NVQ Student Visa holder, Joanne, reports to London’s Majestic College the same day she landed at Heathrow Airport – on a 3 year student visa – to start her course in NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Health and Social Care Level 3/4.
Immigration Adviser Bison UK has arranged paid work placement in a UK care home and she is staying with a Filipino host family near Majestic College in north London. She likes her host especially her food!
As a qualified Nurse (RN) back home, Joanne 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 needs to obtain an IELTS score of Band 7.00 to work as a qualified nurse in the UK.
She hopes her studies will give her practical and cultural knowledge of life in the UK.
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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