Most OECD countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have special provisions to facilitate the migration of the highly skilled, and health occupations can be found on virtually every skills shortage list.
Health employers seek talented healthcare professionals to fill these skills gaps in city and rural/regional hospitals, clinics and medical care facilities.
In city-state Singapore, and the Gulf States countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – visa applications are undertaken almost entirely by the employer.
Increasing populations, economic growth, changes in healthcare strategies, expansion of healthcare facilities, and rising numbers of foreigners seeking medical treatment have combined to create a great need for thousands of additional doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
Visa requirements, education, training and registration requirements for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are subject to change without notice. It is recommended that you contact the relevant embassy in Singapore or the Gulf States for the most current information; however, the embassies will not issue work permits or visas.