Acceptable overseas PMQ (different from GMC recognised PMQ)
Verification of primary medical qualification
Knowledge and skills fit for UK practice (PLAB or Postgraduate Qualification or Accepted Licensing Exam)
Read our blog on accepted PMQs here. Or read up on verifying your PMQ with the GMC here.
At IMG Connect we always recommend that you prepare all of your documentation and get organised before starting any application. If you do, completing the online application will prove to be much quicker.
For full information on fees and discounts available visit the GMC website.
Standard fees are £420. Discounted fees of up to 50% are available depending on your gross annual worldwide income. If you are unsure if you qualify for a discount speak to your IMG Consultant at any time.
Providing the required evidence
Once you have made your online application the GMC will email you telling you what evidence you will need to provide copies of (which you will already have prepared).
Gather your documents and scan them as one PDF file.
Email these documents within 28 days of receiving this email to keep your application live.
Once the GMC have received your documents they will assess them and respond to you within five working days. At this point they will either ask for further evidence or consider your application complete.
If further evidence is required you will have 14 days to responds to keep your application live.
GMC ID Check
Congratulations! You are nearly there…
Now your online application is complete, the GMC will invite you to attend an identity check at one of the GMC offices in either London or Manchester. You must bring your original documents to this meeting.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMC temporarily suspended in-person ID checks, however from Tuesday 19th April 2022, doctors applying for, or restoring their registration, will once again need to complete a GMC ID at the London office before they will be granted registration.
You will have six months to book an appointment and complete your check. If you don’t complete it within this time, you will have to start a new application.
If you were granted registration without an identity check earlier in the pandemic, the GMC will offer you an ID check at the earliest convenience, so do look out for an email from them.
When you attend the GMC ID check, it provides us with a great opportunity to meet our doctors face to face and introduce ourselves over a coffee or lunch. Your IMG Consultant would love to arrange this with you, should this fit in with your busy schedule of course!
I've had my ID checked by the GMC, what next?
Congratulations are in order! Once you have attended your ID Check and presented your original documentation you are granted registration and can now work as a doctor in the NHS and Private UK Healthcare!