Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship: Planning for Post-CCT

21 May 2021

If your Tier 2 visa is due to expire at the end of your training, this information should help you to plan ahead, so that when you CCT, you are in the best possible position to move smoothly into a role as a qualified GP. 

Good to know

  • If you have a Tier 2 visa, your regional team will contact you.
  • Plan ahead as far as possible so that you can move directly into a job without delay.
  • You should think about this early in your ST3 year and talk to your local NHS England links.
  • There is no automatic extension to your visa.
  • It's quicker if you can secure a job with a practice which already has a sponsoring license, but this can be applied for if the practice doesn’t have it and is willing to get it.
  • It may be worth double checking your CCT date is accurate with your deanery (who can confirm this with the RCGP GPSA team) to ensure the correct timing of your application.
  • General practice jobs are on the shortage occupation list, so a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) isn't required.

Applying for jobs

  • Check the RCGP Jobs board
  • Talk to your Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Directors, as they may be able to signpost you to local opportunities and initiatives to support those due to CCT
  • Find out which practices in the area you are planning to work can sponsor Tier 2 visas. Check the LMC website for the relevant area for information on this.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

  • To apply for your CoS you will need passport details, your address, details of your job, etc.
  • If you have a job offer from a practice which already holds a license for Tier 2 visa sponsorship, they will be able to apply for your CoS straight away.
  • If you have a job offer from a practice which isn’t already a sponsor, they will have to be prepared to apply to become a sponsoring practice and complete this process before you apply for your CoS. Securing a Tier 2 license can take around 8 to 12 weeks so allow enough time for this.
  • More information and support for practices:
  • Once the license is granted, the practice can apply for your CoS.
  • When you have been assigned a CoS you must apply for your visa within three months but cannot apply more than three months before the start date of the job listed on the certificate. See certificates of sponsorship on GOV.UK.



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    About the authors

    Dr Adam Thomas and Dr Sophie Lumley are the current Co-Chairs of the RCGP AiT Network. They are both in their final year of GP training in Shropshire in the West Midlands. They both have a keen interest in medical education and leadership, having both completed National Medical Directors Clinical Fellowships.

    Adam has a masters in medical education and has previously worked in the assessments team at the GMC for his leadership fellowship.

    Sophie is an academic trainee and is currently completing a PGCert in Med Ed as part of her academic training. She worked at NHS England in the prevention team for a year before her GP training.

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