Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice

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 


  • do not have EC rights (opens in a new window)


  • hold an acceptable primary medical qualification (PMQ)


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

Please note that 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.

You must work within an approved practice setting until your first revalidation. This means that you will only be able to work in settings that have been approved by the General Medical Council as having sufficiently supportive and quality assurance systems aimed at improving quality in place.

For more information on approved practice settings, please see our page on approved practice settings (opens in a new window).

Your application will be an online application. At the end of this guidance you will be given a link to enter our secure web portal which is called GMC Online.

Your next steps

  • Read this guidance (13 pages)
  • Set up an online account
  • Log in, 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

There is more information about these steps on the following pages of this guidance.

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