Visas and immigration

Please note visa and immigration rules have changed in the UK post-Brexit. 

NHSScotland’s workforce is diverse and multicultural – just like our patients. We often look beyond the UK to attract the best candidates. We treat all candidates in the same way.

If you have been offered a post within one of NHSScotland’s Health Boards, you will be issued a Certificate of Sponsorship to allow you to apply for a Health and Care Worker visa.

This visa will grant you entry to the UK and allow you to work within the role and the Health Board in which you have been offered a position.

In addition to the Certificate of Sponsorship that the employing NHS Health Board will supply, you must be able to meet the other eligibility requirements.

To find out more about the Certificate of Sponsorship, please visit the UK Government's Website.

Visa Eligibility

To qualify for the new Health and Care worker visa, you must meet the criteria below:

  • Be a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • Work in an eligible health or social care job
  • Work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • Have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • Be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do.

(Source: Gov UK, )

Job Eligibility

To check if your job is eligible, please head over to the UK Government Website. (external link)

Knowledge of English

You will need to prove that you are able to speak, read, write and understand English. More information about approved providers and exemptions can be found on the UK Government Website. (external link)

How long can you stay

The Health and Care Worker visa will allow you to stay in the country for up to 5 years before it has to be extended or updated.

How to apply

Applications are completed online and how you apply will depend on your current situation. More information can be found on the UK Government Website. (external link)

Timescales and cost

To find out the current timescales, cost and any additional information, visit the UK Government Website. (external link)