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Skilled Worker Visa - How to obtain a UK ENIC (formerly known as UK NARIC) certificate

Understand how to apply for your UK ENIC certificate in support of your Skilled Worker Visa application.

Choosing the service that is right for you

You will need to obtain a UK ENIC certificate if you would like to:

  • satisfy the English language mandatory requirement for a Skilled Worker Visa; and/or
  • prove that your PhD awarded by an overseas institution is genuine and equivalent to a UK PhD if you are looking to use your PhD qualification as a 'tradeable point' for a Skilled Worker Visa

Satisfying the English language requirement

If you have an academic degree taught in English, but it was awarded by a body from outside the UK, it must be proven by confirmation from UK ENIC (formerly known as UK NARIC) that your qualification meets the requirements found here.

If you are unsure if you need to prove your English proficiency, please visit our guidance found here or contact the Staff Immigration Team.

Choosing the correct service

Please visit the Ecctis Visas and Nationality services section of the website and select:

  • Visas and Nationality Service (English proficiency) (if you do not have a PhD), or
  • Visas and Nationality Service (PhD verification with English proficiency) (if you do have a PhD).

Satisfying the PhD tradeable point requirement

If you are looking to use your PhD qualification as a ‘tradeable point’ for any role listed as being eligible for PhD points in Table 1 of the Government’s Appendix Skilled Occupations, and your recognised qualification was awarded to you by an overseas institution, UK ENIC (formerly known as UK NARIC) must verify it as genuine and equivalent to a UK PhD.

You will need to provide the UK ENIC reference number when prompted so this can be included on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Choosing the correct service

Please visit the Ecctis Visas and Nationality services section of the website and select:

  • Visas and Nationality Service (PhD verification) (if you do not also need to prove your English proficiency), or
  • Visas and Nationality Service (PhD verification with English proficiency) (if you also need to prove your English proficiency).