If you’re researching how to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse you’ve hit the right spot. At Let’s Go Global one of our areas of key expertise is Medical Migration and we assist many thousands of nurses every single year with their eligibility and visa questions, as well as work with many of them in a formal capacity, taking care of all the red tape and bureaucracy the surrounds Australian Immigration.
We’ll shortly be launching our own dedicated recruitment desk setup specially to assist qualified nurses emigrate to Australia which will initially be for the exclusive disposal of Let’s Go Global Clients.
It is absolutely possible to Emigrate to Australia as a Nurse and qualified nurses are in very high demand although you will need to meet certain criteria before you’re able to emigrate.
Firstly, you’ll need to score 65 Points on the Australian Immigration Points matrix.
Age 18 – 24 = 25 points
Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
Age 45+ Not Eligible
PHD = 20 points
Degree = 15 points
Trade Qualification = 10 points
Good = 20 points
Medium = 10 points
Basic = 0 points
If your partner is under 45 and has an occupation on either of the in demand lists they could earn the overall application an extra 5 points by having their skills formally assessed for Australian Immigration.
Good = 20 points
Medium = 10 points
Basic = 0 points
There are no extra points for having a master’s or second degree.
When you’re looking to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse and checking out your options you’ll find that its not just Australia as a whole that wants your skills on a federal basis, its also the individual states and territories themselves which have nursing on their ‘local’ in demand occupation lists.
For example, the following Australian States & Territories have an urgent need for Nurses and Midwives:
By agreeing to live and work in one of these States for a period of two years you can claim an extra five points on your overall visa application for State Nomination and Sponsorship (190 Visa). And if you agree to live outside of the major metropolitan areas then the following states may award you 10 extra points for a 489 visa.
New South Wales
Secondly, in order to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse you’ll need a positive Skills Assessment with ANMAC, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. It’s the job of ANMAC to establish your suitability to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse and is a complicated process.
To successfully pass the stringent criteria laid down by ANMAC for nurses emigrating to Australia you will need to provide:
Evidence of name change (if applicable)
Letter of Good Standing for migration purposes
Detailed and migration specific references from every employer
English Test Results
Confirmation of the Theory and Practice hour components of your course
The ANMAC fee is currently $515 AUD
Our Medical Migration team assist good, qualified and busy nurses just like you, day in day out with their ANMAC and visa applications and we are proud of our success rate.
After your ANMAC skills assessment has been returned positive we’ll create and submit your Expression of Interest. The EOI, as its more commonly known is a pool or database of candidates all looking to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse. It’s important therefore that this submission gets done correctly and places you in the very best possible light.
Once your expression of interest is lodged it can take up to two years to be invited to apply although on average nurses tend to receive their invitations in around four months depending on points score. Our record is a nurse receiving their invitation to apply within 72hrs of the EOI being lodged.
The total fees do mount up so its important to have a clear idea of the financial side of emigrating to Australia as a Nurse:
ANMAC: $515 AUD
Australian Visa Fee for the main applicant: $3755 AUD
Australian Visa Fee for the Second applicant such as partner or spouse: $1875
Australia Visa Fee for Children Under 18: $940
If you choose to engage the Professional Services of Let’s Go Global our fees fixed and dependent on a number of factors such as complexity of your case and the number of people included on the application.
As a qualified Nurse scoring 65 points you are eligible to emigrate to Australia on a 189, 190 and 489 Visa class. The 189 and the 190 allow you to live and work in Australia and can convert into Dual Citizenship and Nationality. The 489 initially lasts for four years and can convert into Permanent Status also.
The Employer Sponsored Visa class is now known as the TSS Visa and can also lead to eventual Permanent residency status after a few years.
Once I emigrate to Australia as a Nurse can my family come with me?
Of course. Eligible family members include your partner / spouse and any children you have although each applicant does have to pass their own Character Background checks and their medicals.
Once I emigrate to Australia as a Nurse how do I get registered?
AHPRA is the Registration Body in Australia responsible for Nursing registration and whilst their requirements are like those of ANMAC there are some differences including the specific components of your qualification course being examined in detail.
The final stage of AHPRA requires that you present in person at an AHPRA office within three months of receiving an initial letter of determination therefore it’s usual practice to leave your AHPRA registration until you’ve received your invitation to apply to emigrate to Australia as a nurse.
If you feel like taking a deep dive into the requirements check our in-depth article for moving to Australia as a Nurse
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Thank you for the information, really useful. My question is about my Diploma, will it be enough to emigrate to Australia as a Nurse with an Advanced Diploma?
Hi Helen, thank you for the feedback. Our Lets Go Global Medical Migration team believe in operating with transparency on all aspects of Emigrating to Australia as a Nurse.
Unfortunately we'll need to show your degree to be successfully in an Australian Migration application as a Nurse.