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If you qualified as a social worker outside UK

Before you apply


Before you start your application, please read more about the process and what you need to do as part of the application. 

Scrutiny fee

As an EEA, Swiss or overseas professional applying to join the register, you need to pay a non-refundable scrutiny fee of £495. We will ask you to pay this fee towards the end of your application. You can pay the fee online, securely through GOV.UK Pay. If you are not able to pay online, you will have the option to pay via bank transfer. 

We will not be able to consider your application without this payment.

Once we have received payment, we will be able to check and verify your documents. We may also need to contact education providers, any relevant regulatory bodies and previous employers.

The scrutiny fee is different to the registration fee.

Registration fee

If your application is successful, you will also need to pay a registration fee.

When your registration fees are due, we will let you know via your online account.

Registration fees must be paid within 14 calendar days. If you don’t pay your registration fees within 14 calendar days, we will close your application.

If you still want to practise as a social worker in England, you will need to make a new application to join the register.

Your documents

Throughout the process, you can upload documents such as your qualification certificate.

If you are unable to upload your documents, or if we request further evidence, you must send us a certified copy of the original document.

Any documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Verifying your identity

If you have a UK address, you may be able to verify your identity using GOV.UK Verify. This is a secure way to prove who you are online.

You can read more about GOV.UK Verify

If you don’t live in the UK, you will need to provide documents that prove your identity and address for example, your passport and a utility bill dated within the last three months.

We will ask you for these documents after you’ve submitted your application.

If you need help or have any questions, you can call us on 08081962274 or email [email protected]

 

Last updated: 28 November 2019

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I qualified as a social worker in an EEA country or Switzerland

Click 'I qualified as a social worker in an EEA country or Switzerland' to read more about qualification and English language requirements. After you have read this, you will be able to create an online account and start your application. 

I qualified as a social worker overseas​

Click 'I qualified as a social worker overseas' to read more about qualification and English language requirements. After you have read this, you will be able to create an online account and start your application.