Our talk works and IANS main goal is to provide our clients with a streamlined service without the need of going to different providers to recruit nurses successfully in line with the complexity of immigration rules and the challenging international registration scheme introduced by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in 2014. 

Given the inherent synergies between the immigration rules and NMC registration requirement for overseas trained nurses, IANS will facilitate an effective strategy in ensuring the nurses you have recruited through us work on your floor within 4 - 6 weeks and that they obtain their NMC professional registration (pin number) within 2 weeks from entering the UK. And in so doing,  we are able to make thing easier for you whilst saving you substantial monies. Therefore, all that is left for you to do is what you do best.

Job search

Looking for a nursing job in the UK?

Land in the UK within 4 - 6 weeks

We can guarantee your application to complete within this time table if you are in possession of an IELTS/OET & CBT test pass certificates from the date you apply with us.

Week 1 - 2

You will interview with our Tier 2 Sponsors (NHS Trusts or Nursing Homes) within 2 days from registering your interest with us. Your Certificate of Sponsorship will be assigned 2 days from successful interview.

Week 2 - 3

Your visa application will be submitted in week 2 and it normally takes two weeks for a decision to be made by the British Embassy.

Week 3 -4

Whilst waiting for your visa, you will start training OSCE with us. 

Week 4 - 6

You travel immediately to the UK and undertake two weeks of OSCE training and mocks and you sit your exam at the end of 2nd week.


Looking for international nurses?

Nurses on your floor within 4 - 6 weeks

We can guarantee your nurses to join your team within this time table if you try our unique recruitment approach and processes in 3 simple steps. We do this simply by overcoming the 3 main obstacles in international recruitment such as passing the required English language scores, passing CBT and obtaining decision letters. 

Step 1 - I - Invite us for new recruitment options

You don't need to change new suppliers but simply try our new offerings and see for yourself the results we promise. This is based on our strong legal work involving British Council, UKVI and the NMC.

Step 2 - A - Appoint us to implement proven solutions

We do not offer what we have not tested. Our solutions have worked not for one but many and we continue to discover different ways to reduce our recruitment processes because of our legal expertise inherent in our recruitment processes.

Step 3 - N - Negotiate our terms based on your budget

International recruitment is very costly and time consuming. Our aim is to make things easier for you and save you monies. We do this by reducing the recruitment cycle and ensuring all your recruits pass OSCE. 

Recruitment FAQs

We receive many questions about using our Recruitment Services.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.

What are the eligibility requirements to work as a nurse in the UK?

You need to have successfully completed a nursing education, achieved the required scores in one of the accepted English languages tests by the NMC, in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and passed the test of competence part one (CBT) and part two: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The 12 months practice requirement after achieving registration has been removed and so you can apply after qualifying as a nurse in your country of registration. 

Who is the NMC and what do they do?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. The NMC maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK. Your application to work as a registered nurse in the UK is considered by them. They are not the Home Office or UKVI.

What is the difference between UKVI IELTS and IELTS Academic and OET?

'IELTS for UKVI' is a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration(UKVI) application.

The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. The NMC accepts this test to meet the standard of its English language requirement to work in the UK.

Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. The NMC accepts this test to meet the standard of its English language requirement to work in the UK.

Do I need one year’s work experience at a hospital to apply?

Previously, international nurses and midwives wishing to apply to join the NMC’s register are required to have worked for 12 months after achieving their qualification. The NMC has now removed this requirement, meaning applicants can apply to join the register immediately after qualifying. Note however that most NHS hospitals in the UK still require a minimum of 12 months clinical experience to consider your application.

What is CBT and how much does it cost?

This is a test of your theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format is a multiple choice test and can be taken in test centres around the world. A CBT tends to cost around £130 but varies slightly in which country you are taking the test.

What is OSCE and how much does it cost?

The OSCE will assess your clinical knowledge and can only be completed in the UK. The test will be administered by one of the NMC’s approved university test centres who will administer their own test fee in agreement with us. You’ll need to contact the university directly to book and pay for your test. The test costs £992 and part resit will cost £496.

What is an NMC Decision Letter or Authorisation Letter?

After you’ve passed the CBT, you’ll be asked to provide your supporting documents for your registration application. Once all the necessary documents have been received, your application will be assessed by a member of the NMC’s International Registrations Team.
Your application is normally decided within 60 calendar days of receiving all your supporting evidence. Once the NMC confirmed you’ve met the registration requirements, you will receive a letter authorising you to progress to the next stage, which is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Why does it take a long time to receive a Decision Letter?

The NMC aims to decide your application within 60 calendar days and the delay occurs when one of the supporting documents you have provided are incomplete, not signed or stamped, in the wrong format or not received in time. There are occasions when your application documents have been lost or misplaced within the NMC receiving team and therefore have not been considered. It is always best practice to appoint a representative based in the UK to liaise with the NMC in respect of your application to ensure you receive a decision letter within the published guidance for consideration.

What is the average salary of a nurse working in an NHS hospital in the UK?

Upon arrival and before registration you will be paid from £16,333 per year (Band 3) and from £23,023 upon registration. Most nursing home pays from £31,200 per annum upon achieving full registration with the NMC.

Why do nursing homes pay more than the NHS hospitals?

This is because the nursing homes are a private sector and therefore have flexibility in offering a higher salary than the NHS. One of the reasons is to make working in this environment more attractive to nurses.

I have been waiting for over 60 days and despite chasing up the NMC for my decision letter, I remain to be in the assessment queue. Can you help me obtain my decision letter?

There are different reasons for delay in receiving a decision letter. We are able to help you get it right first time or ensure the NMC has everything about your application to help them make a decision according to their policy.

A Sponsor (NHS Trust or Nursing Home) has offered me a role but 3 months has passed already and I’m still waiting for my Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), can you help me secure this?

Your sponsor must request certain number of allocations before they can assign a CoS for you to use in your visa application. It can take from 5 days to 8 weeks for this type of request to be decided. Sometimes it can take longer due to the volume of applications received by the Home Office. Our expertise in dealing with the Home Office in matters of requesting CoSs, we have the capacity and experience to secure enough number of allocations within 5 days.

I’m signed up with a recruitment agency but I have been waiting for a long time to progress my application, can you help speed up my application?

Your agency has no control over any delay relating to Certificates of Sponsorship but our legal expertise and experience in dealing with the Home Office allows us to reduce the waiting time at every stage of our recruitment process which most agencies do not have or unable to do.

Can you really process my application to the UK within 4 weeks, and how?

We have developed unrivalled processes and systems so that if you have passed IELTS or OET and CBT,  we can assign your CoS within 48 hours of receiving an offer letter from our employers and submit your visa application within 3 days from assigning your CoS and travel to the UK within 3 days from receiving your visa which usually decided within 2 weeks from submission.

I have over 5 years clinical experience in my country of training but most NHS Trusts do not take this into account with their salary offer, do you know why?

The NHS follows an approved pay system set by the government. Generally, all international nurses start at the lowest end of Band 5 from obtaining full registration with the NMC. There is an opportunity to progress in the higher end of the scale or move up to Band 6 within a year. However, some Trusts take into account clinical experience outside the UK and are prepared to pay the salary level appropriate to your experience. We work with some these Trusts.

My employer is now asking me to pay back some of the costs of hiring me, is this legal?

If these conditions are in your employment contract and you agreed to it, they may be able to enforce this agreement. Please check with us for specific advice.