Are You a Registered Nurse Planning to Migrate? Things you should know.

The other day, we discussed about the opportunities out there for Nigerian Doctors who are planning to leave the county for greener pastures. You can read that here.

Today, Nurse Lynn, a Psychiatric Nurse has put together this for the Nurses, especially for those who want to go to the UK.

Dear Prospective Naija-UKRN, Are you planning on bringing your family to the UK?
Here are some things you need to know before you leave!

  1. You can bring your family members as “dependants” to the UK on your visa. You cannot bring anyone else to the UK. A ‘dependent’ is any of the following: husband, wife or married partner, your child under 18.
  2. Your dependents can travel with you when you come to the UK or at any time after that. Since you are coming to the UK as a pre-registered nurse most of the employers recommend bringing your family after passing the OSCE exam or maybe a few months after you arrive. This is to help you settle in.
  3. You would need to bear the cost of their visa, travel and stay in the UK. Other costs to consider include:
  • Travel expenses from the Airport to the Accommodation
  • Accommodation – one month’s rent advance
  • Accommodation – one month’s rent deposit
  • Living costs
  1. Your spouse will have all the rights to live and work in the UK. They will have all the rights to do any job in the UK. Your dependent children can have free education in the UK.
  2. Documents required for a dependent visa application:
  • Passport
  • Tuberculosis test report (not applicable for all nationalities) 
  • Police clearance check from all the countries they lived
  • Birth Certificate (Children)
  • Marriage Certificate (married partners)
  • Accommodation proof in the UK (Tenancy Agreement)
  • Employment confirmation letter from your Employer or COS.
  1. Rated sponsor employers will certify the maintenance fund for your dependents. Therefore you will be exempted from furnishing a bank statement. Please note you will not have any recourse in the public funds and it’s your responsibility to meet the cost of their stay in the UK.
  2. Other things to note:
    ✔️Children under 12 are not allowed to be left alone at home when you are at work or outside. This is an offence in the UK.
    ✔️It is a good idea when relocating to make a good background search on locations. It is also cool to consider places with a good number of black community. It gets lonely in the UK and you would want to feel a little at home when you arrive.

We hope this would help you with a head start on your Journey to the UK.

Nurse Lynn is a Psychiatric Nurse. You can ask any questions or follow Nurse Lynn on Twitter via @wealthyRN.

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