MPharm and BSc Optometry students can now apply for Tier 5 in order to complete their pre-reg year
Pharmacy - MPharm
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will now sponsor MPharm graduates under their Pharmacy Professional Sponsorship Scheme (PPSS).
This will only be available to MPharm students enrolled in the UK on Pharmacy programmes who will graduate in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015
. Students who wish to work in the UK for a while after the pre-reg (not possible with Tier 5, see below) might be better to apply under Tier 2 (General)
, where the minimum salary for pre-reg students is now £20,300. UK Visas and Immigration expect that migrants will have obtained or applied for their Tier 5 visa prior
to starting their pre-reg placement.
Please read the PPSS handbook on the RPS website for more information on how the scheme works.
Pharmacy - OSPAP
The RPS will only sponsor MSc OSPAP graduates to do their pre-registration year if they have graduated in 2012 or 2013 (and no later). The current RPS guidelines for the PPSS state that OSPAP students graduating in 2012 or 2013 will be eligible as long as they have obtained the OSPAP MSc. Those with the OSPAP PG Diploma are not eligible to apply.
The College of Optometrists will now sponsor BSc Optometry graduates under their scheme for pre-reg students
. Those students who decide not to take the MOptom and extend their Tier 4 student visas
may be able to get a visa under Tier 5 instead. You won't be able to work in the UK after your pre-reg if you use Tier 5 (see below), so all students are advised to take the MOptom and extend Tier 4 where possible. The College also state on their website that they will not allow students to start their pre-reg until the Tier 5 visa has been granted and received
, unless they are taking it as a placement as part of the MOptom programme.