The NHS (the UK’s universal healthcare service) welcomes applications from overseas doctors willing to relocate in order to work as a doctor in the UK. But, of course, certain English language standards and professional registration must first be achieved before an application is made.

Obtaining the required language qualifications and professional registration can be a time-consuming and costly process. At, we will support you through each step.


The big move to the UK enshrines 4 essential aspects.

1, IELTS examination – You must take Academic UKVI IELTS test. Achieve an overall score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. IELTS has to be within 2 years for validity purpose both with GMC and UKBA for Visa application.

2, General Medical Council (GMC) registration – Achieving the necessary IELTS scores is mandatory before you could apply for GMC registration. There are two routes using which doc2uk can provide guidance in achieving GMC registration.

a. British Royal College membership (Eg: MRCP,MRCS, MRCEM or recognized equivalents).  If you’ve undertaken an acceptable postgraduate qualification (PGQ), either in the UK or overseas, you may be able to apply for full registration with a license to practice straight away.

b. Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test. The two-part PLAB exam enables international medical graduates (IMGs) to show that they have the skills and knowledge required to practice medicine in the UK.

3, Job Interviews – Video interviews using Skype/WebEx are increasingly being used to screen overseas doctors for work in the NHS. Phone interviews are occasionally conducted too. Interviews for doctor jobs in the UK will usually consist of questions about your qualifications, skills, and experience, and test your understanding of the NHS and the social and cultural differences between medical practice in India and the UK.

4, Visa application -The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) regulates immigration advice in the UK. As such, doc2uk team is not qualified to give advice but can offer general guidance to improve your chances of successfully applying for a visa once you have received a job offer from a Hospital in the UK.