Eligibility criteria

IMPORTANT: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they meet the minimum requirements for GMC registration, for the RCR’s sponsorship and for the Tier 5 visa, all as set out below. The RCR cannot advise or confirm whether or not the applicant’s documents will be acceptable to the GMC for their GMC application, nor on eligibility for the Tier 5 visa.

GMC minimum requirements for registration

If the applicant does not meet all these criteria or does not provide the relevant documents in the format required by the GMC when applying for registration, the GMC will not grant registration regardless of any recommendation made by the RCR.

Potential applicants should visit the GMC website for further information on IMG GMC applications with sponsorship. Applicants cannot start a registration application without proof of proficiency in English.

From 11 June 2018, you'll need to have your primary medical qualification (and acceptable postgraduate qualification, if you have one) independently verified before the GMC can grant your registration with a licence to practise. If you intend to apply after this date, please read about what this will mean for you

  • an acceptable primary medical qualification 
  • completion of at least one year in an internship post
  • completion of at least three years of full-time equivalent postgraduate training, including one year’s internship and at least one year in the specialty in which the doctor intends to work
  • engagement in medical practice for a minimum of three years from the last five years, including the 12 months immediately preceding the date of your application for GMC registration (you should remain in active clinical practice throughout the application process)
  • evidence of good standing from the local medical regulatory authority from no more than three months previously
  • evidence of proficiency in English by meeting the GMC’s requirements  
  • attendance at an identity check in person on arrival in the UK (registration not confirmed until this is completed)

RCR minimum requirements for sponsorship under the ISS

  • evidence of having met all GMC requirements as set out above
  • evidence of having completed at least 30 months of clinical radiology training outside the UK/EEA
  • evidence of offer of a suitable post in the UK for no more than two years and no less than 6 months
  • evidence that the post encompasses a period of higher specialty training as set out in the current RCR specialty training curriculum
  • evidence of appropriate funding e.g. NHS salary or scholarship
  • confirmation from the UK employer that the post in the UK is in a GMC Approved Practice Setting (APS)

The RCR will not offer sponsorship

  • if the applicant is currently living in the UK or EEA, or is a national or citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland
  • if the applicant has completed less than thirty months of clinical radiology training outside the UK/EEA
  • if the applicant has failed any part of the PLAB test without a subsequent pass in that part
  • if the applicant has not secured suitable funding for the post (applicants cannot self-fund)
  • if there is no evidence of the offer of a suitable post in the UK - it cannot be core radiology and we do not offer sponsorship for research posts, LAS posts, specialty doctor posts, or locum consultant posts.

Tier 5 Visa

IMPORTANT: there are a limited number of Tier 5 visas available, over all specialties. Our ISS exists as part of our commitment to facilitate philanthropic international activity across both our faculties. This is reflected by the MTI prioritisation of Tier 5 visas to those from Lower and Lower Middle Income and DfID priority countries. It is possible for an individual doctor from outside these countries to use the ISS to obtain GMC registration and a Tier 5 visa. However, they are likely to face a considerable delay in receiving their visa, if at all, and we cannot guarantee when or if a visa will be issued if the ISS application is successful. This will lead to a delay in finalising GMC registration and taking up the UK post.  We therefore suggest that other routes to GMC registration and obtaining a visa are used by those who are not from the prioritised countries. For further information please visit the AoMRC website

The applicant must also check that they can meet all the requirements for a Tier 5 visa. The applicant must be in their home country to apply for the visa. The applicant should allow up to three weeks for a decision on the visa and the process may require the applicant to temporarily relinquish their passport.  The rules governing the Tier 5 visa means that following its expiry, there may be restrictions on granting future visas.  Please refer to Tier 5 Overview and application