Medical Training Initiative and coronavirus (COVID-19)

27 March 2020

Visas – information from UKVI

On Tuesday 24 March, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). These changes are now in effect and full details are available at GOV.UK

Please email the coronavirus immigration team immediately if you fall into this category. Please also keep the RCR informed.

MTI and the RCR

Doctors applying for the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme should check the latest guidance about the status of COVID-19 in the UK before deciding whether it’s practical to pursue an application in the current climate. Hospitals may be stretched, self- isolation indicated and/or travel more difficult.

Hospitals should, therefore, consider whether it is practical to take on an MTI trainee in the current climate.

Starting an application that is later put on hold may cause difficulty. There are requirements to complete Tier 5 visa applications and GMC registration interviews within a specified timeframe from the issue of a CoS. If these timeframes are not met, it may lead to some of all of the processes being re-visited or possibly an unsuccessful outcome for the application.

Employers must bear in mind that even if they have more experience from outside the UK, MTI doctors are trainees; they should be treated in the same way as UK trainees and are likely to require additional support as they are new to the NHS. Care should be taken if asking them to work outside their usual scope of practice (as with any doctor).

There may be delays in processing new MTI applications.


Published 27 March 2020