time your application is made OR B) Your sponsor will maintain and accommodate you until the end of your first month of their work in the United Kingdom (when you will be paid). To use this method, you must have a letter from your employer confirming this is the case. What about my dependents? Some doctors who apply for a Tier 2 visa wish to bring their dependent family along with them. A dependent family member is: A wife or civil partner Unmarried partner Children under eighteen years of age at the time of your application If your Tier 2 application is successful, your dependents will be entitled to stay in the UK with you for as long as they do not claim any benefits in the UK. To satisfy the maintenance requirement and score ten points you must show you have £630 in savings for each dependent or that each of your dependents has £630 in savings. Again, the savings must have been in your account for a minimum of three months at the time the application is made. To summarise, you must show that you have £945 for your own maintenance funds and then a further £630 for each dependent you intend to bring. Please note that if your hospital agrees to provide you with maintenance then this will also include your dependents and so there will be no need to evidence their funds. What information do I need to evidence on my bank or building society number? They should clearly show: Your name The account number The date of your statement The financial institution’s name and logo Transactions covering the 90-day period That there are enough funds present in the account You must evidence your most recent statement and it must be dated within 31 days. Please note the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only. What happens if my hospital does not tick the maintenance box? If your hospital has agreed to provide you with maintenance and they have not checked the box on your CoS application – do not worry. This is usually an error and can be fixed by adding an additional note, meaning your Tier 2 visa application will not be affected. If you are an IMG who is interested in relocating to the UK and working within the NHS send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com – and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch with you. Come and join our Facebook group IMG Advisor: where you will receive access to frequent blog posts, the opportunity to ask relocation questions and receive professional advice and to meet other IMGs!

Pakistani Protector Stamp

By Gabrielle Richardson
August 15, 2018

What is a protector stamp? It is mandatory for every Pakistani (with a valid abroad work visa) to get their Passport stamped from Protectorate of Emigrants in order to leave Pakistan. Whilst Pakistani’s travelling abroad for a holiday are exempt from this, it is extremely important to understand that for those relocating to another country for work, without a protected passport, the Pakistani airport personnel will not allow one to board their international flight. What is its purpose? The original purpose of this protection is to receive the appropriate data of the emigrant, cover the emigrant through life insurance, and to eliminate illegal international travel. The process of passport protection is complicated and can last for a whole day, sometimes more. So, this article aims to help IMGs better understand and follow the procedure. Step 1: To apply for your protector stamp you will need the following documents: NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis) – This is the first requirement of the process. NICOP is a computerised card for identification of a single person visiting a country. The card is issued by the National Database and Registration Authority and typically takes 15 days to arrive after you have submitted your application. To apply for a NICOP you can visit your nearest NADRA centre. Please note that only a NICOP receipt is necessary for Protectorate of Emigrants department and the plastic card is not needed to receive your protector stamp. Valid Visa Work Permit – An original visa or photocopy of your valid visa is required Employment Offer/Contract – The original or scanned copy of your NHS Hospital Employment Offer/Contract should be attached to your application. Pakistani Passport Pakistani CNIC (Computerised National Identity Card) Next of Kin Information Medical Report Bank Challan Receipts Life Insurance An Undertaking Form Passport Photograph Step 2: Once you have collated the above documents you can visit your nearest Protectorate of Emigrants office. When you arrive go to the window and show the officer your CNIC, NICOP or its receipt, your passport and the photocopy of your UK visa to the officer. The officer is likely to sign to sign your visa photocopy and then ask you to take it to another window. At the second window, you will be asked to submit the rest of your documents. Step 3: After you have submitted all your forms, you will need to wait for a few hours to get your passport stamped. The office typically asks people to return after 3pm. Notes: If you do not have an original visa, meaning that you only have a photocopy, faxed copy or a scanned copy of your visa, the protector may ask you to write an AFFIDAVIT and get it stamped from a public notary official. You can find a public notary official at any court. Make sure to get photocopies of all your forms and documents. You can photocopy them at the office, but this will be time-consuming. When you collect your stamp, make sure it contains the correct details. Questions and Answers If I am from Pakistan and I am relocating abroad for work, do I need a protector stamp? Yes, you are legally required by the Government of Pakistan to have a protector stamp before you travel. How long will the protectorate stamp remain valid? The stamp will expire with your visa, so look for the validity of your visa to find the expiration date. Do I need a protectorate stamp for my PLAB 2 visa? No, a protector stamp is only necessary for work visas only. If I am not from Pakistan, do I need a protector stamp? Each country will have different emigration rules, so it is important to check this information before you travel. If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch. Come and say hello! Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor. Here you will have access to frequent relocation to the UK blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and to meet other IMGs! References wikiHow. (2018). How to Get Your Passport Stamped from Protectorate of Emigrants in Pakistan. [online] Available at: https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Passport-Stamped-from-Protectorate-of-Emigrants-in-Pakistan [Accessed 15 Aug. 2018].

