The changes to the Immigration Rules for Postgraduate Doctors and Dentists were announced by the Department of Health on 7 March 2006. We put transitional arrangements in place for those who had been offered a recognised training post before this date and which commences before 4 August 2006.
Those offered a post on or after 7 March 2006 would not be covered by these transitional arrangements, and the employer would need to show why they could not fill their post with a resident worker in order to be granted a work permit for a non-EEA national.
The new Rules came into effect on 3 April 2006. Before this date, those meeting the old Rules would still have been eligible for leave as a Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist.
The full transitional arrangements are available on the IND website at www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk.