All international students from outside the European Economic Area, graduating with an MPharm from a UK university, must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK i.e. undertake their pre-registration training. There are a couple of different options for this:
(April 2017 update)
In the ‘Codes of practice’ for most jobs, there are two pay thresholds. The lower pay threshold is for ‘new entrants’ the other pay threshold is for ‘experienced’ workers. Further details are available here.
NB From April 2017, the Government plans to extend the requirement to provide a criminal record certificate to the following applicants:
Further details are available here.
Additional information specifically for international students is available on the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland website here.
The scheme is also available to holder of British Overseas Territories passports and British Nationals (Overseas).
You cannot switch into this immigration category from within the UK. Instead, you need to leave the UK and apply for entry clearance.
If you are from one of the other eligible countries or you have a British National passport, you are not required to register your interest and can just apply using your passport as evidence that you are sponsored. Places are, however, limited in number and your application will be refused if all the places for a year have already been taken. There is no limit for British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas).
You can find further information on the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, including requirements, on the UKVI website here.
Non-EEA students who join the MPharm programme and hope to carry out pre-registration training in the UK must be aware that Tier 2 visa opportunities will inevitably be limited and cannot be guaranteed by the QUB School of Pharmacy.
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