UK Immigration: TOEFL or IELTS Exam is Not Mandatory for Doctors & Nurses -23rd September, 2019

UK Immigration: TOEFL or IELTS Exam is Not Mandatory for Doctors & Nurses
Nurses, dentists, doctors, and midwives who intend to practice in the U.K. will no longer have to give English language examinations like IELTS and TOEFL as Occupational English Test (OET) scores, which applicants have to clear to enroll with the appropriate healthcare regulator, will now be allowed.

The OET is a global English language examination that evaluates language communication abilities of healthcare specialists who seek to enroll and practice in an English-speaking atmosphere.

Earlier applicants had to take the OET to enroll with the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council, two healthcare boards in the UK, along with examinations like IELTS or TOEFL to appeal for a visa.

Latest Reforms by UK Home Office

The Home Office of U.K. has streamlined English language examination assuring that dentists, doctors, nurses, and midwives, who have previously passed an English language examination allowed by the appropriate professional body, no need to sit for different test before admission to the U.K. on a UK Tier 2 visa,” told Sujata Stead who is CEO at Cambridge Boxhill Language Evaluation, which manages the OET.

This development which was published in the last week will make assure that hospitals and medical practices over the nation can access the staff that they require more immediately, she added.

The modification will appeal to all Tier 2 (General) visa appeals submitted from 1 October 2019.

The Occupational English Test (O.E.T) is intended to satisfy the specific English language requirements of the UK healthcare sector. It evaluates the language ability of healthcare specialists who wish to enroll and practice in an English-speaking atmosphere.

The examination is recognized as evidence of English ability for registration purposes by significant healthcare councils and boards in the U.K., Australia, Ireland, Dubai, New Zealand, Namibia, Singapore,  and Ukraine. It is also allowed in New Zealand and Australia for visa and immigration plans.

The OET is utilized as an entry or exit examination for healthcare courses by instructors and as a recruitment criterion for the hiring of healthcare experts. The test is attended for health practitioners from 12 occupations — dietetics, dentistry, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, optometry,  podiatry, physiotherapy, speech pathology, radiography, and veterinary science.

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