New visa issues likely from Monday 25th February

There is going to be a new requirement for work visas for GPs. Our understanding is that this is going to be introduced from Monday 25th February. (Having said that, the government agency dealing with the applications for certificates say that they know nothing about this new scheme…..  So, the start date may well be delayed)
On a first reading of the notes about the process:
  • Sponsors for GPs from Monday 25th February will require a “Health Workforce Certificate”, as part of the visa application process
  • The stated aims of introducing this new requirement is to
    • “impact the number of overseas trained GPs in well- serviced metropolitan locations and in capital cities” and
    • “Limit overseas-trained GPs  …. to employer-sponsored visas for positions located in rural, remote and regional areas with an expedited Health Workforce Certificate”
  • Our understanding is that sponsorship applications submitted before the 25th February will not need to include this certificate

We don’t know yet how much of an issue this will be for those GPs looking to work in suburban areas. We’ll publish more information when we get it

I decided to make the move to Australia in December 2011 to work as a GP. It had always been an ambition of mine to move out there. In all honesty though I had no idea where to start. I searched online and emailed an agency. Paul emailed me back straight away with a lot of initial information and we arranged to talk. After a long discussion with him (he was very patient as I had a LOT of questions), to cut a long story short he sent me a lot of information about available jobs and how to make the move. I basically let Paul know the jobs I was interested in and he gave me more info and set up interviews (this all happened very quickly). Anyhow after the interview (for the job I liked) I was offered the job and accepted the contract. As I discovered a little bit at a time moving to Australia can be very time consuming and difficult with all the procedures and paperwork needed. Paul also put me in touch with Monique who is based in Australia. So I now basically had 2 contacts to ask questions. As I mentioned previously I had a lot of questions. I can’t even begin to describe how helpful and easy it was to communicate with them both. If I had a question, or if there was a problem it was sorted out asap. Moving to Australia as a doctor is hard, but Paul and Monique made it so easy for me, it was just more time consuming than difficult (collecting all the paperwork). Had I tried to do this without them I would have struggled an awful lot. Not only do they help you with the medical paperwork, they will also give advice on living in Australia and also help with other things that will need to be done to facilitate the move. They will talk you through every thing that needs to be done in a manner that makes things seem straightforward!

Now I’m here, I still have contact and the little things and attention to detail, such as phone calls to see how I’m settling in is amazing. I love the place, the job and I don’t think i would be here now without their help.

I can quite honestly say this is a fantastic service and i would recommend it to anybody! They will talk you through every thing that needs to be done.
Dr Graham