THE RIGHT TO WORK IN THE UK
Registration with an appropriate regulatory authority does not give you the right to work in the UK.
If you are not a UK/EEA national, you will need to meet the requirements of UK visa and immigration regulations to gain the right to enter and work in the UK.
European Economic Area nationals
Dentists from the EEA with a primary qualification specified in the relevant EC Directive can register with the General Dental Council and practise in the UK based on that qualification. All dentists who qualified outside the UK must confirm the status of their registration and the documentation required for registration, with the GDC before they travel to the UK.
In certain circumstances, dental professionals who are non-EEA nationals but are family members of EEA nationals are entitled to be treated as EEA nationals for registration purposes. Non-EEA nationals must provide certain documents to prove this entitlement. The main conditions under which this condition applies are as follows:
- The non-EEA national must be a family member of an EEA national (other than a UK national).
- The EEA national is moving to work or reside in the UK, and a family member is accompanying them.
Non-European Economic Area nationals
Dentists from outside the EEA whose qualifications are not recognised for full registration with the GDC need to take the overseas registration examination (ORE). For information on the qualifications recognised for full registration, dentists should contact the GDC.
The ORE tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists from outside the EEA whose qualifications are not recognised for full registration with the GDC. The examination is based on the UK dental curriculum and uses modern assessment methods to ensure a robust and consistent examination.
Dentists who pass this examination become eligible to apply for full registration to practise in the UK.
All applicants need to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language competence before they can sit for the ORE and are required to demonstrate their linguistic competence by sitting for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).