Temporary visas all require employer sponsorship if you want to work. The only ones that don't are working holiday visas, available to people under the age of 31 and they cannot take dependants.
If she is able to apply for a PR visa now, then I would recommend it. There is no guarantee she will be able to in the future. The government have recently removed over 200 occupations from the list and announced it wants to see most medical occupations removed.
The only real benefit of a temp visa is that it is slightly cheaper as the visa fees are paid by the employer and at the end of the visa the employer has to pay for the flights home. But, given the overall costs involved in migrating, this is a drop in the ocean.
Personally, if you are able to get PR then that is the best option. Temporary visa's require job offers. I know my own service (I work in MH) gives preference to PR and Citizens for jobs and they don't offer sponsorship.
Your wife will need to look at having the skills assessment (for visa purposes) by ANMAC and also register with AHPRA. You can do both simultaneously, or apply for either first. With AHPRA (registering body), once you have your letter to say that you are registered in principle - you then have 3 months to present in person to finalise this and become registered. If you have AHPRA registration, you can apply for a modified skills assessment with ANMAC
Thanks for the reply. That clarification is really helpful. Am I right in thinking that you can also get temporary visas without employer sponsorship (assuming you meet the criteria) and that this is similar, just costs more?
Thanks also for the comment about relationship tensions! I was perhaps a little flippant in my opening post, my wife is just considerably more attached to her family in the UK than I am, other than that she's quite open to exploring the possibilities. We're just realistic about the possibility that, even if we love in in Aus, the family distance might be a deal breaker and we might want to go back after a year! Alternatively we might love it and stay forever!
Any thoughts on the pro's/cons of applying for PR or Temporary Visa?
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