US Nursing Student wanting to work in Australia

  1. Hello all,

    So I know it may seem a little early, I am a freshman in college working towards my Bachelor's in Nursing, to become an RN. Since day one, I had decided that Australia was the place I would want to work in and live in. I just have a few questions about the whole visa process. I have done my research but it seems that all the research in the world couldn't answer all the questions I have.

    For starters, how long would it take for my visa to be approved under the Skilled Workers Visa? Also, would I be able to apply for my visa right after graduation and start working overseas asap? My plan is to start working as soon as I possibly can, but I would like to know if there are any further requirements other than the bachelors in Nursing in order to start working. ie, work experience. I have three cities in mind, in regards as to where I would like to live: Canberra, Melbourne, or Adelaide. Which of these cities is the best for nursing? The best all around?

    Any help, comments are appreciated.


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    Joined: Jul '12; Posts: 1
    nursing student; from US


  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Be aware it takes time to go through the APHRA process before you can work as a nurse in Australia. Requirements will be on their website?

    Any questions re APHRA we request is posted in the nurse registration forum
  4. by   Ginger's Mom
    Your best bet is to check with your college and their study abroad options. My daughter did this and spent six months in Australia. The college will make sure you're safe housing and proper visas while you will not be able to work you'll be exposed to the country.