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

The service I received from both Paul in the UK and from Monique and Martina in Australia was excellent. Initially I mainly was in contact with Paul whilst I was getting organised with registration which he helped with. He was extremely patient in answering all my questions. When I first arrived in Newcastle I was really pleased that Martina came to meet me there whilst she was visiting New South Wales (despite being based in Melbourne) and took me to my practice to meet everyone. I found this particularly helpful as I moved out here on my own knowing no-one so I was grateful to meet a friendly face. I’ve been here 5 months now and its definitely been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Dr S. G.