Does a Medical Practitioner always need General or Specialist Registration in order to apply for a Permanent Residence visa?

The short answer in NO!

Registration types for doctors practising medicine in Australia

The Australian Medical Board (the AMB) currently issues 5 types of registration to doctors:

  • General registration
  • Specialist registration
  • Provisional registration
  • Limited registration
  • Non-practising registration.

The AMB can also grant student registrations to medical students undertaking an approved program of study.

Subclass 186 and 187 visas

A doctor does not need to hold general or specialist registration in order to apply for a subclass 186 or 187 visa. This rule applies to both the direct entry and temporary residence transition stream pathways. The doctor (being nominated for a 186 or 187 visa) must hold (or be eligible to hold) the type of registration that will allow them effectively to perform the duties of the occupation in which they have been nominated. If the doctor requires a high level of supervision, the subclass 186 and 187 visas may not be appropriate visas to apply for.

Our skilled migration team is available to discuss your registration type and offer guidance on your visa options.

Subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas

A doctor needs general registration, specialist registration or conditional specialist registration in order to apply for a subclass 189, 190 or 489 visa.

It is important to understand that your registration type is just one of the many factors to be taken into consideration when assessing a doctor’s eligibility to apply for a visa.

Our skilled migration team is available to offer guidance on your visa options and your eligibility to apply for a visa.

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