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How can I become a permanent resident as an IMG working in Australia ?


International doctors working in Australia often find themselves at a crossroads, seeking guidance on the complex migration process. The goal for many is to secure Permanent Residency, unlocking a myriad of opportunities in terms of jobs, education, and more.


1. Transitioning to a New Medical Centre:

If you're a temporary resident on a 482 visa, you have a unique advantage. Unlike most sponsored visa holders, you can move to a new role before transferring your visa sponsorship to a new medical centre. This legal exemption allows flexibility, enabling you to work concurrently or consecutively at different medical centers. However, it's crucial to ensure that your visa occupation code aligns with your work at subsequent medical centers.

Before making the move, have an open conversation with your potential new medical centre operator. While the immediate transfer of sponsorship isn't mandatory, understanding the timelines and responsibilities is essential.


2. Pathways to Permanent Residency:

The journey to Permanent Residency varies based on age and registration status. For doctors under 45, there are more options, including sponsorship by the medical centre operator or independent points-tested migration. Limited registration holders under 45 can fast-track residency through direct employment, though this isn't universally accepted.

If you're over 45, your main pathway is the Subclass 186 temporary resident transition stream, achievable after three years of working in Australia as a doctor. This period can accumulate across multiple sponsors and different occupation codes.


3. Clinic's Approach and Occupation Code:

Ensure your clinic has a current and informed approach. Some practices operate without legal advice, leading to complications in visa applications. Clarify whether your clinic understands its sponsorship obligations.

Check your visa occupation code. The code assigned initially may not align with GP clinic work. Common codes include "General Medical Practitioner" and "Resident Medical Officer." Changing your code is possible but involves a potentially costly and time-consuming process.


4. Health Workforce Certificates:

Health Workforce Certificates certify positions for general practitioners and direct overseas doctors to areas in need. Your new medical centre operator will apply for this certificate, outlining their need for your services.


5. Seeking Specific Advice:

The migration journey is intricate, and individual factors impact eligibility. Reach out for specific advice tailored to your circumstances. Please contact us for refering to spelialised professional migration consultations to discuss your options in detail, helping you navigate the path towards Permanent Residency confidently.


Embarking on the migration journey as a medical practitioner in Australia requires careful consideration and informed decisions. With the right guidance, you can navigate the complexities and open doors to a promising future.

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