To secure a visa for an internship in Australia after completing the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam in India, a Pharm.D fresher must follow several steps. Firstly, they need to pass the KAPS exam, which is essential for practicing as a registered pharmacist in Australia. After successfully passing the KAPS exam, the candidate should obtain a Skill Assessment letter, which is mandatory for applying for certain Australian visas.
For an internship, two primary visa options are available:
1. Visa Subclass 407 (Training Visa): This visa is designed for workplace-based occupational training or professional development. It allows the holder to stay in Australia for up to 2 years. To apply for this visa, the candidate must be nominated by an approved sponsor in Australia. The sponsoring organization must submit a nomination application detailing the training program. The applicant must also demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the required scores in tests such as IELTS (minimum score of 7 for each module), PTE (minimum 65 percent for each module), or OET (minimum B grade for each module).
2. Visa Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa): This employer-sponsored visa requires the applicant to live, work, and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. The candidate must have at least 3 years of overseas experience. After 3 years on this visa, the candidate may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. The applicant needs to be nominated by an approved Australian work sponsor and must pass the same English language proficiency tests as mentioned above.
Pharma International Institute can assist candidates in obtaining internship placements in Australia and provide support with employer sponsorship for visa applications, including subclasses 407 and 494. It is important to note that the candidate should be under the age of 45 when applying for the subclass 494 visa.
In summary, after completing the KAPS in India, a Pharm.D fresher should:
Obtain a Skill Assessment letter post-KAPS.
Secure an approved work sponsor in Australia.
Ensure they meet the English language requirements.
Apply for either the Visa Subclass 407 or 494, depending on their circumstances and eligibility.
Candidates can contact Pharma International Institute for guidance and assistance throughout this process.