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

Myself & my family owe you & Monique a big thank you for getting us to Australia! We have now been here 3 months & loving it! It really is an awesome country. I have now been working as a GP in a health centre just north of Brisbane & really enjoy the job. A welcome change from my job in Glasgow. As you are aware Paul our journey to Oz was not easy & it took us over a year to get here. However your help, advice & support made it possible. I had many obstacles to overcome but you were always there with a email full of advice or a phone call to support me. Monique has also been amazing with all her support before we arrived & especially since we arrived in Australia. The road to Australia as a GP is not an easy one but it was made much more bearable with your support & advice. I honestly think without you we would have given up our dream. I now feel that you & Monique have become my friends & are much more than recruitment agents to me. Again a huge thank you again from myself & my family for helping us to get here & live our dream.
Dr E. M.