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Immigration law is complex and changes frequently. Our guidance is updated regularly to help you keep pace.
Are you an EU national working in the UK? Find out how to gain more security in your immigration status in the UK.
The BMA has teamed up with an external third party specialist law firm, to provide our members with free basic immigration advice in connection with their employment or study in the UK. Contact our advisers on 0300 123 1233.
We update our guidance regularly to help keep you up to speed with the latest changes. See whether new immigration rules will affect your work or training.
Read our guide to making a visa application, studying, training, working and settling in the UK tailored to doctors and medical students.
Visa rules change frequently and it can be hard to keep track. Stay up to date by signing up to our visa alerts service. Free to BMA members.
Employers have to advertise certain jobs for a set time initially to see if a UK or EEA national fulfills requirements, before advertising elsewhere. Find out more about this process.
Points criteria are also known as attributes and relate to Tier 1,2,4 and 5 visas. Find out how the system works.
Before you can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa to work in the UK, you need a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed sponsor. Find out more.
Nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), who come to the UK for longer than six months to work, study or join family, have to pay a health surcharge as part of their visa application. Find out what you need to do.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about tier 2 visas, fees and the cooling off period.
There are two main types of English test: IELTS and PLAB. Which of them you need to take depends on your country of origin. Find out what 's involved including the scores required to pass.
Important information - please note:
There remains significant uncertainty over the impact that Brexit will have on the laws regarding immigration in the United Kingdom.
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