Visa Support for IMG Doctors in Training (DiTs)

Visa Support for IMG Doctors in Training (DiTs)

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If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

#1

If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

If your general practice surgery is struggling with GP recruitment and retention issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation can be part of the solution.

Questions?
Please contact our GP EDI Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

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It’s no secret that there are GP recruitment and retention issues in BNSSG primary care. If your general practice surgery is struggling with these issues, becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation may be part of the solution.

As a Visa Sponsoring Organisation, your practice can sponsor and employ IMG DiTsInternational Medical Graduate Doctors in Training – from overseas, through the Skilled Worker visa programme (formerly known as Tier 2 visa sponsorship). Engagement with this programme provides a range of benefits.

For instance, did you know that the training period for IMG DiTs is shorter than it once was? As such, work visas are required sooner to support them in staying in the UK, where their skills and talents can be put to use supporting our patient population. Skilled Worker visas can help to plug this gap.

Consider becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation — and to help you through the process of doing so, we have an EDI GP Fellow in post, Dr. Shital Godbole.

For more information on how to become a Visa Sponsoring Organisation and why ypu should consider doing so, please expand the boxes below.

If you’d like to discuss further, please contact Dr. Godbole, and she’ll arrange a 1:1 meeting with you.

How does my practice become a Visa Sponsoring Organisation?

General practice surgeries can apply to become a Visa Sponsoring Organisation through the government’s website. Before applying, we advise you get in touch with our EDI GP Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, to discuss in a 1:1 meeting. Shital can be reached at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

Severn Deanery has helpfully produced a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) around the process – as it relates to practice surgeries in particular – with links to further resources and reading attached.

Please note: funding is available to reimburse costs –100% for small organisations and 50% for large organisations. Please contact Shital for further information.

Government webpage on becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation:
https://www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers

Severn Deanery’s list of FAQs:
https://primarycare.severndeanery.nhs.uk/training/international-doctors/visas-and-sponsorship-support-primary-care/

What are the benefits of becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation?

There are various reasons to consider becoming a Visa Sponsoring Organisation, including:

  • We are in the midst of an unprecedented recruitment crisis, with it having become very difficult to identify and employ new GPs
  • An increasing proportion of GP Trainees are IMGs, who require Skilled Worker visas to remain in the UK
  • The training period for DiTs is shorter, so work visas are needed sooner to keep IMGs in the UK
  • GPs from a wider range of backgrounds will be interested in and able to work at your practice if it’s a Visa Sponsoring Organisation, which will further boost your practice’s marketability
  • It’s cost-effective: funding is available to reimburse costs – 100% for small organisations and 50% for large organisations *
  • Staff retention will be improved, as GPs won’t be forced to leave your practice for reasons outside of your / their control, and will see that you’re proactively interested in keeping them
  • GPs from a more varied range of backgrounds will be able to work at your practice, thereby supporting Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) targets

For more information about any of the above (* including available funding), please contact our EDI GP Fellow, Dr. Shital Godbole, to discuss in a 1:1 meeting. Shital can be reached at shital.godbole@nhs.net.

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