Applying for a UK visa for PLAB 2

By Gabrielle Richardson
August 09, 2018

The UK Visa Application Process for PLAB 2 After you have passed PLAB 1 you will then need to sit PLAB 2. At this stage you will then need to consider when you want to come to the UK and take the second part of the exam. This is because firstly, you will need to start preparing for the exam numerous weeks in advance. Secondly, you will need to apply for a UK Visiting Visa as soon as you have booked your exam. The application process is essentially broken down into two stages. The first stage is the online application for a UK Visitor Visa. The second stage is the submission of all required supporting documents in a Visa application centre. We advise you that when it comes to uploading the required supporting documents that you upload them all in one sitting. This will save you a lot of time in comparison to uploading them on multiple occasions. The Online Application First, the application will ask you to provide details such as your name, passport information, and national identity. Then it will ask you to provide your travel information and essentially an itinerary. This information should include the date you will arrive in the UK and the date you will leave the UK (A detailed travel itinerary should be provided in your cover letter). You will then be asked to provide the main reason for your visit to the UK. Here, we advise that you choose ‘business, including sports and entertainment’. Once you have answered no to the following options: travelling with an organised group, travelling with a spouse, visiting a company or being paid for a business activity, you will then see your reason: Take the PLAB or OSCE. Other details that the application will ask you to provide include personal and family information, employment details, how much money you plan on spending, accommodation details, any previous Visa refusals, and criminal convictions. Once you have provided all the required information you will then be taken to a declaration page. This page offers you to pick an appointment date with a Visa Application Centre. However, do not select a date if you have not uploaded all the required supported documents. What supporting documents will I need to provide? Your personal circumstance will determine what supporting documents you will need. Nevertheless, every applicant will have to provide two key documents. The first is a valid passport and the second is the evidence of your PLAB 2 booking confirmation. Other documents that typically help your application: 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 supporting yourself financially 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 supporter. Proof of accommodation in Manchester: As your exam is held in Manchester we advise you took book accommodation in this city and if you book in advance the price will be a lot lower. PLAB 1 results: It would be useful to provide the application with a copy of the email which confirms your passing of the PLAB 1 exam. PLAB 2 booking: Another useful document that could be provided is a copy of the booking confirmation that the GMC will send you IELTS results: This will confirm that you are eligible to take PLAB Primary medical qualification: The last document which will greatly support your application is evidence of your primary medical qualification. 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 take PLAB 2 and essentially your Visit to the UK. Here, you could include information about your goal to live and work in the UK. 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 taking the PLAB 2 exam 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. So, in the meantime focus on your PLAB 2 studies and just wait for their message. If you have any questions about applying for your PLAB 2 Visa then get in touch with us at apply@bdiresourcing.com where we will be delighted to help you. Good luck!

