Immigration to Australia: Visa Migration Advice for Nurses

Nurses are among the most sought after professionals in Australia, part of the reason being the growth in the aging population. If you are a nurse and would like to immigrate to Australia or extend your stay in Australia, now is an excellent time to take advantage of the existing career opportunities available. You may be eligible for a number of visa types and a migration agent can help you gain an Australian visa.

Qualifying conditions to get an Aussie visa for nurses

You must be a registered nurse or an enrolled nurse to be eligible for a visa. Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is also a must, with your skills assessed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Application pathways for nurses

There are different visa subclasses for nurses with each having a different set of requirements. It’s therefore important to seek advice from a qualified and professional migration agent.

189 – this visa subclass doesn’t require any state/territory/government/relative sponsoring and requires at least 60 points in the skilled migration points test to receive an invitation. It is a popular choice for many nurses.

187 – regional sponsored for skilled foreign workers

489 – this is a skilled provisional visa that is state-sponsored. This is possible if you have an Australian family member with permanent citizenship living in a designated area.

457 – this is the most common employer sponsorship offering a 4-year temporary visa with a minimum base salary set up at $53,900.

186 – this visa subclass offers a permanent visa for skilled workers

190 – this is a state-sponsored skilled visa

Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that visa subclasses 489, 190 and 189 deal with specific specialities while 187, 186, and 457 are for all nurse specialities. It’s important to compare your specialty against DIBP list to discover which visa subclasses you’re eligible for since this list changes from time to time.

Recognised overseas nursing qualifications 

AHPRA is likely to recognise bachelor level qualifications from the following countries: Singapore, Papua New Guinea, USA, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, UK, Chile, Hong Kong and Pakistan. You may need to take a bridging course in Australia if your qualification is not recognised.

For nurses, the most important thing for an Australian migration is to choose the right occupation, use the best application pathway, obtain a positive skills assessment and get registration in Australia. Get in touch with CAN Immigration if you need help immigrating to Australia. We’re immigration agents with the experience, expertise and knowledge to advise you on your immigration needs.