Australia changes the employer sponsorship visa requirements for overseas doctors

Posted on March 6, 2019

The Department of Health in Australia has started the “Visas for GPs Initiatives’, which will commence from 11 March 2019. According to this initiative, the employers who want to employ a healthcare worker from outside Australia under the employer sponsorship visa have to take the Health Workforce Certificate. The employer must take the certificate before lodging the nomination application for subclass 482 (Skilled Shortage Visa), subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) or for subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme).

The occupation that are assumed to be impacted the most are:

  • Resident Medical Officer (ANZSCO 253112)
  • Medical Practitioner (ANZSCO 253999)
  • General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)

The objective behind the “Visas for GPs Initiatives’ is to direct the doctors who are migrating to Australia on the employer sponsorship to the places with a higher requirement.  This initiative will help rural and remote areas of Australia have more doctors and prevent oversupply in bigger towns and cities. The government of Australia will issue the Health Workforce Certificate only to those employers who can show that they genuinely require hiring an overseas doctor under the employer sponsorship visa.

The employers looking to hire doctors under the employer sponsorship visa have to upload the Health Workforce Certificate with their nomination application. This system will start on 11th March 2019 onwards. All the employers who are keen to hire overseas doctors must ensure all the documents are ready when they submit their application. If the employers fail to provide all the required documents, their application might be rejected and they might also lose the application charges they have already paid.

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