My 457 Temporary Work visa was granted today. Thank God! I took my bridging last January and ended last March. AHPRA registration took some time and got it only after 4 weeks and I have to exit Australia. But before I flew back to PH, I already got 2 arrangement for interviews. One wanted to do it personally, which declined my request for phone/online interview. The other one was fine with phone interview. That was my first interview, it was a long one , the position was in line with my experience. Afterwards, I was offered another interview from another hospital.
I was offered a job with my first interview. I don't know about the second one yet. But I fancy the first one better. It took sometime for the paperworks with the HR and just got nominated last Monday. The day when I applied for 457 also. Two days after, my nomination was approved, minutes later... VISA GRANT.
I want to inspire other people here but also serve as a caution for those who are starting. It was an adventure, it was fun but not easy. Before I commenced my journey, I have been reading a lot of bad news about sponsorship since 2012. It was difficult. Perhaps I was just the person at the right time and place.
We are 7 in our class and I am glad to say that most of us have secured a job offer already. And that's because we have years of experience to back us up.
Take your journey with caution. Sponsorship for work visa is tough. Even statistics will tell you that RNs do not belong to the top 15 of sponsored jobs anymore. My best suggestion is to gain more than 3 years of paid experience. And if everything else fail, try the permanent residency pathway.