Doctor Immigration to Australia

Australia has always been a popular destination for immigrating to. Known for its sun, relaxed lifestyle, diversity and robust economy; migrants come to experience a better quality of life. If you’re a GP considering migrating to Australia, here’s everything you need to know about the pathways for moving to and working in this friendly and industrious country.

Pathways to Immigrate

General Migration

If you currently live and have gained your medical qualifications elsewhere, you have two programs to choose from to become a doctor in Australia.

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional Provisional

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated

Employer Sponsor Migration

With this option, your employer can act as your sponsor. As a skilled professional from outside of the country, there are three possible visas which allow you to migrate to Australia.

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage

Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme

Visa Types and Residency

You will be given a permanent residence if you apply for and are successful in getting 189 or 190 (the skilled nominated visas).

491 (the skilled work regional provision) and 482 (temporary skill shortage visa) only grant you the right to live and work in your chosen region for 3 years.

Family Migration

If you’re applying for a permanent visa to work as a GP in Australia, you can also apply for your family to move with you.

Application Process

The application process involves several steps:

  • Check eligibility and undergo a skills assessment.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
  • Await invitation from a state or territory.
  • Gather necessary documentation.
  • Lodge visa application.

Support and Assistance

Navigating the immigration process can be complex. Consider seeking assistance from a registered migration agent.

Additional Tips for Success

  • Obtain registration with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) if not already done.
  • Secure a job offer, if possible, to strengthen your application.
  • Improve English proficiency to enhance your assessment score.
  • Accumulate relevant experience to bolster your application’s competitiveness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can family members accompany me?

Yes, immediate family members can accompany you on a permanent visa.

What is the cost of the application?

Please schedule a strategy session with our award-winning lawyer for assistance with the cost.

Do I need a job offer to apply?

While not essential, having a job offer can strengthen your application.