Explore visa options

It’s important to properly research which visas you’re eligible for, and then choose one that will suit your circumstances best. If there is a chance that you might like to stay in Australia longer than expected, its a good idea to know which visa you might transition to, so you can plan your visa pathway properly.

Registered Nurses usually have a variety of visa options to choose from in order to work in Australia, the main ones are grouped below. Remember to always refer to the official Australian Government website for up-to-date information on visas.

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday visa is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia. It is a relatively cheap and easy option for nurses wanting to experience working in Australia for a year – with the option to extend temporarily.

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

General Skilled Migration

General Skilled Migration is for visa applicants with recognised skills, qualifications and work experience. Some Registered Nurses will be eligible to apply for the following types of visas.

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points tested stream

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)

Employer Sponsored Visas

Employer sponsored visas help Australia’s employers by enabling them to recruit and nominate skilled people, such as nurses, to fill positions that they have not been able to fill from the local labour market or through up-skilling their own workforce.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

Temporary Skill Shortage visa

This visa is designed to assist employers fill labour shortages by attracting skilled workers from overseas. This type of visa may be an option for nurses in high demand in the Australian market, for positions that are difficult to fill locally.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

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