Foreign national mortgages
Providing foreign nationals and returning expats with an innovative proposition

We know foreign nationals and expats returning to the UK find it tough to get a mortgage. So, we've ditched the restrictive criteria and built a unique proposition.

Who it’s for?

  • Foreign nationals with a Skilled Worker Visa or Health and Care Worker Visa, already living and working in the UK.
  • Applicants returning to the UK who are purchasing a main residence.
  • Residential purchase and remortgage only.

Key criteria

Where no credit data is available we will manually underwrite cases to a maximum LTV of 75%.

Does my customer qualify?

Product features
Product range
  • Residential purchase or remortgage.
  • 2 and 3 year fixed options for foreign nationals.
  • 2 and 5 year fixed options for returning expats.
  • Capital repayment/IO/part and part (RV must be in GBP for IO and part and part).
  • Max 90% LTV for borrowers with sufficient UK credit data, or where The Nottingham can source sufficient overseas credit data from one of the following countries via its data partner.
  • Countries include: Australia, Austria, Canada, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Germany, India, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States.
  • Where the borrower is from one of the above countries listed, but an overseas credit file match is not successful, or there is insufficient credit information returned from the overseas bureau, the case can still be considered up to a maximum LTV of 75%.
  • In all cases where borrowers do not have sufficient UK or overseas credit data the maximum LTV is 75%.


Foreign nationals
  • Foreign nationals must be living in UK at the time of application
  • Must have either a Skilled Worker Visa, Health and Social Care Visa, or a Tier 2 Visa.
  • May include income for joint applicant on dependent's visa
  • No minimum time in UK requirement
  • No minimum remaining visa requirement
Residency: Expats
  • Expats may be overseas at the point of application but must be in the UK by the time of the mortgage offer.
  • All nationalities considered subject to standard KYC, fraud and sanctions checks.


  • No minimum income threshold (beyond those requirement to meet visa rules).
  • Standard Nottingham Building Society affordability checks.
  • Only incomes in GBP can be considered.
  • Accept additional allowances where shown to be stable and contractual.
  • Additional supporting documentation may be required to validate income if applicants have no UK or international credit data.
  • Standard rules on source of deposit apply (e.g. includes gifted deposits subject to standard AML checks).
  • Deposit must be held in a UK bank account at the point of application.


What maximum LTV will be applicable to my customer?

The maximum LTV we can offer will depend on availability of UK and overseas bureau data. This is outlined below.

Scenario Maximum LTV Application steps

Passes UK Experian check

Sufficient UK data (min. two years’ credit history)

Subject to standard credit decisioning rules   


Will show as a PASS at DIP stage and can proceed with application.

Underwriter will then contact the broker with a list of requested documents.

Credit file is available from overseas bureau partner  

Customer has come to the UK from one of the following countries AND has sufficient credit data from this country: 

Australia, Austria, Canada, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Germany, India, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States.

Subject to credit decisioning rules. 

Where data is not available, max LTV will be 75%.

Note – we do not have full CRA coverage in any country so in some cases will be unable to source data 


Where we have insufficient UK data, will show as a REFER in Broker Portal at DIP stage.

Please do not re-try as this will not change the REFER status. 

Underwriter will contact broker at the point of instigating the overseas search. 

Customer will receive email from our bureau partner with instructions.

Underwriter will contact broker to confirm next steps once credit data is received. 

Where no UK credit data AND no overseas data  

Customer is from outside of the countries covered by our overseas bureau partner.  


No data available following overseas search.


Will be subject to more detailed manual underwrite.

Underwriter will contact the broker with list of requested information and documents.


Frequently asked questions


What visa types will you accept?

We will accept applications from foreign nationals resident in the UK who hold one of the following UK Visas:  

  • Health & Care Worker Visa  
  • Skilled Worker Visa  
  • Tier 2 Visa 
  • Dependant's Visa (as a joint applicant) 

There is no requirement for these applicants to have been in the UK for a minimum period, or for applicants to have a minimum term remaining on the visa. 

