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Old 11-25-2010, 03:52 PM
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Hi all!

I been travelling in AU for a year a few years ago and I really love the country. Now soon I'm graduating from school as a Nurse. I heard that it could be possible for nurses to find jobs in Australia. My question is what visa may be suitable for me?

I did the point test for Skilled Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175) and I estimate my score to 115 (if i do well at IELTS). I need 5 more points. Is there a chance to get the visa anyway?
Also wonder how much it costs and how long it takes?

Or should i try with another kind of visa??

Thanks for the help! =)

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Old 11-25-2010, 10:47 PM
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If you go back to the 175/176 area via Workers - Visas & Immigration you could consider the 176 and if you have a look at the What's New Link via the second heading on that page, have a read about the SMPs and Processing priorities for where you get a state sponsorship with an occupation on their SMP your application will have a higher priority.

Ome thing that is common to a 175 & 176 is to have 12 months recent experience, so for either you'll need to work for 12 months after graduation.

That will then mean the new eligibility points assessment system will be in place and again there is an announcement on that in the What's New Link and one thing the new assessment has is a far greater focus on english language ability.
You may find there is even an english focus in the occupational assessment as well, something you can check on Welcome to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Limited (ANMC) | Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council and that is still an essential step in any skilled immigration.

Many nurses do decide to immigrate initially using a temporary residency 457 visa which you can look at via the first heading on first page I linked.
That may have the advantage of getting you to Australia quicker for it may be that the 12 months experience can be side stepped and it will be up to an employer in Australia whether they will be prepared to take on a freshly graduated nurse or one with limited experience.
There are many nursing agencies that do international recruitment and some of the larger health organisations that may do it direct, a google on something like Australian Nursing or add recruitment and you'll likely find plenty of links to pursue.

There are advantages and disadvantages with this approach and the main ones being that whilst you may have a job, your visa is reliant on you maintaining a sponsor so if you end up with a beast of an employer it would be wise to discreetly seek another employer sponsor before deciding to leave an existing employer.
The enployment you get in Australia can be used to accrue that 12 months recent experience and then while still employed you could submit and independent 175 visa or a 176 to get higher priority, the only disadvantage being that when either are ready for granting you would need to take a short trip abroad, to say New Zealand for the new visa to be granted and then return.

Time wise, it is all very variable because of recent changes and there have been huge backlogs because of numbers of visa applicants greatly in excess of available visas and so the changes have been designed around prioritising.
General indications are thata 457 visa should be able to be processed within several months, a 176 between 6-12 months and a 175 somewhere in excess of 12 months but those figures will vary dependent on numbers of applications and of course if WW3 breaks out up Korea way, anything could happen.
Nurses then likely to be in far greater demand than ever.

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