Australia has always welcomed individuals who want to broaden their professional career beyond the borders. The country prefers professionals from different fields and offers opportunities for a well-established career.
Recently, there has been an interest in recruiting the best and brightest professional nurses from all over the globe. This particular professional sector has shown high demand over the years and has an immense international scope as well.
In Australia, nurses are highly valued and respected. However, there are certain requirements if an individual wants to work as a nurse in the country. It is important to meet these requirements in order to establish a legally justified career. Registration formalities of the “Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia” and the “Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)” must be fulfilled.
For registration, proof of your educational qualifications from recognised institutions will be required. You will also have to meet the English requirements. AHPRA recognises Bachelor-level qualifications from Belgium, Singapore, Chile, Hong Kong, Ireland, Pakistan, Papua, UK, USA, Canada and New Guinea. For the English requirements, individuals with OET, IELTS, iBT, TOEFL and PTE Academic are accepted.
In Australia, the profession of Nursing has been added to the "Skilled Occupations List". There are different facets of nursing like mental health, aged care, critical care, emergency and surgical nurses. Individuals specialised in all these facets can apply. However, they will be required to pass a skill assessment for their chosen qualifications. Moreover, in some cases work experience in the field will also be required.
For applying to work as a nurse in Australia, the individual is required to apply through the General Skilled Migration. It is advised to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. For this purpose, prospective nurses will have to score a minimum of 60 points. Applicants are not required to have sponsorship by any state, government, territory or employer to apply for this visa. Although, if the individual fails to meet the requirement of 60 points due to reasons such as higher age and low level of English, they may seek alternative means, such as visas that allow sponsorship.
A sponsorship by the state government or territory will earn the individual an extra 5 to 10 points. This will help them have better scope in the SkillSelect process. On the other hand, family sponsorship can also be used for the application. This is possible through the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa. Additionally, 10 extra points can also be earned through the Subclass 489 visa.
It is important to mention that employers have been known to offer, at times, a sponsorship to the nurses they hire from foreign countries. For this purpose the 457 visa (temporary), ENS visa (permanent visa with conditions) and the RSMS visas are available to explore these options.
Therefore, a successful nursing career is possible after immigration if you have authentic registration and positive skill assessment results.
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