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Finding a job here in the Philippines is both difficult and time consuming. With a lot of people looking for jobs and the rate of unemployment continuously increasing, Filipinos find ways in seeking better opportunities in different countries overseas. Professionals from the Internet Technology and Medical Care are just two examples of in demand jobs overseas.

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It has been on the news recently that the United Kingdom and Ireland healthcare facilities and hospitals are in need of nurses. The demand is estimated to about 700 nurses according to the news. This is a great opportunity for Filipino nurses to get a job where they can work to earn money and explore the beautiful country of the UK.

However, taking this job opportunity is not that easy. There are a number of requirements that must be completed upon application. Here are the requirements:

· Registration with the United Kingdom’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

· Completion of the IELTS UKVI or the International English Language Testing System exam for the United Kingdom Immigration and Visas. The candidate should get an overall band score of 7.0 in the Academic Module.

· Passing a two-part competency examination composed of a Computer-Based Test (CBT) to be taken in the Philippines and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to be done in the UK.

· Applicants for Ireland need an IELTS UKVI score of 6.5.

Applicants who pass CBT are qualified for the OSCE. The applicants will be granted a visit visa that is to expire within six months. If in any case the applicant fails OSCE, he or she can retake it twice. If the candidate still fails to do so, he or she would have to go back to the Philippines before the six-month visa expires. Passers of OSCE are automatically registered nurses with the NMC.

The applicant, however, has to go back to the Philippines and apply for a Tier 2 visa sponsored by a UK employer. Before leaving the Philippines for the UK, the applicant should have an exit clearance with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

For Filipino nurses, it is best to start preparing for the application by understanding the English language requirement – the IELTS UKVI test.

The IELTS UKVI test measures the individual’s the ability to understand and use English in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Some Filipinos overlook the exam to be a simple English comprehension test. However, it is recommended for Filipino nurses to take the exam seriously and take necessary steps in preparing for the test. Here is how one can prepare for the IELTS UKVI test:

· Read English resource materials to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary.

· Watch English movies and listen to English songs. It is best to surround oneself with English to get used to with the language.

· Review on grammar. Most candidates have difficulty expressing themselves in English in the speaking and writing tests. Take grammar lessons and speaking classes to improve skills.

· Find an IELTS UKVI review center to help you prepare for the test. IELTS coaches give feedback and make sure the candidate is test-ready before the exam.

· Practice makes perfect. Always use the English language. Be confident in using it every day.

The opportunity for Filipino nurses to work in UK is a chance they should not miss. Start working on those requirements and take the IELTS.

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