IELTS UKVI / UK NARIC

By Gabrielle Richardson
June 07, 2018

IELTS UKVI / UK NARIC There is often a lot of confusion between IELTS Academic, IELTS UKVI and then UKNARIC. So, this article aims to explain the differences between the exams and what is necessary for international doctors to secure both GMC Registration and a UK visa. GMC Registration Requirements - IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI with an average score of 7.5 and 7 in each section OR Grade B's in each section of OET Tier 2 Visa Requirements - IELTS UKVI - Average score of 4.0 or higher Our first piece of advice is to take IELTS Academic for UKVI when possible because of two advantages: It satisfies the GMC’s requirements It satisfies the UK Government Immigration and Visa requirements You should note that IELTS Academic for UKVI is more expensive than IELTS Academic alone, however, this is the best option in the long-run because it saves you from sitting an additional exam when applying for your visa. Furthermore, a limited number of test centres now offer the IELTS Academic for UKVI online. Please click here for more information. What is IELTS? IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. The test measures an individual’s English language capabilities and is the most popular language exam for IMG’s. The exam covers the four key language skills in general English: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Doctors must achieve an overall score of 7.5 (with a score no less than 7.0 in each section of the test). There are two types of IELTS tests: 1) IELTS Academic and 2) IELTS General Training IELTS Academic -£165 This test is for individuals applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment. IELTS General Training -£165 This test is for individuals who are relocating to an English-speaking country for secondary education, work experience or training programs. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. What test should I take? As you are an international doctor who is aiming for GMC Registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK, you should take the IELTS Academic UKVI. This will satisfy the requirements for both the GMC and the UK Government Immigration and Visa. Alternatively, you can take the Occupational English Test (OET - £349) as an alternative test to prove your English language skills. OET is designed to replicate the critical tasks of the healthcare workplace setting and the test measures a doctor’s abilities through the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. The score required is four B’s and the scores must be achieved at the same exam sitting. Although OET will satisfy your GMC registration it will not satisfy your UK visa application. IELTS UKVI - £200 So far, we have established that to satisfy the GMC’s English language requirement and the UK Visa application you must take IELTS Academic UKVI. However, we are aware that some doctors sit the IELTS Academic exam and thus their visa application will then require them to sit IELTS UKVI. What is it? The IELTS UKVI stands for UK Visas and Immigration and is a government-approved degree comparability service. An IELTS UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. Click here to find a list of test centres for IELTS UKVI. As an IMG who wants to become GMC Registered you will have to apply for two visas. The first is a UK visit visa for when you come to the UK to take PLAB 2 (which does not require IELTS UKVI). Second, is the Tier 2 visa for work once you have received GMC registration and obtained a job (requires IELTS UKVI or UKNARIC). If I have already taken IELTS, can I still use my result to apply to UK Visas and Immigration? IELTS Academic will only satisfy the requirements for GMC Registration but IELTS UKVI and IELTS Academic UKVI will satisfy both GMC Registration and your visa application. UKVI requires you to submit results from an IELTS for UKVI test that was completed at an IELTS test centre authorised by UKVI. So, do I have to take IELTS again? Yes. If you have taken IELTS Academic, passed, obtained GMC Registration, secured a job offer and are now applying for your Tier 2 visa – you will be expected to show a pass mark of IELTS UKVI. But don’t worry – you will only need band scores of 4.0 and above. Is there a difference in exam content between IELTS Academic and IELTS UKVI? There are no differences in the test format or questions. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on. The purpose of the test is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specific to UK Visas and Immigration. Alternative to UKVI – UKNARIC – £49.50 + VAT* (£59.40) In addition to IELTS UKVI satisfying the visa application, there is an alternative way to satisfy the English language requirement in your visa application – UKNARIC. UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) is an agency that provides an assessment and then a statement to confirm that an international academic qualification is comparable to a UK degree taught in an English standard. Therefore, if your primary medical qualification had some element of English language taught – whether you had modules taught in English or separately learnt the English language as part of the course – you will be eligible to use UKNARIC’s Statement of Comparability. However, please note that it is possible for the agency to assess your degree and find that it is not comparable to a UK degree. In this instance, you will be given a full refund of payment and you will then be required to sit IELTS UKVI. You should also note that UKNARIC for GMC Registration will not suffice. How do I apply for UKNARIC? You can apply directly here and the NARIC website sites completion time is between 10-15 working days. Documents needed for application: Your contact details and a statement of the purpose of your enquiry (i.e. UKVI) A photocopy or scan of your qualification certificate with final transcripts A photocopy or scan of a certified translation to English of your documents, if the translation is necessary Payment for the service Summary: IELTS Academic –Satisfies GMC Registration requirement IELTS Academic UKVI – Satisfies both GMC Registration& UK Visa requirements IELTS General – Does not satisfy GMC Registration or UK Visa requirements IELTS General UKVI – Satisfies UK Visa requirements If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be happy to help you. And head over to our Facebook Group: IMG Advisor for an online support network of IMG’s who want to relocate to the UK.

