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Registering as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in The UK. The guide is for international nurses wanting to work overseas in England for the first time. There are only three easy steps. 

Documents required: 

A valid passport, which should not expire within six six months.

Proof that you finished a degree in nursing which you can get from your university.

Registration certificate.

A marriage certificate is optional for f applicants who are married and whose documents are still under their maiden name.

Note: The original documents should be scanned. There's no need to have them legalised. 


£140 for the initial registration fee

£83 for the CBT (Computer Based Test)

£794 for the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

£794 for the OSCE if you failed and need to repeat it in full

£397 for the OSCE if you failed and need to repeat it partially

£153 for the final registration fee

£184 for the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

£344 for the OET (Occupational English Test

Note:   NHS Trust reimburses some or all of the above costs. Professional Connections will outline the benefits in the enquiry brochure we send you at the application stage. 


The first step is to go to this link and follow the RED BOX for the steps below. https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/

Register as a nurse/midwife (be careful not to select a nursing associate), as some nurses make this mistake.

Click on "Trained outside the UK"

Choose the option that says, "Check you are ready to register".

On the right side, click the word "SHOW" under #2 and choose "BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION".

Click on "Start Application".

Click on "Next".  

Tick "I want to register as a nurse".

Select which field of nursing you would like to apply. There will be four options for you to choose from:

- Registered Nurse - Adult

- Registered Nurse - Children

- Registered Nurse - Learning Disabilities

- Registered Nurse - Mental Health

Tick the information where it says you have read and understood the information provided. Ensure you carefully check the one you selected, as many mistakes are made here.

Tick the box if you have yet to be issued an NMC pin.

Click on "Next".

Select your nationality, where you did your training, or where you graduated as a nurse, then click "Next".

The next page will summarise all the information you provided and allow you to check if they are all correct. At this time, you are given a chance to edit your information. Remember, there is no turning back once the registration is submitted. 

Tick on the "I understand" box and click "Next

The information that NMC will ask from you is your personal details, such as your full name, date of birth, gender, address, phone number and email address. Make sure these are all VALID and CURRENT and that they match your passport and the rest of the documents you will be submitting.


Upload the four documents I have mentioned above and pay £140. Please note that all submitted papers should be scanned and translated into English. 

You should receive an email from NMC acknowledging your registration. A CRM number will be included in the email, which you need to note as it might be required later

Although it says, "you don't need to do anything else at this stage", all nurses must request the nursing council to send a verification to the NMC that they are registered and in " good standing", 

Ensure the name and date of the registration from your nursing certificate matches the information you sent to NMC so as not to delay the verification.

Once done, you will receive another email from NMC inviting you to take the CBT exam. (NMC uses a third-party Person Vue, be sure to check your spam or junk mail regularly) 


All documents will be scanned and sent virtually.

You have two years to complete your registration.

The registration fee is non-refundable.

It usually takes between one day to two weeks before your nursing council or registration authority verifies your license


You will  have to accomplish five things in this last step of your registration.

Health Declaration - this is where you would need to declare any disabilities that you think need managing. You would need a licensed doctor to verify this for you. NMC will send a link to your doctor's email.

Character evidence - you need to upload a police clearance within the last ten years. If you've stayed in the UK for three months, you must also secure a check for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services). If you have stayed in a country for more than 12 months, you must complete a police clearance translated into English.

English Language - upload a certificate of your OET or IELTS as proof that you passed your exam within the criteria set. These are the only accepted English exams for registration in the UK.

Scope of Practice - You must select which practice and setting you to plan to work in once registered in the UK.

Indemnity Agreement - NMC will ask you to declare that you have (or will have) appropriate indemnity cover whenever you practice, as it is a legal requirement. NHS Trust will provide this for all nurses. 

Make a payment of £153.

The next step is to let your preferred licensed doctor know about the health declaration. As soon as you make a payment, an email will be sent from the NMC to your doctor's registered email address. All they need to do is click the link and fill out all the necessary details.


You cannot select a licensed doctor related to you (a friend, relative, etc.).

Step 3 can be processed even while preparing for CBT.

OET or IELTS is only valid for two years.

Once you register, changes can only be made by sending an email to NMC.

Make sure all your documents are translated into English.

There you have it!


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