Any nurses here? I have not yet lodge my application to AHPRA Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, this regulatory body (just like our PRC) is a combination of different professions in medical field that assesses the credentials of any international professionals. They require an IELTS score of 7.0 all sub-tests in one sitting, this is their primary requirement for overseas professionals.
For nurses, who has already a prior registration (professional license) in their home country and working experience post-registration they can take BRIDGING PROGRAM in Australia. These Bridging Programs are designed for overseas nurses conducted by school and/or hospitals to facilitate registration as nurse in Australia after graduation. Remember that these Bridging Programs can have different names depending on the provider. So long as your BP is accredited you're good. These BPs may take from 8 weeks, to 3 months, to 4 months, to 6 months. Depending on the school, and also the competition to enter a school is stiff. The tuition fee is also subjective, the cheapest is around 6,000 AUD (competitive entry), mostly are roughly 10,000, some may even cost around 15,000 AUD.
Basically, these are cheaper than educating yourself with another degree and/or undergoing 3 years education AGAIN as a nurse. This is a practical route. So, I don't know why school agents do not open this up to Filipino nurses. Cheaper and shorter in duration, sounds better right?
But application may take longer, APHRA application, waiting for eligibility, application to school. But, I think it is all worth it.
I just gave you a gist of the whole thing, I also have questions about it especially the legality of my stay.
1. How long will it take for a student visa to be approved? If I take a non-award certificate route. I think this is Level 2.
2. A student visa allows someone to stay 1 month after graduation, right?
3. What are your chances to stay longer than this? What do you need to do? Will a sponsored tourist visa will suffice?
4. Will a tourist visa on hand, are you legally allowed TO FIND a work or an employer sponsorship? (Read: there's a difference between FIND/LOOK/SEARCH a work and HAVE A WORK)
Thanks for any reply.