Shortage Occupation List

The shortage occupation list is an official list of occupations for which there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) regularly reviews the list and calls for evidence of which occupations should be included or removed.

Core Psychiatry Training has been added to the shortage occupation list; this took effect in relation to immigration decisions made on or after 6 April 2015.

Registration with the GMC

You need to be eligible for full GMC registration by the application closing date and hold full registration by the time of post start date. Since 16 November 2009, all doctors wishing to practise medicine in the UK have been required by law to hold both registration and a licence to practise. This applies to full time, part time, locum, private and NHS practitioners.

Application for Core Psychiatry Training

You will apply through the normal route to Core Psychiatry Training, through National Recruitment.


  1. Primary Medical Qualification
  2. Registration with the GMC
  3. English Language Skills
  4. Evidence of achievement of Foundation competence

For further details on the requirements and the application process, please view the National Recruitment guidance documents.

Due to the inclusion of Core Psychiatry Training on the shortage occupation list, applicants from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) are now able to apply through the first round of applications as there is no requirement for the Resident Labour Market Test  (RLMT) to be met.

Tier 2 Visa

To obtain a Tier 2 visa you must have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship from an organisation that is a licensed sponsor in the UK.

From August 2015, all new trainees requiring Tier 2 sponsorship will be sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), as HEE has been granted a national Tier 2 sponsorship licence from the Government’s UK Visas and Immigration.

There is further information about Tier 2 visas on the UK Government's website.

Guidance for employers

Employers who wish to recruit an individual from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to fill a vacancy that is on the shortage occupation list, may issue a Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship (CoS) without the need to demonstrate that a resident labour market test (RLMT) has been carried out.

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