Visas for GPs in Australia – still possible!

15 April 2019 | Clinic Owners and Practice Managers, UK/Ireland GPs | 2 minutes read

Visas for GPs in Australia – still possible!

With the new Visas for GPs Initiative now in effect we are receiving questions from GPs overseas asking if it is still possible to work in Australia.

The good news is that it is still possible and some GPs will be better off! The recent changes affect the 482, 186 and 187 visa. But with careful planning and timing we should be able to use a pathway to permanent residency rather than using temporary working visas as we have in the past.

Getting Permanent residency earlier has a number of advantages including:

  • Access to free public schooling. Temporary visa holders in most parts of Australia have to pay for access to public schools, but once you get PR you have access to free public education
  • Access to free public hospital health care via Medicare
  • More certainty for you and your family about your rights to stay in Australia
  • Not being reliant on employers sponsoring you for job
  • Easier to obtain finance to buy a house, and at a better interest rate

The pathway to PR is a little more complicated than applying for a standard temporary work visa so we highly recommend working with an experienced migration agency such as Carman & Associates and recruiter like Alecto – to make sure the timing of all the steps is right, otherwise you may find yourself in Australia and unable to work. This pathway is that it is best suited to those under 45 years of age although discuss with us in case you are eligible to apply for an age waiver.

It is also still possible to find work in Australia if you are relocating with a partner that is eligible to apply for a 482 visa. As a dependent visa holder will have full working rights and not require a health workforce certificate.

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This information has been produced in association with our migration agents – Carman & Associates If you have any questions email us at or call 1800 604 332.

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