457 Visa Holder Eligibility Requirements

For information on eligibility criteria and FAQs for applicants who currently reside on a 457 visa please read the following information. 

AGPT applicants who hold a current 457 visa must in addition to the AGPT Program eligibility components, fulfil the following:

  • Obtained their primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand;  
  • Supply a current/active Australian permanent residency application OR a completed Statutory Declaration (see related documents)
  • Supply a letter of support from each regional training organisation who currently occupies their nominated training region/s

Please note: Northern Territory is the only training region able to support 457 visa holders for the 2019 AGPT Program. 

Overseas Trained Doctors who currently reside on a 457 visa are not eligible for entry into the second intake of the AGPT Program in 2019 unless they obtain Australian permanent residency or Australian or New Zealand citizenship prior to the close of applications (10am AEDT Monday 3 September 2018). 

457 visa holder forms

457 visa holders letters of support

457 visa holders who fulfil all the eligibility criteria, must provide a letter of support from each regional training organisation who currently occupies their nominated training region/s.

A letter of support is written confirmation from your nominated training region stating their capacity to support your training on the AGPT Program within the bounds of your visa restrictions. 

A letter of support is not a guarantee of a training place.

In order to provide you with a letter of support, the regional training organisation who currently occupies your nominated training region/s must confirm there is an accredited general practice within their region that is willing and able to sponsor your employment and training throughout the program.

Regional training organisations or the Department of Health are unable to sponsor applicant's training or employment.


For further information on applying as a 457 visa holder contact the Department of Health on 1800 DR AGPT ( 1800 372478 ) Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm AEST or email AGPTEligibility@health.gov.au

If you are calling from overseas please phone: +61 2 6289 2666.