Overseas recruitment of nurses seem to be the only viable option to bridge the gap of more than 40,000 vacancies across the UK. The impact of Brexit has made this nursing shortage worse with applications from EU nurses dropping by 96% in 2017 from 1,304 in July 2016 to only 46 in April 2017, according to the NMC figures.
Tier 2 of the points-based system is the main immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants to come and work in the UK. You must have a sponsor licence and Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) if you wish to employ international nurses outside the EEA. Also you must be familiar with the process for non-EEA candidates to obtaing professional registration. International recruitment makes a significant contribution to the care of your patients or residents but you must also understand that if your recruit failed OSCE you must cancel his sponsorship and end his employment. So how do you plan your approach to international recruitment?