Tier 2 Visa Process

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 04, 2018

This article on the Tier 2 Visa Application is broken down into the below four sections to highlight the required documentation and to aid you through the application itself and what to expect after your application is accepted. Documents Required Certificate of Sponsorship Guide through the application itself Biometric Resident Permit After you have accepted your first job in the UK you will need to apply for a Tier 2 Visa. A Tier 2 Visa is now the main immigration route into the UK for skilled workers coming to take up employment in the UK. To apply for this Visa, you must have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). How long does the Visa last for? You can work in the UK with a Tier 2 Visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days, or the time stated on your CoS plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. You can start your stay up to 14 days before the start date on your CoS. When you come to the end of your Visa, you will have to renew it. What documents do I need for my Visa application? Before you begin your online application, you should make sure that you have the below documentation: Certificate of Sponsorship You must have a valid CoS from your employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence. Your UK hospital should request this and if granted assign your CoS via their online Sponsor Management System account. They will then provide you with a certificate number which you must input when submitting your online Visa application. Although the certificate is an electronic record, not a paper document, you can ask your employer to print out the details for the certificate from their system so you can have a physical copy for your personal records. There are two types of CoS: Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship: To employ people based outside the UK who have a job and are planning to work in a UK role paying less than £159, 600. Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship: To employ people switching to a Tier 2 Visa within the UK or are outside of the UK and will be working in a role which pays £159,600 a year or more or will be working in an inward investment post. Please note that there is a monthly allocation meeting for restricted CoS on the 11th of each month and an annual cap of 20,700 split into 12 monthly caps. Therefore, your employer must apply by the 5th of the month to be allocated a restricted CoS by the 11th of the month. Tuberculosis Test Clearance Certificate You will need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and you currently live in any of these listed countries. You will be given a chest x-ray to test for TB and if the result is not clear you may be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs). If your test is clear and shows that you do not have TB you will be given a certificate which is valid for six months from the date of your x-ray. You must include this certificate with your UK Visa application. Please note that you will have to pay a clinic fee for your TB test, and this varies country to country. The fee will cover the consultation, the x-ray and the certificate. The clinic fee is in addition to the cost of your Visa application. Also, the certificate is only valid for 6 months after it has been issued. Police Clearing Certificate The Government require that those applying for a Tier 2 Visa must provide a criminal record certificate if they are working in education, health and social care sectors. The purpose of this requirement is to strengthen safeguards against those with a criminal history who are seeking work in the UK. You and any adult dependents you may have will have to provide a criminal record certificate from any country you have lived in for twelve months or more in the past ten years. It will be your sponsor’s responsibility (the hospital) to inform you of this requirement and failure to do so could result in refusal of the Visa. Proof of English Knowledge You will also be asked to prove your knowledge of English language. This can be done in two ways: Passing an approved English language test OR Having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s or master’s degree or PhD. Please note that only IELTS UKVI can be accepted as proof of English knowledge, and not the IELTS academic test or OET. IELTS academic test and OET will only satisfy your GMC Registration, not your Visa application. Letter of Maintenance (Optional) You can ask your hospital trust in the UK to provide you with a letter of maintenance. This will confirm that they will take care of your expenses and accommodation before you get your first pay. However, often they will mention this in the CoS and so you will not need a separate letter of maintenance from the trust. If your hospital is providing you with maintenance, you must ensure that they are a fully approved A-rated sponsor. Most hospitals are, but it is best to confirm this by checking the approved sponsor list here. If they are approved you will not need to show your bank account details in your Visa application and you can list the hospital accommodation’s address. What if my hospital is not giving me maintenance? If your hospital is not giving you maintenance then you will have to have £945 in your bank account for more than 90 days before your Visa application and you will also have to arrange your own accommodation. Other Documents 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 take PLAB 2 and essentially your Visit to the UK. Here, you could include information about your goal to live and work in the UK. 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 taking the PLAB 2 exam 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. Passport Details GMC Registration Certificate Visa Acceptance The Tier 2 Visa is based on a points-based system. To be eligible for the Visa you must score 70 points, however scoring 70 does not guarantee you will be accepted for the Visa. Shortage Occupation 130 Points Resident Labour Market Test 30 Points Salary of £159, 600 or more 30 Points Appropriate Salary (At least £30, 000) 20 Points English Language 10 Points Maintenance Letter 10 Points Guide to Tier 2 Visa Online Application The online Tier 2 Visa application is very similar to your Visa visit application to come to the UK to take your PLAB 2 exam. First, the application will ask you to provide details such as your name, passport information, and national identity. Then it will ask you to provide your travel information and essentially an itinerary. This information should include the date you will arrive in the UK and the date you will leave the UK (A detailed travel itinerary should be provided in your cover letter). Other details that the application will ask you to provide include personal and family information, employment details, how much money you plan on spending, accommodation details, any previous Visa refusals, and criminal convictions. Once you submit the above form you will be asked to pay your Visa fee (£587 but subject to change) and an additional immigration health surcharge fee. Once you have provided all the required information you will then be taken to a declaration page. This page offers you to pick an appointment date with a Visa Application Centre and your ID check at the Visa office. However, do not select a date if you have not uploaded all the required supporting documents. What happens at the Visa application centre? This process will be the same as the PLAB 2 Visa appointment. You will be asked to bring your passport and your ID will be confirmed by taking an ID photo and fingerprint scans. You will then have to wait for your application to be processed and you can track its progress via this link. Biometric Resident Permit You will receive a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you: Apply to come to the UK for longer than 6 months Extend your Visa to longer than 6 months Apply to settle in the UK Transfer your Visa to a new passport You will not need to apply for a BRP on top of your Visa application, you will receive one automatically if your Visa is approved.   What is a BRP? Your BRP card will include your name, date and place of birth, your fingerprints, a photo of your face, your immigration status and any conditions of your stay, and whether you have access to any public funds i.e. benefits and health services. Some BRP’s have your National Insurance (NI) number printed on the back of the card, however, this depends on when it was issued and your Visa status. What do I need a BRP for? A BRP card can confirm your identity, right to work in the UK and any access to public services or benefits you are entitled to. If you an IMG who would like some advice on relocating to the UK and working for the NHS then get in contact with us at apply@bdiresourcing.com and one of our Specialist team will be happy to advise you.

