NVQ Student Visa holder, Jacqui, reports to her educational provider the very day she landed at Heathrow Airport.
The Filipino Nurse is in the UK on a 3 year student visa and will start her course in NVQ Level 3/4, Health and Social Care (National Vocational Qualification) at Majestic College this week.
Immigration Adviser Bison UK have arranged paid work placement, which runs along side the vocational course, in a UK care home and she will stay with a Filipino host family in London.
As a qualified Nurse back home in Makati, Manila, Jacqui discusses her options to register with the NMC and take the ONP (Adaptation Course for overseas nurses) at a later date, which could qualify her to work as a registered Nurse (RGN) in the UK.
She will also need to pass an IELTS English test at band score 7.00, which, judging by her spoken English, should not be too much of a problem!
Qualified overseas Nurses taking NVQ courses have a number of options:
- Obtain an NVQ Level 3 and apply under Tier 2 for a permit as a Senior Care Worker, which is on the Shortage Occupations List.
- Obtain an NVQ Level 4 – Leadership and management award (LMC) and apply under Tier 2 for a permit as a Care Manager.
- Register with the NMC and pass the Overseas Nurses Programme (ONP) and apply under Tier 2 for a work permit as a Regsitered Nurse.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently published its first review of the shortage occupation lists , which recommended that the qualification threshold for overseas Social Care Workers be changed to NQF (National Qualification Framework)/NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 2 and the minimum salary cut from £8.80 to £7.80.
If the Government adopts the recommendations, it will be possible to obtain permission to work as a Care Assistant under Tier and switch from the Tier 4 Student Visa category.
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