Hey. I'm goign to move over to Australia or New Zealand in 2 years
as a RN, I was curious if anyone has moved there as a Nurse? Which agency of any they used? Which visa they went on ?
Apparently the immigration process is alot faster when you in the medical field in order to get things sorted and you to stay there.
As a migration consultant I can tell you that Nurses are in very high demand in Australia and that demand is not likely to recede for many years. You would qualify for general skilled migration (GSM)which is permanent residency that leads to citizenship, and you would also qualify for a temporary sponsored visa of 3-months to 4-years. Good Nursing agencys are not hard to find.
As for the speed of the migration process: yes, as a migration occupation in demand you get priority processing. For example, if you applied now for GSM (as long as everything checks out) you could have your visa in 6-8 weeks. If you just wanted to come and check the place out you could go for a temporary visa (457) through an agency, or even a working holiday visa. Then just apply onshore for the others if you like the place.
I've begun starting the process to work as an RN in Australia, however I'll just be going on a working holiday visa. I used an agency called Nurse on Holidays... http://www.nurseonholidays.com They do both long term and short term visas, its pretty easy to apply for a nursing license, visa and they organise a job for you based on where you would like to work.
Hope this helps
Applying for a visa in NZ was a breeze. No need for someone else to do it for you either, a lot cheaper that way too.
I'd suggest you speak to individual hospital personel departments as they will offer lots of assistance, and have lots of experience with visa applications. If they offer you a job they will also provide a letter stating you have the post, which again speeds up the visa application.
Have been nursing here for 6 years now and still loving it!