Australia tops the list of the finest career destinations for pharmacists from across the world. The major reason why overseas-trained pharmacists migrate to Australia is to seek better pay and career opportunities. In addition to this, there are several attractions in Australia, like excellent quality of life, exposure to incredible career opportunities, great career flexibility and more. The Australian government offers various Visa pathways to facilitate immigration, and the Subclass 491 Visa is one such avenue that has garnered attention in recent years. In this blog, we'll explore the key features, eligibility criteria, and benefits of the Australian Visa Subclass 491.
Even though there are multiple Visa options for pharmacists migrating to Australia, a highly recommended option is Subclass 491 (Regional Sponsored Visa). This type of Visa is available to healthcare professionals who have passed the healthcare exam.
At a crucial time like this, it is important to know about the different visa options that could be your entryway to Australia. You must understand the Visa options carefully to find out which one meets your requirements. For example, if you are a pharmacist and have completed the KAPS exam and meet the English requirements, you can apply for any of these Visas, according to your preference.
There are generally five types of skilled visas (apart from study, spouse or any other visa form) that a healthcare professional can obtain in Australia. These include the following:
The new Skilled Work Regional 491 Visa (Subclass 491 Visa) is a Provisional Visa that facilitates all skilled workers from other countries to live, pursue education, and work in appointed areas of Australia with their families. The validity of this Visa is five years.
The Subclass 491 Visa falls under the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa category and is created to acknowledge skill shortages in regional areas of Australia. This Visa encourages migrants to settle in specified regional areas and contribute to the local economy, fostering sustainable growth in these regions.
This Visa allows you to:
The fee for the main applicant is $4240 AUD, while that of dependents is $2120 (for 18 years or above) and $1060 (for below 18 years). Family members who seek a Visa must be in good health and have a moral personality.
After application, the processing time of a Subclass 491 Visa takes around 3 to 6 months. Within this period, you can get your Visa and fly to Australia in the prescribed time.
So, what is included in the eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled before applying for this Visa type? Let us find out! You must:
Below is the list of the important documents required to apply for the same-
The following are the documents related to your claims on EOI that you need to provide:
You need to provide all the supporting documents for the information provided in your Expression of Interest (EOI):
If you have a sponsor, then the following information needs to be provided by the sponsor:
Once you have submitted all the required documents, then, on average, it takes about 3-6 months for Visa processing in Australia.
$2120 AUD (Applicable for 18 years and above)
$1060 AUD (Applicable for 18 years and below)
The first step would be to pass the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam.
After passing the KAPS exam, the candidate will obtain a skill assessment letter from the Australian Pharmacy Council.
Based on this document, you can file an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a Subclass 190 Visa in the state where you intend to practise, migrate, and settle in Australia.
Working as an overseas pharmacist in Australia is a demanding yet rewarding option. You need to be thorough with your roadmap to ace the exam and pursue your career as a pharmacist.
The Australian Visa Subclass 491 presents a valuable opportunity for individuals seeking to build a new life in regional Australia. With its focus on skill contribution and regional development, this Visa pathway aligns with the Australian government's vision for a balanced and prosperous nation. Aspiring migrants should carefully review the eligibility criteria, undertake thorough research, and seek professional advice to maximise their chances of a successful application, ultimately paving the way for a fulfilling and promising future Down Under.
Academically helps pharmacists aspiring to pursue their dream of working as pharmacists abroad. Academically helps you prepare for the KAPS exam while guiding you through the registration and interview processes.
Whether you need help, support or guidance in any step of the Visa process, we are here to assist you. So, talk to the team of Academically today to understand all your options.
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Q: Can a person with a 491 visa apply for PR?
Ans: Yes. Once the 491 visa holder has lived and worked in the regional area for three years or more by meeting the requirements and on the subclass 491 visa, he may be eligible to apply for a PR visa.
Q: How many points are required for the subclass 491 visa?
Ans: To apply for the subclass 491 visa, you should have at least 65 points.
Q: Is English Proficiency required for a subclass 491 visa?
Ans: An English proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, or OET is required to apply for the subclass 491 visa.
Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.