A Guide for Physiotherapists Applying for a UK work visa

The Surrey Physio Group is a recognised and approved Sponsor providing Tier II work visa’s (Health and Care Worker visa). We provide services to the NHS, and so physiotherapists can apply for the Health and Care Worker visa through the skilled work visa route, which brings additional advantages to the applicant. We support overseas applications and support physios who want to fill out their visa application.

For physio’s looking to join our team, fill in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vooN9Jffg1cS344k56gcPbDWfHbtwBvn3BV22_oyRgc

Before you apply for a Health and Care Worker visa as a physiotherapist you must:

  • Be a qualified physiotherapist.
  • Have a confirmed job offer from a UK employer approved by the Home Office.
  • Have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer including the role you’ve been offered https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa/your-job

For information on how to apply for the HCPC Physiotherapy registration, go to this page: https://www.surreyphysio.co.uk/hcpc-registration-guide-for-physios

Salary Requirement

Knowledge of English:

  • You need to prove that you can read, write, speak and understand English to level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale when you apply.
  • As part of your HCPC application, you would have needed to prove your English language already by taking the IELTS test.
  • You do not need to retake this test as part of your visa, you can resubmit the same test that you did for HCPC.
  • You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are from countries that can be found on this list https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa/knowledge-of-english

Application fee and money required for support:

List of documents Required

  • Certificate of sponsorship including reference number, job title, annual salary, occupation code, name of employer and their sponsor licence number.
  • Surrey Physio provide you with the certificate of sponsorship.
  • Surrey Physio are an A-rated company and A-rated companies are prioritised, and the process is quicker and easier.
  • Proof of English.
  • A valid passport or document that shows your identity and nationality.
  • Evidence of personal savings.
  • Proof of your relationship with your partner or children.
  • Tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk
  • a criminal record certificate https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants

Tuberculosis Test:

  • You need to get your tuberculosis test completed prior to applying for the visa.
  • The tuberculosis test can take time to book, so book this as soon as you can.
  • Depending on your country, it may cost around £200-300 to get this test booked.
  • You will have an X-ray done, and then you are issued with a certificate.

Criminal Record Certificate:

  • Physiotherapist from other countries have found delays in getting their Criminal record certificate sent to them. So apply ASAP for this.
  • For example, in South Africa, it can take several months to get this certificate.
  • If there are fast-track options always take the fast-track approach.

Apply for a Health and Care Worker visa

How long does it take to get a decision

General Guidelines

  • Good news, the Immigration Health Surcharge is exempt for the principal applicant and their dependent family because this is a health and care visa. This will save you a lot of money.
  • You should not tick the Health and Care Visa box if your employer has not confirmed on the Certificate of Sponsorship that you are eligible. Your sponsor must be a provider to the National Health Service (NHS).
  • You’ll get an email or a letter containing the decision on your application.
  • You will need to provide certified translation if your documents are not in English or Welsh https://www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document
  • Your partner or children will need to apply separately.
  • Provide as much relevant information and documents as possible to support your visa application for example (salary slips, employment history, experience certificate, contract letter etc).
  • Make sure that you apply for all your family at the first opportunity because the certificate of sponsorship is a very strong document. So applying together is advised.

Common Information required for filling in a visa application

Email address, Date you plan to arrive in the UK, Are you now or have you ever been known by another name, Date of birth, correspondence address / address history / detail of your living situation/contact number/ Passport details / Spouse / partner details/ Parent details/ Employment/ Accommodation details in UK/ Travel history (UK)/ Travel history (other)/ Other history(Involvement in war, crimes etc.)/ Extra information (to clarify any of your query) / Sponsor & Job detail/ English language/ passport/ Criminal record certificate/ Maintenance/ Parental responsibility, school, Letter of consent from your parents or legal guardians (child) /Consent/ Declaration.

Screen Shots to help you fill in your application:

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Note: This is a general guideline document for international visa applicants and Surrey Physio Group cannot be responsible for your application. You must follow GOV.UK website for any up to date information.