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Hi All,


We are thinking of moving to oz either late 2012 or early 2013, my wife is a nurse and we are looking to get a few things on the go now i.e registration and skills assesment, can anyone tell me how you go about doing your skills assesment and does it expire at anytime- dont want to do it now if it has a time limit and runs out next year or anytime before we need it!


Thanks in advance.



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Comment by Paul Rowland on April 29, 2011 at 22:03

Hi Steph,


Thanks for the help, i actually remember reading your blog when you posted it a while ago but have just read it again to recap and picked a bit more info up. Sounds like your getting closer, think we are definitely going to get started now!

Comment by Stephanie Bennett on April 29, 2011 at 20:56

HI Paul,


I too am a nurse,

Have a read of my blog called 'The journey so far' on this website.  I have not long completed my skills assessment and have state sponsorship for Adelaide.  In my blog it tells you what I had to do to get to where we are today, including the skills assessment.


Good luck with your journey!!


Comment by Jules Dight on April 28, 2011 at 21:40
Hi Paul
We're hoping to move to Melbourne late 2012/ early 2013. Need to do a bit more saving as the exchange rate has left us without as many $$$$ as we would like. But we have the visa!

Now this info is based on when we applied so things may be a little different but we went to the ANMC website and they have all the forms you need to download and a list of what you need to supply. Off the top of my head we needed proof of current registration (the Nmc have to send that on your behalf to the ANMC for a small fee!), copies of your certificates, a transcript of the course from your school of nursing, a current reference and details of any other nursing jobs you have held in the last five years. There are probably other things but the website is very helpful. Don't send original documents to them though because you may need them for the visa application too! Get everything copied and then get them endorsed, they explain that on the website too. All of that took 6 weeks to gather and then another 3 months to process. You can pay the fee by creditcard but let your company know you will have a foreign transaction going through because good old barclaycard stopped my creditcard!
Anything else you need to know just give me a shout!

Comment by Paul Rowland on April 28, 2011 at 21:22

Hi Jules,


Thanks for the info, where and when are you going?

Where did you actually apply for the skills assesment? what does it entail exactly- gathering information of qualifications certificates etc



Comment by Jules Dight on April 28, 2011 at 21:00
Hi Paul
My husband and I are both nurses and were granted a permanent residency visa last year.
The skills assessment took about 12 weeks and was valid for 2 years from the date of issue. It also took us about 6 weeks to get all the paper work together before we could even send off the request for assessment. The wheels seem to turn v slowly at every step of this visa application process! Our skills assessment had actually expired by the time the visa was granted but was valid when we were allocated a case officer so you may be as well getting on with that now.
Registration to practice is (I think) valid from jan so if you apply in November you will have to reregister in jan. That may have changed though so look into it and it does vary from state to state.
Good luck!

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