It’s going to be fine (at least until December 2020)

The NMC has released news that should reassure EU nurses and midwives who have settled or who want to settle in the UK.

Now that the UK has left Europe, many overseas nurses and midwives have been worrying about their status. The good news is that during the transition period (which is due to end on 31 December 2020), nothing has changed and EU rules and regulations still apply.

As far as the NMC is concerned, this means that the UK’s exit from Europe will not affect the registration of any professionals from the EU, EFTA (the European free trade area – Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland. Neither will Brexit affect anyone who wants to apply for NMC registration up to 31 December 2020.

High Value Overseas Nurses and Midwives

We all value the care and dedication provided by our overseas nurses, none more so than the NMC who said:

…the NMC considers nursing and midwifery professionals from the EU to be a vital part of the health and care workforce, providing better and safer care to thousands of people across the United Kingdom. Their commitment and dedication to the delivery of high standards of care is recognised by us and the large number of people they come into contact with each year”.

And so say all of us.

The Transition Period

The not so good news is that we don’t know what the registration procedure will be after 31 December 2020. During transition, the Government will negotiate with the EU and this will affect future registration. As soon as it is known how the registration process will be affected, the NMC will update their ‘What Brexit Means’ page, which you can link to here.

Settled Status

In the meantime, settled stated is required for any EU, EFTA or Swiss citizen who still needs to apply for UK immigration status.

If you haven’t already applied, and you will be living in the UK after 31 June 2021, the deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. For more information, click on our link to the EU Settlement Scheme.

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