Working overseas is not only beneficial on a personal level (think about taking weekend trips to France!) but also on a professional one. Working or volunteering abroad is great for your resume as it provides you with practical experiences that may not be available at home and helps further develop your skills in other settings
Will it cost me a lot to move to the UK for my nursing job?
While there are some out of pocket costs in every move, employer in the UK are offering relocation packages to nurses from Australia which in most cases include:
- Visa costs
- Initial accommodation costs
- Part of your exam costs and your final registration payment
The above takes on the majority of costs that would occur with a move to the UK.
Do I have to complete any exams?
Yes, as part of the registration process in the UK, you will be required to complete an online multiple-choice test in Australia and a OSCE in the UK – currently there is a 90% pass rate.
What are the visa options?
Australian nurses are in high demand in the UK and as such obtaining a visa is relatively simple, provided you fulfill the required criteria and follow the right steps.
You or your prospective employer can apply for a work permit as soon as you have registered through the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Overseas Nursing Programme.
If you haven’t already found an employer willing to sponsor you, you would typically apply for a general skilled visa (Tier 1).
If you have already found an employer that is willing to sponsor you, you or your employer can apply for a Tier 2 general visa – provided your employer holds a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
Alternatively, you can apply for a working holiday visa however there might be restrictions on how many hours you can work.
In any case, it’s best to speak to a registered migration agent to discuss your visa options. Alecto works closely with an experienced migration agency to make your move to the UK as smooth and seamless as possible.
Get in touch
If you are interested in nursing jobs in the UK, please contact Christina on 0450 534 764 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on nursing roles in the UK