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The Process and Fees for Registering with the NMC for International Nurses


Nurses: How to register with the NMC
Nurses: How to register with the NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom. All nurses and midwives who want to practice in the UK must be registered with the NMC.


The process for registering with the NMC for international nurses is as follows:

  1. Check your eligibility. You must be eligible to register with the NMC before you can start the application process. You can check your eligibility on the NMC website.

  2. Complete the application form. You can download the application form from the NMC website.

  3. Pay the application fee. The application fee for international nurses is £1,170.

  4. Submit your application. Once you have completed the application form and paid the fee, you can submit your application online or by post.

The NMC will assess your application and will contact you if they need any further information. If your application is successful, you will be registered with the NMC and will be able to start practicing as a nurse.


The fees for registering with the NMC for international nurses are as follows. Note: some or all of these fees may be covered by your employer:

Qualification evaluation fee

Paid to NMC on submission of eligibility and qualification application.

This fee is non-refundable.

£140

​Computer based test (CBT) cost

Paid to test provider before test.

£83

​Registration fee

Paid to NMC on submission of registration application.

This fee is refundable in certain circumstances.

£153

​Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) cost

Paid to test provider before exam.

£794



If you are unable to pay the application fee or the annual retention fee, you may be able to apply for a fee waiver. You can find more information about fee waivers on the NMC website.


Here are some additional tips for registering with the NMC for international nurses:

  • Make sure you have all of the required documentation before you start the application process.

  • Read the application form carefully and answer all of the questions honestly.

  • Proofread your application form carefully before you submit it.

  • Be patient. The NMC may take up to 12 weeks to process your application.

If you have any questions about the process for registering with the NMC for international nurses, please contact the NMC.


In addition to the above, here are some other things you should keep in mind when registering with the NMC for international nurses:

  • You must have a nursing qualification from a country that is recognized by the NMC.

  • You must be able to speak, read, and write English fluently.

  • You must have a criminal record check that is clear of any convictions that would make you unsuitable to practice nursing in the UK.

  • You must be able to provide evidence of your health and fitness to practice nursing.

If you meet all of the above requirements, you can start the process of registering with the NMC. The NMC website has a wealth of information on the application process, including a step-by-step guide and a list of the required documentation.

Registering with the NMC can be a complex process, but it is essential if you want to practice nursing in the UK. By following the tips above and carefully preparing your application, you can increase your chances of success.

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