Visa and Jobs in Australia for dentists


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Visa and PR

  • Dentists are no more on the ' Shortage list for Australia' so will not be able to apply for a visa as a 'skilled worker' so a sponsor will have to apply for a work permit for you which is supposedly quite hard at this time. The best way would be for you to have a spouse who will qualify to enter the country.

  • Dentist and Dental Specialist are listed by the Australian Department of Home Affairs on theCombined Current List of Eligible Skilled Occupations on the Short-term stream

  • The status of the dental profession in Australia is such that if you want to have someone to apply for a visa for you if is quite a hard ask, I have even heard of stories where you will have to pay the employer to apply for a visa for you. In saying that there are jobs in the remote parts of Australia, where you may have to stay for quite a few years till you get your PR.

  • You will usually get a tourist visa which is usually for 1 year to go to write the exam, and then you will have sufficient time to make contact and make your network.

  • On ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations - Dentists and Specialists

The options available are


1. Visa subclass 494 Regional Employer-Sponsored Visa.

  • As of 16th November 2019, this visa will allow a pathway for dentists and specialists dentist to work in Regional Australia (Designated Areas).

  • This visa excludes you from working in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Perth, Melbourne metropolitan area, the greater Brisbane area and Gold Coast.

  • This is a five-year provisional visa and offers a pathway to permanent residency. There are some restrictions, such as age and experience.

  • Further information can be found - Visa subclass 494 Regional Employer-Sponsored Visa.​

2. Temporary skilled shortage visa

  • The second visa option is the temporary skilled shortage visa (TSS or 482). It replaced the older 457 visas in March 2018 and makes it slightly harder for dentists who wish to make a permanent move to Australia.

  • The TSS/482 visa is composed of two parts, occupations are listed under the short-term skilled occupations list (STSOL) or the medium and long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL).

  • The STSOL’s purpose is to source temporary overseas skilled workers where a suitable Australian cannot be found.

  • This means that you will typically only be eligible to stay for a maximum period of four years and cannot apply for permanent residency after. Whereas occupations listed under the MLTSSL can.

  • If your spouse’s profession appears on the MLTSSL and their own employer sponsors them, you can also apply for an application.

  • Occupations under the MLTSSL are eligible to apply for permanent residency after three years. Should Australia grant residency, then this could lead to you and your partner settling down in the country.

3. Permanent Residency

  • If you wish is to stay permanently in Australia you can apply for migration under the ‘points test’ or under a skilled migration category.

  • For any of these visas, you will require a full medical at Australian immigration approved centre including blood tests and chest x-ray.

  • For information about all visas - go to the immigration website directly.

Points-tested stream - Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) - NOT FOR DENTISTS BUT FOR SPOUSES WHO MAY QUALIFY FOR THIS.

  • This visa lets invited workers with skills we need live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

  • Cost - From AUD4,045

  • Processing times75% of applications: 6 months and 90% of applications: 17 months

  • You can only apply for this visa if you are invited to apply for it .

  • You first submit an expression of interest (EOI) if would like to apply for the visa. After you have submitted an EOI, you will be ranked against other intending applicants and might be invited to apply for the visa.

  • Invitations are issued regularly through SkillSelect.

  • For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.You will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application from the ADC.Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation.

  • You must be aged under 45 yrs when invited to apply for visa

  • This is a points-tested visa.When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa.If we do invite you to apply for the visa, your invitation will state the number of points that you must score when we assess your application for grant of the visa (this score may be higher than 65 points, depending on your claims in the EOI). When you lodge your application you must provide evidence supporting your claims.To calculate how many points you may score use the Points calculator.

  • You must have at least competent English.

  • Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) Point-Tested stream.

  • Meet the health requirement

  • Meet character requirement

  • Sign the Australian values statement

4. Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) - May be applicable for dentists

  • This is a temporary visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.


5 . Business Talent (Permanent) visa (Subclass 132)

  • This visa allows you to establish a new or develop an existing business in Australia.

  • Stay is ​​Permanent

  • Cost From AUD7,855

  • You must be nominated by a state or territory government agency

  • You must be invited to apply for the visa

  • You must have funding or assets greater than AUD1 million

DISCLAIMER - THIS IS MY INFERENCE FROM WHAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD. IF YOU LOOKING AT THIS AS AN OPTION , I RECOMMEND YOU USE A REPUTED AGENTS IN THIS FIELD . I WOULD ADVICE YOU NOT TO APPLY INDEPENDENTALY AS YOU WILL NOT KNOW THE LOOPHOLES AND WOULD BE REJECTED FOR LACK OF CORRECT PRESENTATION OF PAPERWORK. THIS IS ONLY FOR GENERAL INFORMATION - ALL INFO IS MY UNDERSTANDING FROM THE AUSTARLIAN IMMIGRATION WEBSITE.



JOBS IN AUSTRALIA

A quick browse in some of these websites will be quite reassuring as there are people looking for dentists and willing to help with visa, all the required paperwork, so maybe well worth for you guys to make contact with some of these dentists, as I completely believe in the right place right time ' is the biggest thing in getting right opportunities and opening doors.... best of luck in your search. I shall attach some links below.

  1. ADA

  2. Indeed

  3. Adzuna

  4. S​eek