Overseas NMC registration process

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This page provides information for employers about the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) registration process for nurses and midwives trained outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Click on the links below for further information about the NMC registration process:

For more information on the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) process, please visit our OSCE page.

The NMC registration process 

All nurses and midwives trained outside of the EEA are tested for competence through a two-part process as part of the NMC registration process:

  • part one - this is a computer-based, multiple-choice examination which is accessible by applicants in their home countries
  • part two - this is a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which is always held in the UK.

As well as the test of competence, overseas applicants are required to have achieved level 7.0 of the international English language testing system (IELTS) before starting the NMC registration process. Further details of the full process can be found on the NMC website.

Overseas registration – avoiding common application errors

In June 2015, the NMC released an update on progress of the new overseas registration process. It includes the most common errors in application forms, which can cause significant delays to the overall registration timeline. Employers can play an important role in helping applicants to understand the registration process and to avoid delays in the process caused by mistakes made in applications.  

The NMC runs a dedicated employer helpline to answer questions about the overseas registration process - please phone 020 7681 5954. The NMC's website also has a useful list of frequently asked questions about the overseas registration process.

Applicants with individual queries about the status of their registration are advised to contact the NMC directly.

For more information about general visa requirements, please visit our Tier 2 visasimmigration points-based system and employer sponsorship web pages.

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