Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP) students who are undertaking an OSPAP MSc or current MPharm students who have a Tier 4 student visa cannot use this for their pre-registration training, as their Tier 4 visa does not allow them to work for the full 12-month period of pre-registration training. Most, but not all, overseas pharmacy graduates use Tier 2 (General) visas for pre-registration training. Some overseas pharmacy graduates can apply for other types of visa that enable them to work in the UK.
OSPAP PGDip students are not eligible for a Tier 2 visa as they are studying for a diploma and therefore will not score highly enough within the points based immigration process to be eligible for a Tier 2 visa.
The Pharmacist Support charity has created a useful Factsheet explaining the range of options available to overseas applicants, which can be found below.
The above information is for guidance only. Please visit The UK Border Agency for the most up to date information on immigration policy and we would advise all applicants with visa requirements to refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website.