Pathways to Australia for Medical Practitioners

Temporary Work visas and Permanent Residence

The Department of Home Affairs through the Minister of Immigration maintains the Immigration program in Australia. Primarily, it is the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations 1994 that provides the legal background that governs immigration criteria and requirements for visas to Australia.

Temporary Work visa for up to 4 Years

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There are a number of temporary visas that allow medical practitioners to enter and work in Australia. The Temporary Skills Shortage visa - subclass 482 TSS visa - is one pathway that allows hospitals and medical entities to sponsor/nominate doctors whose skills are recognised in Australia.

The subclass 482 TSS visa has two streams: 1) a short term and 2) a medium to long term stream. For most medical professionals, Australia’s immigration program recognises these highly skilled individuals to fill medium-term critical skill employment vacancies for up to four years.

To meet the basic eligibility, the medical practitioner would hold a Bachelor’s Degree and amongst other documentation:

  • Be nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor;
  • Have the right skills to do the job;
  • Meet the relevant English language requirements;
  • Have at least one year of hospital-based training;
  • Be registered or have approval for registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority);

To know more about the available pathways for registration with the Medical Board of Australia, click here.

The pathway to Permanent Residence

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Prior to the TSS replacing the subclass 457 visa on the 18th April 2017, medical practitioner’s holding a 457 sub class visa for more than two years were eligible to be sponsored by their Australian employer (hospital or medical organisation) and could apply for Permanent Residence in Australia via the Employment Nomination Scheme – Permanent Residence – visa scheme to Australia.

From 18 April 2017 onwards

Subclass 482 TSS visa holders working in their nominated occupation for the previous 3 years and with earnings equal to or greater than the High Income Threshold throughout the period will be eligible to apply for the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) visa stream; or

Being a medical practitioner employed as a medical professional for a minimum of 3 years as TSS visa holder, in the previous 2 of those years the doctor was employed in regional Australia.

Unlike most other medical recruitment organisations, Medical Locum Services does not engage or outsource your private and confidential information. Our in-house Immigration Lawyer and Solicitor has over fifteen years’ experience and is registered with the MARA (the governing body for migration advice professionals) to expertly manage your visa application and confidential information.

Are you interested in working in Australia with MLS?

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