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Advice needed - Nursing in Oz

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Hi,

 

I'm hoping to get some kind of visa to work as an adult nurse in Oz. Ideally I'd like to get a 457 visa, but recently it seems like there's been a slowdown in overseas recruitment for nursing jobs in Oz. Does anyone have any advice regarding potential employers who are offering sponsorship? I've only got 15 months experience, and because I'm over the hill, can't do the whole working holiday thing :-(

 

Also, I wanted to ask for your advice regarding AHPRA and ANMAC :-) So, is it correct that as a UK registered nurse I could apply to AHPRA for registration? I've heard that once you're registered with AHPRA it can put you in a better position to get sponsored jobs. But if I can't get a sponsor, I've heard that I'll need an ANMAC assessment to go down the PR route; is there any disadvantage to applying for ANMAC at a later date? Or would it be best to do the both at the same time?

 

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

 

Tubs

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Hi Tubs,

Can I just ask what you think is over the hill? I've just turned 45, and hopefully will be getting my PR soon.

All the best.

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AHPRA can be a long winded process as you have to prove qualifications, CPD, get certified etc., in fact you do as much to get your registration as you do to get your skills assessed :). We came out on a 457 and potential employers do ask that you have or have applied for registration as they don't particularly want to wait months for you to start, we got our 457 through in May and were out here in June with a start date at work of July.

 

ANMAC skills assessment you will need if and when you go for permanent residency and is valid for 2 years when approved.

 

Hope this helps even though it wasn't that long ago for us because of the work (and stresses) involved some of it is now a blurr :)


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Date applied - 15 November 2017

City/Council area - Cockburn, WA

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Date received the acknowledgement email - 15 November 2017

Date of the Citizenship Test - 24 August 2018

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Hi Tubs,

 

It's definitely worth sending your CV into some specialist nursing recruiters, a lot of the positions are found this way and they will also give you advice on completing the AHPRA registration process.

 

All the best,


Client Service Manager - QuickVisas / Carman & Associates.

www.QuickVisas.co.uk

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Hi Geordiegirl, thank you for your reply :-) Its good to know that you're getting a visa sorted.

 

When I said 'over-the-hill", what I was referring to is the fact that I'm over 30... Turned 40 this year (Ugh! How did I get this far!?). I know a points based visa is a possibility, the problem is that with a relatively short career as a nurse to date, I could only qualify for the temporary regional 489 in some areas (notably regional WA and NSW). Only after 2 years of living and working in the region is there is the option to apply for PR. This isn't a problem in itself, regional life is attractive, but I worry that there is a risk of difficulty in finding work in our nominated region once we arrive. My thinking was that if I could get a few years experience with a sponsor, I might then be able to apply for a less restrictive PR visa when the time came.

 

Good luck with your PR visa, I hope it comes to you soon!

 

Tubs

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Hi Robswife, thank you for your advice, with that in mind I think I'll start the process for AHPRA now!

 

Tubs

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Hi Tubs,

 

It's definitely worth sending your CV into some specialist nursing recruiters, a lot of the positions are found this way and they will also give you advice on completing the AHPRA registration process.

 

All the best,

 

Cool, thanks Adam, I'll defo follow this up.

 

Tubs :-)

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Hi Geordiegirl, thank you for your reply :-) Its good to know that you're getting a visa sorted.

 

When I said 'over-the-hill", what I was referring to is the fact that I'm over 30... Turned 40 this year (Ugh! How did I get this far!?). I know a points based visa is a possibility, the problem is that with a relatively short career as a nurse to date, I could only qualify for the temporary regional 489 in some areas (notably regional WA and NSW). Only after 2 years of living and working in the region is there is the option to apply for PR. This isn't a problem in itself, regional life is attractive, but I worry that there is a risk of difficulty in finding work in our nominated region once we arrive. My thinking was that if I could get a few years experience with a sponsor, I might then be able to apply for a less restrictive PR visa when the time came.

 

Good luck with your PR visa, I hope it comes to you soon!

 

Tubs

 

If you want PR, then go for PR straight away. Are you sure there is no way of getting 60? I tested myself when I was over 40 and was easily able to reach 60 points. For some people, the 457 visa can sour things from the start, if you don't like the boss for example and you can end up feeling trapped. Post up your points and perhaps we can see if you missed something.

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Hi again,

I agree Rupert, I was 44, and had 70 points, went for SS, because of imminent price hike in July! But if Tubs can get ielts score of 8+ then I would think even with only a little experience might be enough to gain 60?

But I'm no expert!

All the best.

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If you want PR, then go for PR straight away. Are you sure there is no way of getting 60? I tested myself when I was over 40 and was easily able to reach 60 points. For some people, the 457 visa can sour things from the start, if you don't like the boss for example and you can end up feeling trapped. Post up your points and perhaps we can see if you missed something.

 

Hi Rupert

 

Wow, thank you for your help! OK, so here are my points:

 

[TABLE]

[TR]

[TD]FACTOR[/TD]

[TD]POINTS[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Age (because I'm 40 yo)[/TD]

[TD]15[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]English Language (subject to IELTS score of 8)[/TD]

[TD]20[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Qualifications (Degree)[/TD]

[TD]15[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Work Experience (1 years post qualification)[/TD]

[TD]0[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Regional State/Territory Sponsorship (e.g.WA)[/TD]

[TD]10[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD][/TD]

[TD][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Total POINTS[/TD]

[TD]60

[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

 

I don't qualify for any of the other points e.g. my better half doesn't have a skill on the list; I've never lived or studied in Oz, and got no relies there either (just friends, which sadly, don;t count!).

 

Thank you for your help :biggrin:

 

Tubs

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