Nurse Researcher – ANZSCO 254212

Nurse Researchers design, conduct and evaluates nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and promotes the implementation of research findings into clinical nursing practice.
Skill Level
Skills Assessment Requirement

Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.

Skills Assessment authority for Nurse Researcher is Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • ANMAC uses five criteria to assess the skills of applicants. Applicants are required to meet all requirements to obtain a positive skills assessment
    • Proof of Identity
      • Applicants must provide evidence of passport, change of name documents and a passport sized photo
    • English Language Proficiency
      • IELTS Academic Test – minimum score of 7 in each component
      • OET – minimum score of B in each component
      • PTE Academic – minimum overall score of 65
      • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94 and minimum scores of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking
    • Educational Equivalence
      • Applicants are assessed against the current Australian nursing and midwifery educational standards
      • Applicants must provide graduation certificates and basic transcripts from all nursing or midwifery courses that are completed
      • Full Applicants must also provide a transcript that details the number of hours completed in both theoretical and practical components of the relevant nursing or midwifery course
    • Professional Practice
      • The applicant must have practised as a nurse or midwife in the past 5 years
      • Applicants must provide professional references that meet the following criteria:
        • Official letterhead
        • Written by a direct supervisor who is a nurse or midwife
        • Dated
        • Contain an original signature
        • Includes hospital email address and contact phone number for organisation *note mobile numbers are not accepted
        • ANMAC provide a Professional Reference Template for applicants to use


ANMAC provide videos on their website to assist applicants with the application process for a skills assessment.

Potential Visa Pathways for Nurse Researcher
ANZSCOOccupationSkills Assessment189190485 491 (State)491 (Family)186 (Direct)407 (Training)494 (regional Sponsored)482 (TSS Short
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Group: 2542 Nurse Educators and Researchers

Provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.
  • Researching, planning, developing and implementing nursing curricula
  • Facilitating practical experience for general and specialist nurses
  • Evaluating ongoing and changing educational needs and monitoring course outcomes
  • Participating in developing and implementing policies affecting nursing, nurse education and health
  • Undertaking and promoting nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminating research information
  • Promoting utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management
  • Promoting the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management
  • Providing support and education for other nurses undertaking research
Skill Level
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least five years relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Occupations in this Group
  • 254211 Nurse Educator
  • 254212 Nurse Researcher
How to calculate your points (skilled visas)

To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.

Points will be given to you based on the following:

Click here to calculate your points.

Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)

While the 190 visa is a permanent visa, subclass 491 visa gives you right to live and work in regional Australia for 5 years with a pathway to permanent residency through the subclass 191 visa.

Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.

In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:

Immigration Points

Must score at least 65 points, or higher points if the state or territory requires.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or higher if the state or territory requires.


Must be under 45 years of age.

be invited

Must lodge an EOI and be invited by the state or territory and then apply for the visa.

Skills assessment

Must have positive skills assessment. Each occupation has a specific assessing authority.


Must meet health and character requirements.

To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links

State/ Territory
Links to requirements
New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

407  Training Visa

The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.

To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:


You must prove that you genuinely stay in Australia for training and will depart when you complete the training.

English Level

Must have Functional English, i.e. IELTS overall 4.5 with no band less than 4, or equivalent.


Must be over 18 years old.

Be Sponsored

You must be sponsored by an approved temporary activities sponsor – Can be an employer or a commonwealth agency

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.

Subclass 494 visa – Skilled Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.

This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.


At least 3 years full-time work experience in the nominated occupation.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Must be under 45 years of age, unless exempt.

Be Sponsored

Must be sponsored by an Australian regional employer.

Subclass 482 visa – Temporary Skill Shortage (Short Term)

The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. The TSS short term stream visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 2 years each time you are granted this visa. You may apply for two 482 visas in the short stream onshore and subsequent ones offshore, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you. The TSS 482 short term stream does not have a path to permanent residency throught the 186 visa.

English Level

Must have IELTS atleast 5.0 with no band less than 4.5.


There is no age requirement for this visa.

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.

Job Outlook

  • $2,192 AUD

    Weekly Earnings

  • 51%

    Work full time hours

  • Very Strong

    Growth expected in the next 5 years

  • 94% female

    Gender share

  • 42 hours

    Average full-time

  • Very High skill

    Skill level rating

Book a consultation with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find out more about your visa options and your path to Australian permanent residency or applying for citizenship.