I’m a South African speech therapist with more than 10 years experience and I would like to relocate to Australia, long term with my family. Is this possible? If so, I have two questions. How long are the contracts? If I’m successful, is it possible for my partner, who’s not in the health professions, to work under the terms of my visa?
Provided you meet the necessary criteria for a position, and are successfully assessed by Speech Pathology Australia prior to travelling, a business sponsorship visa will allow you to travel with your dependants and will also make it possible for your partner to work in their preferred profession for the period of your visa. This visa gives you and your dependants temporary residency status.
You may apply for permanent residency once you have been in Australia for a minimum period. You will need to be aware of specific requirements in relation to health insurance and education of dependants which vary according to your passport. Alternatively you could apply for permanent residency before travelling to Australia. Several allied health professions are specified on the Current List as being occupations in demand in Australia and hence the process may be expedited. Global Health Source can also advise on specific visa categories which offer immediate permanent residency for minimum contractual commitments in certain locations.
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I am a British qualified podiatrist with two years experience. I would like to relocate permanently to Australia, what are my options?
Overseas qualified podiatrists are required to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian & New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). UK qualified candidates may be exempt from the Stage 2 practical assessment. We often have a number of opportunities for podiatrists at any one time, at various locations throughout Australia. It is possible, once registration has been approved, to be sponsored by an employer to give you either temporary or permanent residency. Please contact us to discuss registration and visa options.
Is your situation different to these?
When it comes to gaining Permanent Residency status, the process is usually quite different from one person to another. Your particular situation is probably not covered EXACTLY here, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to achieve it! Why not contact us to have a chat about your particular situation and then we will be better able to help you with advice on the path(s) you can take to maximise your chances of acceptance. The applications process may seem daunting and a little bureaucratic at first, but with the right kind of advice and explanation you could save yourself a big headache (both financially and emotionally).
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