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Asylum seeker and refugees

Asylum seeker and refugee membership is available for free until the applicant receives GDC registration.

This membership gives dentists who are refugees or asylum seekers in the UK all the benefits of Essential membership with the exception of voting rights. 

To qualify for this membership, you must have applied for or been awarded Asylum Seeker or Refugee status. You will not be currently working as a dentist, but you will be actively working towards registering as a dentist with the General Dental Council. 

You must also provide: 

  • A copy of your original dental qualification
  • Evidence of your Asylum Seeker or Refugee status, including your ILR (Indefinite leave to remain)
  • A letter of good standing from your home dental association (if available)

Advice: Overseas dentists working in the UK

Dentists who qualified overseas need to comply with a variety of requirements before working in the UK. Depending on where you qualified, there are several routes to join the UK register.