Does your aged care business need overseas-trained nurses or health professionals? Are you currently experiencing labour shortages in the local market? Or are you a qualified nurse or health professional that would like to contribute your services to people in need in Australia? There are several temporary and permanent visa and sponsorship options available to nurses and health professionals in Australia, including Aged Care Visa, especially given that the country has an ageing population and has a high demand for health professionals such as medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.
Many medical professionals may be able to be sponsored by their employer or migrate independently. Fortunately, several occupations required by the aged care industry, such as nurses*, have been recognised by the Government as critical to the supply of essential goods and services during the current pandemic. It may therefore be possible to access priority Government visa and nomination processing so your business can more quickly access the skills it needs. Here’s what you should know.
Thankfully for many aged care businesses, after almost two years of requiring workers to be granted Critical Work Travel Exemptions to enter the country, participating States and Territories in Australia re-opened their international borders to fully-vaccinated eligible skilled visa holders from December 2021. International testing and quarantine requirements may also apply depending on the State or Territory of arrival.
These relaxed restrictions mean employers are no longer limited to engaging overseas migrants that can meet a Critical Work Travel Exemption and they can once again more easily engage skilled migrants for their work needs. You may therefore be considering which visa and sponsorship options are available to the aged care sector. While Australia does not currently have visas that cater only to the aged care sector, there are a few options in the skilled migration program that are commonly used by the sector – such as:
The applicant and business’ eligibility for these skilled visas depends on several factors, including the circumstances of work, genuine requirements to employ a skilled migrant, and Australian labour market conditions – among others.
*Page last updated: 4 January 2022 – you may wish to contact Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents so that your circumstances can be assessed with the most up-to-date migration requirements.
Interstaff works with businesses to determine a migration strategy that will meet their labour needs. It is important to understand the variety of visa options available and pathways to transition to Permanent Residence. There are also several factors to consider when ensuring the sponsoring business and visa applicants remain compliant with Australia’s sponsorship and visa obligations, changing migration laws and regulations, and international travel restrictions/procedures. Our migration agents begin by reviewing your circumstances during a consultation and advising on eligibility, suitable options, and the visa requirements. Following a consultation, our migration agents can assist with all aspects of the application process and assist with any queries you may have or complexities that may arise.
While the sponsorship, visa, and nomination application process can be complex and require ongoing liaisons with the Department of Home Affairs, State and Territory agencies, and regional certifying bodies, don’t let legal compliance and administrative burdens hinder your business and its labour needs. Our migration agents are well-equipped to manage your visa and migration requirements, having assisted businesses with their migration requirements for over 30 years since 1988.
We are focused not only on managing your business migration requirements but also on providing a supportive employee experience to your candidates requiring visas. We coordinate the visa process on behalf of you and your visa applicants while providing professional advice at each step of the process.
Interstaff is well-known for supporting business clients and skilled migrants with specialist advice on global mobility decisions since 1988.
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