Becoming a permanent resident
Becoming a permanent resident changes the Medicare billing rules for an international medical graduate. Read about how to become a permanent resident and what an international medical graduate needs to do afterwards.
How do I become a permanent resident?
To become a permanent resident, you must be:
- registered with the Medical Board of Australia
- granted a permanent visa
Becoming a permanent resident means you can keep working in Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs has more information about how to become a permanent resident.
What happens if I become a permanent resident?
If you become a permanent resident, you must contact Medicare and advise them of your new status.
If you are working under 19AB, you must stop working immediately.
If you continue to work, you will gather debt for providing Medicare services until you satisfy section 19AA.
Once you become a permanent resident, you must become vocationally recognised as a specialist medical practitioner to access Medicare benefits.
If you are not vocationally recognised, you can still access Medicare benefits if you have an approved placement on a 3GA program.