BMA services for international doctors

The BMA can help you get started in the UK, from immigration queries to your learning and development. Find out more about joining us.

Location: International UK
Audience: International doctors
Updated: Thursday 2 May 2024
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Our immigration advice service

If you have an immigration query, we can refer you to our dedicated immigration advice service, where you can get free, basic advice on your initial enquiry.

If your enquiry is complex and goes beyond basic advice, as a member of the BMA, you will be eligible for a reduced fee for further legal support.

Initial free advice covers:

  • Advice on applications for leave to enter or remain in the UK that are within the immigration rules.
  • Diagnosis of your need for specific immigration advice.
  • One-off advice.

Progress your career

We have lots of guidance to help you get started as a doctor in the UK.


Learn with us

Your BMA membership gives you access to learning resources from the BMA and BMJ.

Any doctor starting in a new healthcare system, in a new country, might have some brushing up to do. Try our masterclasses, courses and webinars.

Free webinars

Our web-based seminars use live streaming so that you can log on from anywhere in the world and take part in real-time teaching.

The webinars cover a wide range of subjects including building up your confidence in the workplace and learning how to deal with difficult personalities.

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BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning includes a wide range of modules and events focusing on non-clinical skills to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD).

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Medical ethics

Whilst the fundamentals of medicine will be the same across the world, practising medicine has its differences country to country. You may find the below useful to look at when you start practising in the UK.


Your wellbeing

Moving to another country can be a stressful time, you should know you are not alone. We're here for you. Access our wellbeing and support services to speak to someone.