If you are a registered nurse intending to work or migrate to Australia, take note.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) are reviewing and strengthening the process in place to support the nationally consistent assessment of applications for registration from internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNM).

IQNs – Internationally Qualified Nurses – cannot work or be eligible for migration to Canada based on their qualifications unless complete registration with AHPRA.  To be eligible for registration they must have obtained a score of 7.0 in each of the IELTS English language components (speaking, writing, listening and reading) and complete the bridging course in Australia.

Visas issued to those taking the bridging course are the Short Stay (3 to 6 months) category. And, the visa conditions usually specify “No further stay” “No Work”.  Hence even after completing the AHPRA registration process, and having a sponsoring employer the Filipino IQN still must return to the Philippines to get the working visa.

Those with at least 3 years of paid, full-time experience may apply for permanent residency thru the SkillSelect system either as independent or nominated, but if they were issued the Short Stay visa, they still need to return to the Philippines – or pursue other courses to legally stay in Australia.

AHPRA announced tha “all applications from IQNMs are being assessed consistent with the National Law. And that all current IQNM applications will be processed and progressed.

Because the current registration rules are under study, “the previously published NMBA Framework for the assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives for registration is no longer in use and has been removed from the (AHPRA) website.”

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