I would like to speak on behalf of all the overseas recruited nurses that have to battle to get permenant residency here in Australia. In view of the nurse skill shortage here ,why do recruited nurses have to pay a minimum amount of $2000 to become residents in Australia in order to settle here. We are allowed in simply by applying for a 457 work visa, assessed by the department of immigration as suitable to work here and register with the local nursing council and start working. However if we want to stay here in our skilled profession we have to fork the bill and all of a sudden have our skills assessed by the Australian nursing council at our cost of course. Why werent they concerned about our ability at the beginning when it was important?
Correspondence to the Honourable minister Vanstone( immigration) lead to a simple pay! reply!
Is there help out there in view of retention and assistance for skilled migrants that want to stay here! Surely we are an assest to the places we work and need to be treated as that.! Any suggestions! annelizeb.