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Recent Changes to Skills Assessment for Nurses and Midwives

The contents of this article are correct as at 20 September 2010.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) recently announced changes which favours the recognition of registered nurses and midwives from member states of the European Union.

The ANMC is an authorised assessing authority for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and undertakes skills assessments of internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration category. 

If you are a Nurse or Midwife who is registered in a country within the European Union you will be able to meet ANMC’s skills assessment criteria if you can provide:

·     Evidence of proficient English language ability (generally satisfied with an Academic IELTS test with score of 7.0 in all categories); and

·     Evidence that the nursing education program undertaken was conducted in a member state of the European Union; and

·     Appropriate documentation, issued by the education institution or registering authority verifying that the education program complies with relevant Australian standards (EU Directive 2005/36/EC); and

·     Successful registration as a nurse or midwife with the relevant registering authority within the same jurisdiction that the education program was completed.

These changes will not only benefit European Union registered nurses and midwives but will also mean that Australian Employers seeking to sponsor internationally qualified nurses and midwives can now expect fewer delays as part of the recruitment and visa processes.

If you have any questions concerning this article, please click this link to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.