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Great news for medical and health professionals working in South Australia

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Great news for medical and health professionals working in South Australia

From on 27 March 2020, Immigration SA is implementing changes which prioritise the processing and nomination of health and medical professionals.  

Reduced work experience requirements for medical and health professionals working in South Australia 

International graduates of South Australia – medical and health professionals  

Medical and health professionals listed here who have graduated from a South Australian higher education provider and currently reside and work in South Australia in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 40 hours per fortnight), are exempt from the three-month work experience requirement.

Applicants accessing the work experience exemption will only be eligible for nomination for a provisional 491 visa. New requirements apply to 190 nomination eligibility – see below.  

Applicants currently working as a medical or health professional in South Australia 

Medical and health professionals listed here who currently reside and work in South Australia in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) are exempt from Immigration SA’s current work experience requirements. Applicants accessing the work experience exemption are only eligible for a provisional 491 visa nomination. 

Please note the 5 year work experience requirement has been removed for Registered Nurses working in their occupation or closely related occupation in South Australia. 

For medical and health professionals who are currently working in their nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia, a minimum of 65 points is required, including state-nomination points, and competent English.  

190 nomination eligibility – medical and health professionals 

Medical and health professionals listed here who are currently working for the last 12 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in South Australia (or the last 6 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in a country region of South Australia) remain eligible for a permanent 190 visa. 

Priority processing for medical and health professionals working in South Australia 

Processing times for state nomination vary depending on the volume of applications received and applications from medical and health professionals will be prioritised in the first instance. If your current visa is within 2 weeks of expiration, and if you have not requested priority processing of your application, please lodge an online enquiry to Immigration SA as per the standard process.   

The changes listed in this news item are effective immediately for state nomination applications submitted to Immigration SA on or after 12 pm on 27 March 2020.  

If your application for nomination or ability to meet the eligibility criteria, please get in touch with our migration team at INFO@AUSTRALASIAEDUCONNECT.COM.AU.

Source: Reduced work experience requirements for medical and health professionals working in South Australia 

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