Medical Migration™

SKILLS IN DEMAND VISA

Skills in Demand Visa

The new Skills in Demand Visa was implemented in 2024. It replaced the the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa and made it much easier for Australian Healthcare employers to recruit overseas qualified staff to fill critical roles.

 

The Skills in Demand (SID) visa addresses labor shortages in the Medical sector by attracting skilled workers through three distinct pathways:

 

  • Specialist Skills Pathway
  • Core Skills Pathway
  • Essential Skills Pathway​

 

Most of Medical Doctors are in the Specialist Skills Pathway. Most overseas qualified Nurses are in the Core Skills Pathway, with some roles being classed under the essential Skills Pathway. Regardless of pathway, the benefits of the Skills in Demand Visa for Medical Professionals are evident by the drastically reduced visa processing time.

 

Specialist Skills PathwayCore Skills PathwayEssential Skills Pathway
Requires guaranteed annual earnings of at least $135,000 AUDRequires guaranteed annual earnings of at least $70,000 AUDFor those with earnings under $70,000 AUD per year but working in essential skill occupations
Priority 7 day processing21 day processing21 day processing
   

Australia Skills in Demand Visa Criteria for Medical Professionals

 
  • Be a qualified Medical Professional
  • Have an occupation on the Core Skills Occupation List (CSOL)
  • Be of any age
  • Have competent English skills
  • Be registered with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Get a formal job offer in Australia

Requirements for Skills in Demand applicants

OCCUPATION

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE AN OCCUPATION ON THE CORE SKILLS OCCUPATION LIST TO QUALIFY FOR THE SID EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISA

LANGUAGE

APPLICANTS MUST DEMONSTRATE A PROFICIENT LEVEL OF ENGLISH OR HAVE MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS THAT WERE TAUGHT EXCLUSIVELY IN ENGLISH

AGE LIMIT

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO WORK IN AUSTRALIA WITH THE SKILLS IN DEMAND VISA MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE TO MORE PEOPLE

JOB OFFER

MEDICAL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A  FORMAL JOB OFFER FROM AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYER. MEDICAL MIGRATION™ IS A DEDICATED RECRUITER TO THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

MEDICAL REGISTRATION

MEDICAL APPLICANTS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA. NURSING APPLICANTS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH AHPRA PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR JOBS IN AUSTRALIA

POINTS SCORE

SKILLS IN DEMAND EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISAS DO NOT HAVE A POINTS SCORE REQUIREMENT TO ACCESS THE 4 YEAR VISA WITH A CLEAR PATH TO AUSTRALIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE

For a Medical Professional to be eligible for employment in Australia their Medical Qualifications must have been taught exclusively in English. If an applicants qualifications have not been taught in English then an English Test is required. All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 for all modules.

Medical Professionals applying for jobs in Australia on the Specialist Skills Pathway are not required to have specific years of experience because experience is implied as evidence of Salary. Medical Professional job applicants on the Core Skills Pathway will be qualified in their role with at least 6 months post qualification experience. In our experience Australian Healthcare providers are not looking for entry level positions although we do recruit for these positions occasionally.

The Skills in Demand Visa, set to launch by the end of 2024, directly targets labor shortages in key industries by attracting skilled workers through three distinct pathways: Specialist Skills Pathway, Core Skills Pathway, and Essential Skills Pathway.

 

Each pathway has specific job offer requirements designed to ensure that only qualified and experienced professionals fill critical roles.

 

For the Specialist Skills Pathway, your job offer must guarantee annual earnings of at least AUD 135,000. You must secure a job from an approved Australian employer willing to sponsor you. The job must be full-time and meet all relevant Australian regulatory standards​.

 

In the Core Skills Pathway, your job offer must guarantee annual earnings of at least AUD 70,000, and the position must be on the new Core Skills Occupation List, which targets occupations in high demand. The job offer must come from an approved Australian employer ready to sponsor you, ensuring the job is full-time.

 

The Essential Skills Pathway caters to those with job offers guaranteeing annual earnings under AUD 70,000 in essential skill occupations. Initially focusing on aged care and disability support, it may expand to other sectors with persistent shortages.

 

All applicants must meet health and character requirements as part of the visa application process. In some cases, the sponsoring employer must demonstrate that they have tested the local labor market and were unable to find a suitable Australian candidate.

 

This visa streamlines the sponsorship process, reduces administrative burdens on employers and provides job security with longer sponsorship periods and a clear pathway to permanent residency for skilled migrants.

You can absolutely bring your family with you when you apply for the Skills in Demand Visa in Australia.

 

You must include your family members in your visa application, which means you need to provide the necessary documentation to prove your relationships, such as marriage certificates for your spouse and birth certificates for your children. This ensures that your spouse or de facto partner, as well as your dependent children, can accompany you to Australia.

