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I am a new poster to this forum and from what I have read, it seems very useful indeed. Please forgive me if some of my questions seem quite basic; I am trying to familiarise myself with Australian immigration regulations as quickly and thoroughly as I can. Thank you for your patience and for any assistance.

I am a UK citizen and I plan on qualifying as a doctor in the UK in a couple of months, and starting the Foundation Programme (two year internship programme) in August. I would very much like to relocate permanently to Australia after completion of the Foundation Programme if possible.

I have read up on the Australian immigration service website section pertaining to doctors but it doesn’t give many specifics about eligibility of applications for training posts, etc.

I have heard a few rumours but am unsure of how true they are. For instance, I have heard that it is possible only to apply for a training programme (to become a consultant) if you are on a permanent-residence visa. I have also heard that you are required to live three years in a rural (or less desired) location before being allowed to move to a more desirable one.

So I guess my questions are:

- Is there any dedicated resource which I can use to educate myself about how a junior doctor from the UK can move to Australia permanently to settle and train, if this is indeed still possible?
- Are spots on training programmes for non-Australian applicants restricted to specific specialities or locations? How does one find out more about this?
- Is there anything I should do in the years leading up to application that would be useful or worthwhile? I know that the NHS careers website has person specifications for each job; is there a similar thing in Australia?
- How does one go about applying for a permanent-residence visa, if at all?
- On that vein, please pardon the ignorance, but is a permanent-residence visa one which allows the holder to apply for PR after a certain amount of time? I’m assuming this is different from a temporary-residence visa, which eventually expires and the holder must leave Australia.

I thank you very much for your help and look forward to receiving your replies.
 

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I can refer you to someone in the UK who specialises in these sort of issues. Feel free to drop me a line if you are interested.
 
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You should probably take Nick up on that offer.

I have also heard that you are required to live three years in a rural (or less desired) location before being allowed to move to a more desirable one.


I don't know much about the Skilled Work visas, but I think this is a requirement for some visas.

There are a large number of places that are considered as "regional" (I think they call it) and some are extremely wonderful places to live. Obviously others are not.

I heard on the radio not long ago that there is a shortage of doctors in regional areas and this was due to earning potential in the larger cities. More people more customers.

There are a number of remote places I could list that 3 years would fly by, but I also think even Cairns where Nick and I live is classified as regional. We have great weather, the Barrier Reef right of the coast, near by Islands and on the edge of the Tablelands.
 
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