Applying for a UK visa is a primary consideration for any overseas partner coming to the UK. Follow the guidance below to make sure you include the right information.

Health Partnerships often decide to invite a member of an overseas partner to the UK for specialised, on-the-job training, and to gain a practical awareness of good practice. While the visit is valuable for the overseas visitor, often the most valuable aspect of these trips is the development of the partnership and individual relationships.

Applying for a UK visa is a primary consideration for any overseas partner coming to the UK.

The following provides guidance regarding letters of support from health partnerships who are planning on applying for visas for short visits to the UK. These letters should be submitted with the other supporting documents required by the visa application.

The hosting UK health partnership’s letter should include:

  • The applicant’s full name
  • Applicant’s date of birth
  • Applicant’s passport number
  • Reason why applicant is being invited to the UK (e.g. for specialist training that will assist them in their home country), and under which scheme/programme, if applicable.
  • Duration of stay
  • Confirmation of who will be paying applicant’s costs – flights, accommodation, personal expenses such as food.
  • Confirmation that after the training or event, the applicant will be going back to their own country
  • Contact point within the UK

The institution in the applicant’s home country should state:

  • Applicant’s full name and date of birth
  • Confirmation that the applicant is working at the hospital/clinic, and in which capacity
  • Confirmation that the hospital/clinic is allowing the applicant leave of ‘x’ weeks to come to the UK for training/events
  • The applicant is going to go back to work there after the training.
  • Additionally, if the applicant does have a bank account, a recent bank statement showing normal transactions (for example, wage deposits, money going out for bills etc.) would also be useful.


If requested, THET will be able to provide a personalised letter of support that contextualises the visit into the wider health partnership movement. If you require us to do this, please contact with the health partnership and visit details for more information.

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