UK Border Agency-Overseas Qualified Nurses and Midwives

Published: 12/02/2010


The UK Border Agency has explained how you can extend your stay in the UK as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife to undertake a supervised practice placement or midwifery adaptation programme.

The arrangements for overseas qualified nurses and midwives ended on 27 November 2008 - you can no longer apply to come to the UK or to switch into this category. If you have a job offer from a UK employer, you may be able to apply for permission to work here as a sponsored skilled worker.

You can apply to extend your stay as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife if you:

-currently have permission to be in the UK as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife; and

-can provide satisfactory evidence of regular attendance during any previous periods of supervised practice or midwife adaptation course, and would not as a result of the extension remain in the UK as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife for more than 18 months; and


-can provide your sponsor's written consent to remain in the UK as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife, if any previous study, supervised practice placements or midwife adaptation programme placements were sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency; and


-meet all of the six original eligibility requirements for the category, as set out below.

Original eligibility requirements

1. You must have obtained confirmation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that you are eligible:

-for admission to the Overseas Nurses Programme; or
-to undertake a period of supervised practice; or
-to undertake an adaptation programme leading to registration as a midwife.

2. You must have been offered: 

-a supervised practice placement through an education provider recognised by the NMC; or
-a supervised practice placement in a setting approved by the NMC; or
-a midwifery adaptation programme placement in a setting approved by the NMC

3. You must not have obtained this offer by misrepresentation.

4. You must be able to and intend to take up the supervised practice placement or midwife adaptation programme.

5. You must not intend to engage in business or take employment, except:

in connection with the supervised practice placement or midwife adaptation programme; or
part-time work of a similar nature to the work undertaken on the supervised practice placement or midwife adaptation programme.

6. You must be able to maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants without the use of public funds.

Making your application


To apply for permission to extend your stay (known as 'further leave to remain'), you should use application form FLR(O). You will be able to stay here as an overseas qualified nurse or midwife for a maximum of 18 months. At the end of this period, you will be expected to leave the UK or switch into another immigration category.

You can download application form FLR(O) and the detailed guidance notes from the right side of the UK Border Agency website. You should read the guidance notes before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application, and we will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it.

Section 7 of the application form gives details of the documents you must send with the form. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued the original, or by a notary. You must include a letter explaining why you are providing a certified copy rather than the original document.

You must be in the UK to apply, and you must apply at least four weeks before your permission to stay in the UK ends.

You can make your application by post or in person. If you apply by post, you must send your application to the address given on the cover of the application form. To apply in person, you must make an appointment at one of our public enquiry offices - this is a same-day service available at a premium fee, and is only suitable for straightforward applications.