Nurses are currently in high demand in Australia. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia. Most visa applications for nurses receive priority processing.
Eligibility Criteria for Nurses
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for a visa to work as a nurse.
To work in Australia as a nurse, you need to be assessed by either the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) or the nurse regulatory body in the State or Territory where you wish to work.
You must be in good health and have a certain level of education and experience. To work in a hospital or other health care area as a nurse, you need to pass a health examination which includes a chest X-ray.
Nurses can apply for either a temporary or a permanent visa.
Temporary Visa Options for Nurses
As a nurse, you can apply for the following temporary visa:
Temporary Business (Long Stay) - Standard Business Sponsorship
This visa allows registered nurses to work in Australia for an approved business sponsor, for a period of 3 months to 4 years. The employers can be either Australian or overseas businesses.
The Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa allows nurses to:
- work in Australia for a period between 3 months and 4 years
- bring any eligible secondary applicants with them to Australia – secondary applicants can work and study
- travel in and out of Australia any number of times after entering Australia
Other Visa Options for Doctors and Nurses
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
Doctors who have acquired full medical registration and are nominated by an employer can apply for permanent entry under the Employer Nomination Scheme.
Overseas nurses under 45 years of age with qualifications and work experience as a registered nurse, are eligible for a permanent visa under this scheme.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
Under this scheme, doctors and nurses could be sponsored by an Australian employer to work and live in regional Australia.
Doctors who have acquired full medical registration and are nominated by an employer to work in a regional area of Australia can apply for permanent entry under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
Overseas nurses with qualifications equivalent to an Australian diploma level qualification (2 years full-time study) or higher are eligible for a permanent visa.
Some employers who hire doctors or nurses may have labour agreements that enable them to recruit a specified number of professionals in response to identified or emerging skill shortages in Australia. The labour agreements facilitate either permanent or temporary entry to Australia.
- Employer Sponsored Visas Overview
- Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas
- Temporary Employer Sponsored Visas
- Other Sponsored and Professional Visas