Visas can either be verified by providing the Share Code (Home Office Service) or with a copy of the visa and accompanying letter. 

Which countries and nationalities will you accept applicants from?

All nationalities and countries will be considered but there may be some enhanced due diligence required with the application. This will be clearly outlined when the DIP is approved.

Does my customer have to be living in the UK at the time of application?

Products are for residential purchase or remortgage only. For foreign nationals we require the customer to be already in the UK. For returning expats, customers may begin an application from overseas but must be in the UK by the time we issue the mortgage offer.

Will you accept self-employed applicants?

No, at present this product is only for employed applicants.

Will my customer qualify for standard rates when they come to product transfer?

Yes, they will be able to apply for our standard product switch rates. We won’t have the enhanced rates for product switches.

Submitting an application

How do I submit an application?

Within our broker portal, click on 'Specialist Products’ button, then you will be presented with several specialist products (Foreign Nationals, Expats, Professionals).

You will have the option to start a Purchase, Re-mortgage or PMI. 

Within this page, you will find specific application buttons for Foreign National or Expat. 

Note – when inputting overseas addresses, these will need to be input manually. There may be validation errors on screen but you can still proceed with the application. 

Where you are using overseas bureau data, what does this process look like for the customer?

Our underwriters will contact brokers at the point of instigating the overseas search.  

Customers will receive an email from our bureau partner, which will be co-branded from The Nottingham. Customers will click on a link to take them to the bureau partner’s portal, following which the customer will need to confirm their identity and pass authentication checks.  

All of this is done online and will vary from country to country depending on individual CRA requirements and types of identify documentation available in specific countries.   

Please note, for security reasons, the customer will have 72 hours to instigate the process.

What are The Nottingham’s criteria relating to deposits?

The deposit must be held in a UK bank account at the time of application. Further verification may be required if the amount and source of deposit is inconsistent with the applicant’s financial profile.

How do brokers input details for financial dependants who are overseas?

Please only include UK based dependants in the ‘number of dependents’ field in the affordability calculator.  

Any funds sent to overseas dependants should be included as additional expenditure.

What evidence of income and supporting documentation will be required?

The affordability assessment is based on UK income only and we can’t accept any overseas or foreign currency income.  

Evidence of income and additional documentation will be required dependent on the applicant type. An email will be sent by an underwriter when the DIP is approved with a clear list of requirements, and documents should be uploaded to the broker portal. 


I have a married couple who have recently arrived in the UK, applicant 1 is on a Skilled Worker Visa and applicant 2 has a Dependant's Visa but is not currently working. Can I apply in applicant 1's sole name in case applicant 2 is unable to find work?

You can apply in sole or joint names. If applicant 2 is not working, affordability will be based on applicant 1's income. In the case of a sole application, we would need to consider where the deposit was coming from and applicant 2 may need legal advice regarding the deposit if they were contributing.

My customer is new to the UK on a Health & Care Visa. They have a spouse who is remaining in India. Can my customer buy the property in sole name even though he is married?

Yes, that’s fine, although any funds that are transferred to India for dependant's will need to be included in expenditure.

My customer has just arrived in the UK and has started work on a Skilled Worker Visa. Your criteria states that there is no minimum time in the UK but also states that you require minimum three months' employment before an application. Please can you clarify?

Where an applicant has not been employed for three months, we are able to consider a case if the applicant has been in the same line of work previously. For example, if they have been employed in healthcare overseas and have moved to the UK to work in healthcare here. In this scenario, we would require evidence of their previous employment.

My customer has just arrived in the UK and has their Skilled Worker Visa in place but has yet to start work. Am I able to apply prior to my customer starting their new role?

In this scenario, a DIP can be submitted but we would need to see evidence (such as a pay slip) that the applicant has started their new role with the application.

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