PR Pathways Nursing

If you're an international student with dreams of obtaining permanent residency through a nursing career in Australia, then you have landed in the right place.

The pathway to permanent residency (PR) can be a complex journey, especially when you are juggling it with the demands of a rigorous nursing program. But fear not — Edvise Hub will be your guiding light, illuminating the often-confusing landscape of PR pathways for international nursing students. We will delve into the nuances of migrating to your dream country as a qualified nurse, covering everything from the nursing study program and visa options for PR.

Study Nursing in Australia – A Pathway to PR

Australia is known for its world-class healthcare education, offering a plethora of nursing courses that are internationally recognized. If you are an international student aspiring to be a part of Australia's healthcare system and obtain permanent residency, here's a brief overview of the key nursing courses available, along with their requirements:

Diploma of Nursing: This course is your stepping stone into the nursing profession, providing you with foundational knowledge and practical skills. The program typically takes 18 months to 2 years to complete.

Requirements: The eligibility criteria for international students include an academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0, completion of Australian Year 12 or an overseas equivalent, and a satisfactory medical and criminal record check.

Bachelor of Nursing: A degree program that prepares you for a career as a Registered Nurse, with a duration of 3 years.

Requirements: International students should have an academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0, completion of Australian Year 12 or an equivalent international qualification, and meet certain health and legal requirements.

Master of Nursing: This 2-year program is designed for those who want to specialise in a specific area of nursing or move into leadership roles.

Requirements: Entry typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Nursing or a closely related field, registration as a nurse in Australia, and an academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0. Some universities may also require relevant work experience.

Please note that specific requirements may vary between institutions, so it's important to check the exact eligibility criteria for your preferred course at your chosen university.

Popular PR Pathways for Nursing Graduates

The occupation list of Australia frequently includes nursing specialisations in both Medium and Long Term Strategic Lists (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). There are a variety of PR pathways for nurses in Australia that  they can choose depending primarily on their area of specialisation, educational background and work experience. 

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent VisaThis visa is a point-tested visa which allows the person to live, work and study in Australia. The minimum score required to apply for it is 65 points. 
Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated VisaThis visa is a point-tested visa which allows the person to live, work and study in Australia. The minimum score required to apply for it is 65 points. The applicant needs to have a state who is willing to nominate him/her. States have their occupation list and if the list consists of nursing professions and the applicant meets the criteria then you can apply to the state to nominate you.
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) VisaAlthough this visa is not permanent, it can lead to a permanent visa (Subclass 191). This visa allows an applicant to live, work and study in a designated regional area in Australia. The applicant will need 65 points to be eligible as this too is a point-tested visa. Another requirement is that the applicant needs to be nominated by a state or sponsored by an eligible relative, the relative should be a resident in a designated regional area of Australia. 
Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional Visa)An applicant can apply for this visa if they have a regional employer who can sponsor them. In order to be eligible, the applicant needs to have at least 3 years of work experience in their nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment.
Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme VisaIf an applicant has an employer who is willing to sponsor them, they may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This is a permanent visa that will allow a person to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. You need at least 3 years of work experience in the nominated occupation and a positive skill assessment to be eligible for this visa.

Navigating the PR Application Process

To apply for a Permanent Residency visa, you are required to have a skill assessment in Australia. For graduate nurses, the skills assessing authority is the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to assess internationally qualified nurses or international students who have graduated from Australian universities and are registered in Australia. You can submit an EOI (Expression of Interest) once you've confirmed that your assessment is positive. You can submit documents for the visa type you want if you receive an invitation to apply.

Full Skills Assessment If you don't have a registration in Australia but have a bachelor's degree in nursing from another country like Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, the UK, or the USA and are also registered there, you would need to undergo a full skills assessment. If you are an enrolled nurse, you are not eligible to participate in the skill assessment for this stream.
Modified Skills AssessmentIf you have a registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) then you will opt for this option when you apply for skill assessment.

Exploring Nursing PR Pathway to After Graduating

The following nursing occupations are in Australia’s skilled occupation list and they can provide you with avenues you could explore to gain permanent residency in Australia. 

Enrolled NurseSTSOL
Midwife MLTSSL
Nurse EducatorSTSOL
Nurse ManagerSTSOL
Nurse Practitioner MLTSSL
Nurse ResearcherSTSOL
Nursing Clinical DirectorMLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Community Health)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Medical)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Pediatrics)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Surgical)MLTSSL
Registered Nurse necMLTSSL

If you are a nursing student in Australia and looking to obtain PR but have no idea where to start, contact Edvise Hub without any hesitation. We will help you understand the PR criteria and what you need to do in order to be eligible for PR.

Document Requirements

Each PR pathway comes with its distinct set of document prerequisites, however, there are some common requirements to qualify for Australian PR pathways, including the following:

  • Valid passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • Birth certificate
  • Skill assessment
  • Language proficiency test score

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