Dear Valcke, thank you for your quick reply.
Responding to your questions:
1. please could you confirm that you and your wife are both registered as doctors in Brazil and have completed your internships?
Yes, since we have a 6-year graduation at medical school in Brazil, with 2 years of internship, I believe that we are able to skip at least the F1, and start as F2 doctors in the Foundation Programme. We can provide such documentation to the UKFPO (Eligibility Office).
2. please could you confirm from which university you and your wife hold your qualification?
Yes, we have recently graduated in the Federal University of Santa Maria (2013).
3. please could you confirm whether you or your wife have worked as a doctor in another EU country? If so where and for how long?
No, we haven`t worked in any EU country yet.
4. what will be your role as a visiting doctor/international attache? Will you be studying? If so is the institution where you will study a university hospital?
During an attache, I get involved with the ward activities, which include preparing audits to improve the quality of care, take part in multidisciplinary team meetings, giving lectures to medical students eventually, and shadowing the consultants.
It may be possible to me to get an attache period at an university hospital, but it would be easier in other NHS specialized centre (for example, LHCH in Liverpool) where I know some of the staff already. However that is not an university institution, the specialties registrars from merseyside rotate through the hospital as well.
5. Will you be provided with accommodation free of charge by the hospital?
No, the hospital charges monthly for their accommodation, which is very close to the hospital complex. However, I am free to rent any other place to stay if I want.
PS: We are also able to provide financial self-sufficiency, once we will still have our salaries in Brazil until our applications (by October 2014).
6. why do you want to be considered as an EEA student? Would you be content with the status of EEA worker?
Actually, what me and my wife want is to be able to apply for the academic foundation programme next year, and to match our applications after confirming that we are eligible to apply. We carry the "full" license in Brazil, i.e., we can work in both public or private initiative here. However, we intend to keep studying in UK (as F2, and than join trainee/registrar programmes), so I am not sure which license we would need for now.
7. By the eligibility period (usually between July and August 2014), we will have been officially married for around 7 months. However, we could provide documentation of a stable relationship since 2008.
8. If you can, please refer about the possibility of my wife being an exemption person, and how we should proceed in this context. By doing that, we will only have to take the SJTs (we have the IELTS certificate already), and she will skip the PLABs examinations. This a crucial information for our future decision.
Thank you for helping us,