Applying for registration with a licence to practise – graduates from medical schools in countries outside the UK and EEA who have an acceptable post graduate qualification

You have three months to submit your application from when you start it online. If you have not submitted your application after three months you will have to start a new one. Instructions on setting up your online account are given at the end of this guidance.

This section provides information for doctors who:

  • are nationals of countries outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who graduated from medical schools outside the UK


  • are UK nationals who graduated from medical schools outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland 



  • hold an acceptable primary medical qualification (PMQ)


  • have a UK or international postgraduate qualification recognised by the GMC.

UK medical Royal Colleges and the JRCPTB do NOT adjudicate if an international qualification is equivalent to its own qualifications or is an acceptable alternative to the MRCP (UK) qualification. As such they are NOT in a position to issue letters of equivalence.

Your practice in the UK will be subject to the requirements of our approved practice settings (APS) scheme until your first revalidation.

See our page on approved practice settings for more information.

Your next steps

  • Read this guidance (13 pages)
  • Set up a GMC Online account using the link at the end of this guidance
  • Log in to GMC Online, complete your application and pay your fee
  • Send copies of your supporting documentary evidence by post
  • Visit one of our offices for an identity check
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