 

Each family member included in your visa application must meet Australia’s health and character requirements. This involves undergoing medical examinations and getting police checks.

 

Meeting these requirements is crucial for the visa application process to proceed smoothly and for your family to join you in Australia without any issues.

 

Once your visa application is approved, your family members can enjoy several benefits. Your spouse or partner will have the right to work in Australia and your children will have the opportunity to attend Australian schools, ensuring they receive a quality education.

 

Your family can access Australia’s public healthcare system under the Medicare program. Including your family in your Skills in Demand Visa application allows you to bring them with you to Australia, ensuring they receive similar benefits and rights.

There are two ways to get registered by the Medical Board of Australia as a Doctor.

 

Use Medical Migration to arrange your Registration

 

As the fastest growing dedicated Medical Recruiter of overseas qualified staff for the Australian Healthcare Industry, Medical Migration can take full responsibility for your Registration. The cost of this service is USD $995 and takes around 12 weeks. You will be assigned a Dedicated Account Manager who will liaise with you throughout the process.

 

Do the registration yourself and then register with our agency for Jobs

 

The following guide details how to make your own application to the Medical Board of Australia:

 

To work as a medical professional in Australia, you must register with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).

 

Start by identifying which registration pathway applies to you. The main pathways include the Competent Authority Pathway for doctors trained in countries with comparable standards, the Standard Pathway for those needing to complete the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, and the Specialist Pathway for overseas-trained specialists.

 

Next, complete the Primary Source Verification (PSV) through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) using the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) system.

 

Create an EPIC account, submit your credentials, and allow EPIC to contact the issuing institutions to verify your qualifications. This verification process confirms the authenticity of your medical credentials and is mandatory for all international medical graduates.

 

If you are on the Standard Pathway, you must pass the AMC exams. The AMC MCQ Exam tests your basic medical knowledge through multiple-choice questions, while the AMC Clinical Exam assesses your clinical skills in a practical setting.

 

Submit your application to the Medical Board of Australia, ensuring you include all required documentation such as proof of qualifications, work experience, and PSV reports.

 

Complete the online application form on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website and pay the applicable fees.

 

Demonstrate your English language proficiency through exams like IELTS or OET, unless you are exempt because your medical education and practice were in English.

 

The Medical Board of Australia will then assess your application. This process includes reviewing your documents and possibly requesting additional information or an interview. If required, you may need to complete a period of supervised practice to demonstrate your ability to work independently in the Australian healthcare system.

 

Once you meet all the requirements, the MBA will grant your registration, allowing you to practice medicine in Australia.

There are two ways to get registered by AHPRA as an Overseas Qualified Nurse

 

Use Medical Migration™ to arrange your Registration

 

As the fastest growing dedicated Medical Recruiter of overseas qualified staff for the Australian Healthcare Industry, Medical Migration can take full responsibility for your AHPRA Registration. The cost of this service is USD $995 and takes around 12 weeks. You will be assigned a Dedicated Account Manager who will liaise with you throughout the process.

 

Do the registration yourself and then register with our agency for Jobs

 

Begin by completing the self-check and eligibility assessment on AHPRA’s website. Provide your personal details, degree information, and study location. AHPRA will place you in the appropriate registration stream (A, B, or C). After this, pay the $640 fee for orientation and complete the online training. Then, proceed with the registration form.

 

Gather and certify your documents, including proof of identity, employment statements, English proficiency, university transcripts, CV, degree certificates, a Fit2Work check, and a Certificate of Good Standing from your Nursing Regulatory Authority. Send your complete application to AHPRA and track its delivery. Upon arrival in Australia, visit an AHPRA office to present your identity within the given timeframe.

 

The entire process can take several months, so start early to ensure a smooth transition to your nursing career in Australia.

Medical Migration™ are specialist recruiters for the Australian Healthcare System. As part of the Migration Consultant LLC Global network we sometimes process visas for our applicants. However, the fees for this processing are covered by your new employer.

 

We only work with Healthcare Employers that are already approved sponsors in Australia. This means our employers have already hired overseas staff and have the necessary internal and external processes in place to handle all Australia Visa applicants.

 

Please note that it is illegal in Australia for an employer to ask you to pay for your own Visa Processing. If you encounter such an offer, please disregard it.

 

Medical Migration™ are not MARA Agents. Please do not confuse recruitment companies with Visa Agents.

 

Once you’ve decided to work in Australia as a Medical Professional your first step is to get registered with the Medical Board of Australia (for Doctors) and AHPRA (for Nurses).

 

The Medical Board of Australia process can take as little as 12 weeks, and AHPRA registration can take us to 5 months due to the volume of applications they receive from Overseas Qualified Nurses.

No, we cannot guarantee to find you a job in Australia. While we provide extensive support, guidance, and resources to assist you in your job search, securing employment ultimately depends on various factors beyond our control such as individual employer decisions.