Australia Visas for Dentists

Since 2018 there have been two major shifts in visa legislation for Australia.  However, we have a large number of opportunities available for dentists and specialists that require a visa throughout Australia in superb locations.  Your circumstances and the area where you work will determine what visas can be offered. Please see below for further information. 

Please note, all of our Australia dentist job adverts will advise of candidate prerequisites, in terms of visas, qualifications, registration, and experience.  Please see individual job adverts for details, but as a rule, we can provide visas and accept overseas applications for all locations throughout Australia with the exception of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.  Applicable visas are 482, 494, 491, 417, and 187. There may be other pathways, so please consult your visa expert.

Visa Australia Dentists

Please note, due to the visa system/legislation in Australia, there may be some positions where we can currently only consider candidates with a  current visa, residency, or Australian citizenship. 

Australian visa legislation is currently managed via the systems detailed below. Information correct as of September 2023. *Please seek professional visa advice as information is subject to change due to current policy changes planned with Department of Home Affairs for 2024 https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/. 




Visa Subclass 494 - Regional Employer Sponsored (Provisional) Visa.

This allows a pathway for dentists and specialists dentist to work in Regional Australia.  Regional Australia is all of Australia, except Metro Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

This is a five year provisional visa where you will be nominated and sponsored by an employer. It offers a pathway to Permanent Residency which can be applied for after three years.  There are some restrictions, such as age and experience. As a rule, you will be aged 45 or under and have at least three years post qualification experience. 

Further information can be found here Visa subclass 494 Regional Employer Sponsored Visa.

Visa Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.

Similar to the 494, this is a five year provisional Regional visa providing a pathway to Permanent Residency. Whilst the 494 is an employer sponsored visa, the 491 is an individual visa where are you invited to apply and nominated by the specific state in Australia. As with the 494, you will be required to undertake a skills assesment. 

Further information can be found here Visa Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.

Visa Subclass 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS).

There are two main streams available under the TSS visa program:

  • Short-term stream – this is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)1 for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies)
  • Medium-term stream – this is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)1 for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.

Further information can be found here Visa Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS).

The 482 (Medium-term stream) offers a path to permanent residency following nomination by your employer and there are no limits on age unlike the 494, 491, and 417. Please note, that this visa is currently only applicable to Regional Australia for dentistry.

Please contact us for further information or view current opportunities for job-specific criteria.