In the new Visa rules of UK doctors, dentists, nurses, and midwives who apply for Tier 2 visas do not need to appear for English language tests (TOEFL and IELTS) at the same time the score in Occupational English Test is sufficient for them.
Previously, the candidates had to appear for OET to register with healthcare board like Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council, and for the TOEFL and IELTS for applying to get the visa.
The Home Office streamlined testing for English language and has ensured that these professionals who succeed in the test for English language as accepted by their professional bodies, do not require appearing for another test prior to entering the UK by having the Tier 2 visa as per the release of the UK government.
Thus the healthcare professionals are exempt from the requirement of English language for the visa application when they use their successful OET results in registration with the healthcare regulator. The test earned recognition by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as the General Medical Council two years ago.
The Occupational English Test has an aim of meeting the specified needs of English language in the healthcare sector. It also assesses the proficiency in language exclusively of healthcare professionals wishing to register and practice in the English-speaking situations. Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment conducts OET in coordination with Box Hill Institute and Cambridge Assessment English. This change, announced last week, also ensures that medical practices and hospitals across the UK can now access the staff they require hastily. Finally it applies to all Tier 2 visa applications that the aspirants submit from October 1, 2019.
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