The UK Visa Application Process for PLAB 2

By Gabrielle Richardson
March 09, 2018

The UK Visa Application Process for PLAB 2 After you have passed PLAB 1 you will then need to sit PLAB 2. At this stage you will then need to consider when you want to come to the UK and take the second part of the exam. This is because firstly, you will need to start preparing for the exam numerous weeks in advance. Secondly, you will need to apply for a UK Visiting Visa as soon as you have booked your exam. The application process is essentially broken down into two stages. The first stage is the online application for a UK Visitor Visa. The second stage is the submission of all required supporting documents in a Visa application centre. We advise you that when it comes to uploading the required supporting documents that you upload them all in one sitting. This will save you a lot of time in comparison to uploading them on multiple occasions. The Online Application First, the application will ask you to provide details such as your name, passport information, and national identity. Then it will ask you to provide your travel information and essentially an itinerary. This information should include the date you will arrive in the UK and the date you will leave the UK (A detailed travel itinerary should be provided in your cover letter). You will then be asked to provide the main reason for your visit to the UK. Here, we advise that you choose ‘business, including sports and entertainment’. Once you have answered no to the following options: travelling with an organised group, travelling with a spouse, visiting a company or being paid for a business activity, you will then see your reason: Take the PLAB or OSCE. Other details that the application will ask you to provide include personal and family information, employment details, how much money you plan on spending, accommodation details, any previous Visa refusals, and criminal convictions. Once you have provided all the required information you will then be taken to a declaration page. This page offers you to pick an appointment date with a Visa Application Centre. However, do not select a date if you have not uploaded all the required supported documents. What supporting documents will I need to provide? Your personal circumstance will determine what supporting documents you will need. Nevertheless, every applicant will have to provide two key documents. The first is a valid passport and the second is the evidence of your PLAB 2 booking confirmation. Other documents that typically help your application: 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 supporting yourself financially 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 supporter. Proof of accommodation in Manchester: As your exam is held in Manchester we advise you took book accommodation in this city and if you book in advance the price will be a lot lower. PLAB 1 results: It would be useful to provide the application with a copy of the email which confirms your passing of the PLAB 1 exam. PLAB 2 booking: Another useful document that could be provided is a copy of the booking confirmation that the GMC will send you IELTS results: This will confirm that you are eligible to take PLAB Primary medical qualification: The last document which will greatly support your application is evidence of your primary medical qualification. 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 take PLAB 2 and essentially your Visit to the UK. Here, you could include information about your goal to live and work in the UK. 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 taking the PLAB 2 exam 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. So, in the meantime focus on your PLAB 2 studies and just wait for their message. If you have any questions about applying for your PLAB 2 Visa then get in touch with us at apply@bdiresourcing.com where we will be delighted to help you. Good luck!

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