Making an application to the Home Office
After receipt of your Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos) from HEE, you can then apply to the Home Office to gain your Skilled Worker visa
HEE are not able to participate with the application process you make to the Home Office. However, we have provided some useful information below.
Immigration rules are subject to change and it is your responsibility to review all Home Office information when making your application
You are advised to regularly visit the Home Office website to check the latest guidance and rules.
Once your application for a Skilled Worker CoS has been reviewed and accepted by HEE National Overseas Sponsorship Team, you will be issued with a CoS number. You should check this document fully to ensure that there are no mistakes. After receipt of your CoS you can then apply to the Home Office to gain your Skilled Worker visa. HEE is not able to track the progress or provide an update on the status of your Visa application, as this is the Home Office process. You can request an update on your application from the Home Office.
If you have already renewed or obtained a valid visa
If you are not sponsored by Health Education England (HEE) on your current visa, then you will need to apply for a new Skilled Worker visa sponsored by HEE and obtain your HEE sponsored Visa before you start you training.
You should make your visa application under the Health and Care visa route. The Health and Care visa is a type of Skilled Worker visa and are not 2 different types of visas.
We will confirm your eligibility for this on your CoS issued to you. You will find this in the Summary of job description field of the CoS.
The requirements for Health and Care visa can be found on the Home Office website.
Under the SOC Code for Medical Practitioners, you can and should make your visa application under the Shortage Occupation list.
More information about making your Skilled Worker application can be found on the Home Office website.
If you want to have have your CoS issued until the end of your Period of Grace
The Home Office do not issue a CoS to the end of period of grace as not everyone requires it. This is decided between you and your local HEE office towards the end of your training, if you do require period of grace you must send confirmation from the local HEE office confirming this. Only then can we issue you an extension CoS covering this period (usually 6 months). The Home Office allows 14 days after your Visa has expired for you to make arrangements. Please note the Period of Grace does not apply to those undertaking training in General Practice.
When you apply for the Health and Care visa, you will be pay the reduced application fees.
All visa application fees can be found on the UK visa fees page on Home Office website.
The visa fee reduction will also apply to your partners and dependants of Health and Care visa. Your partners and dependants should therefore also tick this box. In addition to the reduced visa fee, when applying for the Health and Care Visa yourself and your family will be exempt from having to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.
If you have overpaid your Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
HEE do not deal with IHS. This is a Home Office requirement. Individuals who have made their application since March 2020 may need to apply for refund.
Non-urgent advice: Information about HEE for your application
The below details about HEE will be needed for your application.
- HEE is an A rated sponsor.
- Your HEE Sponsor number can be found at the top of the CoS which has been issued to you.
- HEE is a public body, not a limited company.
Home Office requirements
It is useful to be aware of the following Home Office requirements at an early stage in your application.
Criminal Records Certificates
The Home Office requires those applying to come to the UK as a Skilled Worker doctor or dentist in training, and their adult dependants, aged 18 or over, to produce a criminal record certificate from any country in which they have been present for 12 months or more, consecutively or cumulatively, in the previous 10 years.
If you are successful in being appointed to a training programme in the UK, and require Skilled Worker sponsorship, you will be required to provide the criminal record certificate to the Home Office when you make your visa application. As it can take some time to obtain a criminal record certificate, you should begin the process of seeking certificates, if required, at the earliest opportunity. Please note, that this is for entry clearance applications only, so will only be applicable if you are applying from outside the UK. You do not require a Criminal Record if you already have UK entry clearance.
Details of how to obtain such a check from the relevant authorities abroad is available on the Home Office website.
If the country concerned is not listed, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate for further details.
HEE National Overseas Sponsorship team do not require a copy of your Criminal Records Certificate as this is a requirement of your Home Office application.
HEE cannot offer to certify maintenance on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). If you are successful in being appointed to a training programme in the UK, and require Skilled Worker sponsorship, you will be required to provide evidence of maintenance (funds) to the Home Office when you make your visa application.
If you are already on a Tier 2 visa/Skilled Worker visa (whether extending or changing employment), you do not need to prove maintenance.
Full guidance can be found on the Home Office website.
Page last reviewed: 29 March 2023
Next review due: 29 March 2024