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Registered nurse modified skills assessment

All new applicants from the 9 January 2017 will receive their determination letter via registered post (within Australia only).

If you are currently registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or Nursing Council of New Zealand, you qualify for a modified skills assessment.

Steps for a modified skills assessment

  1. Arrange to have verification of your registration (also known as certificate of good standing) sent to ANMAC. This needs to be done for every country or jurisdiction in which you have been registered.
  2. Gather these documents and have colour copies of each certified:
    • proof of identity
      • bio-statistical page(s) of passport or
      • change of name documents (marriage certificate, decree nisi, deed poll)
      • current registration certificate from NMBA or NCNZ
    • graduation certificate (193 KB) or letter of completion (this needs to include the dates on which you started and completed study)
    • professional references (200 KB) for a minimum of three months (full time equivalent) paid work experience.
  3. Complete the application form online for a modified skills assessment.
  4. Follow the instructions you will receive from ANMAC by email after submitting your completed application form online.

Assessment process

The Skilled Migration Services assessment process is methodical and thorough, to ensure we perform our duties to the highest standards on behalf of the Australian Government and the public.

We systematically follow these 3 steps when processing your application for skills assessment.

1.      Review application and supporting material

We review your application form and supporting material. This is handled by the assessment team in our Skilled Migration Services section.

When reviewing your application, the team verifies the information you provided with your application. This often requires us to contact an international organisation and so this step may take some time.

2.      Determine if suitable or not suitable for migration

If you meet all 5 assessment criteria, you are suitable for migration.

If you do not meet one or more of the criteria, you are not suitable for migration. ANMAC will explain why you are not suitable. We cannot (by law) provide advice on what you need to do to become suitable.

3.      Issue Letter of Determination

Once your skills assessment is complete, ANMAC will send you a Letter of Determination to notify you of the outcome of your assessment. The letter will be posted to you or your nominated migration agent. It cannot be faxed.

After you receive your Letter of Determination

Suitable for migration

If your Letter of Determination tells you that you are suitable for migration, you can start the visa process through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Not suitable for migration

If your Letter of Determination tells you that you are not suitable for migration, you cannot start the visa process. The letter will explain why you are not suitable.

ANMAC cannot (by law) provide advice on what you need to do to become suitable for migration. To find out what further education and training you need to become suitable, contact the NMBA and enquire about their registration process.

You can appeal ANMAC’s decision. For information about the appeal process, email skilledmigration@anmac.org.au

Case study 

Registered nurse with Australian registration

Happy nurse

Charlie is a nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the United Kingdom and practicing as a nurse at a hospital in Glasgow. He previously worked as a nurse in Australia and has maintained his registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Charlie wants to migrate to Australia so he reads the information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website and learns he needs a valid skills assessment to apply for his visa.

After reviewing the information on ANMAC’s website, Charlie determines that he qualifies for a modified skills assessment because he is registered with the NMBA.

Charlie gathers the documentation required for his assessment and has copies certified by a solicitor.

After reviewing the information on ANZSCO codes, Charlie learns that his work on an orthopaedic ward relates to 254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical). He gives ANMAC’s ​professional reference template to his manager to write a reference so he can gain access to extra points for his work experience against the ANZSCO code. Charlie also has experience from other hospitals, so he arranges to get professional references from his previous managers so he can accumulate the maximum amount of points for his work experience against the code.

Charlie submits his application for a modified skills assessment through ANMAC’s website.

Charlie receives an email confirming his application with his cover letter, a checklist of documents required and instructions of how to provide them to ANMAC.

Charlie prints out his final application and posts it to ANMAC with his supporting documents. He double checks he has not missed anything and makes sure his solicitor has certified his documents as per ANMAC specifications. Charlie receives an email confirming that ANMAC has received his documents and knows from checking ANMAC’s website what the average processing times will be.

Charlie receives his Letter of Determination in the post and applies for his visa through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.