Non-UK/non-EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school wishing to undertake a recognised, two-year full-time Foundation Programme (including academic programmes) are eligible to apply for UKFPO Tier 4 sponsorship. Each doctor applying for UKFPO Tier 4 sponsorship will need to register for an online, personal Tier 4 account. For full details, please see The Tier 4 process.
INFORMATION FOR FP2014 APPLICANTS
All non UK/EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school applying via the national application system for a Foundation Programme (including academic programmes - commencing Aug 2014) will be sent an email inviting them to apply for a Tier 4 visa in 2014.
The process and timeline will be available shortly.
FP2013 Tier 4 Key Documents
Please note that the Tier 4 Guidance and FAQS will be updated after April 2013. This is due to a number of changes to immigration rules that will come into effect from 6 April 2013.
Please also note that the guidance in the 'UKBA Tier 4 Application Form Information 2012' is redundant for 2013.
Information for foundation doctors
Information for foundation schools
Guidance on when Tier 4 applicants can start the Foundation Programme 2013
The UKBA has published guidance for both foundation doctors (Tier 4 migrants) and educational providers (employers/UKFPO) detailing when a doctor may start their new course of study with a new Tier 4 sponsor (i.e. starting the Foundation Programme under the sponsorship of the UKFPO).
For employers and foundation schools, please see Tier 4 guidance (July 2013) paragraphs 473 – 483 for full details:
Foundations doctors should see Tier 4 migrant guidance (July 2013) paragraphs 331– 341 for full details: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/Tier4migrantguidance.pdf
Depending on when the doctor applied for their last Tier 4 visa will determine if/when a doctor can start the programme*. As a general summary however, foundation doctors cannot start the programme until the UKBA approves the Tier 4 application unless*:
? the new sponsor has Highly Trusted Sponsor rating; (UKFPO has this rating); and
? the new sponsor has assigned them a CAS; and
? the doctor has applied to the UKBA before their existing permission to stay expires.
* there are exceptions for those doctors whom applied for their last visa before 5th October 2009; these doctors should refer to UKBA migrants information.
Frequently asked questions
The UKFPO has developed FAQs which should answer all of your queries.