Working in the UK announces new medical training category

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The Home Office, via the Working in the UK website, has given pre-announcement for a new training category for foreign-born medical professionals within the existing Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES). Work permits and visa arrangements may now be performed through the new Medical Training Initiatives (MTI).

'Medical Training Initiatives' is the term given for training schemes for individuals who are sponsored by the Royal Colleges and other organisations within the medical field. A key purpose of sponsorship is to train overseas medical professionals, doctors, and dentists in the United Kingdom's public health care sector before they return abroad to continue their medical practice with the new skills they have acquired.

This new category will come into effect from 01 September 2006. From 29th August 2006, full guidance and a new application form (MTI1) will be available to support this new category. Initially, the guidance and application form will only be available electronically via the Internet. From 27 November 2006 paper copies will also be available.

Important Note :

Medical specialists who were admitted to the UK under the Immigration Rules before 03 April 2006 will NOT be able to switch into TWES IF there is a requirement to continue in their existing training programme. They will be required to return to their country of residence. You will need to make a TWES MTI application, accompanying this with details of your sponsorship for this program.

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