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Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK - arrangements for NHS and social work students from 2016/17

The Department of Health has finalised arrangements for pre-registration healthcare and social work students who have Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK.

Students with the above type of residency who are commencing NHS healthcare professional courses from 1 September 2016 may now qualify for an NHS Bursary or a Social Work Bursary if they can demonstrate that they are either:

  • under 18 years of age on the first day of their first academic year and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years (including 3 years of lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)
  • aged 18 years and above on the first day of their first academic year and have either spent at least half their life in the UK or at least 20 years in the UK (including 3 years of lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)