Following a challenge initiated by the Medical School and its legal team in London, and with support from the UK General Medical Council (GMC), the UK Home Office has accepted that our graduates comply with the relevant Immigration Rules for Foundation training in the UK, having been awarded a relevant degree (the MBBS of St George’s, University of London).

Further to this confirmation from the Home Office, the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) has agreed that applicants for the UK Foundation Programme from the St George’s, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia who have currently fulfilled all components for the 2017 application process and qualify for Tier 5 visas, will be invited to re-join the recruitment process.

Under current UK guidelines, graduates are eligible to apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa if they are aged 18 to 30 and from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea or Taiwan.

In parallel, our plans to establish the UK F1 Programme in Cyprus are progressing. We see the F1 Programme in Cyprus as an option for graduates to apply for full registration with a licence to practise with GMC even if they are unable to secure a visa to undertake F1 in the UK.