Doctors – Registering to practice medicine overseas

Qualifying to practice medicine in other countries

Over the years, we have assisted many doctors in qualifying to practice medicine in Australia as well as overseas. Foreign doctors who had overseas qualifications and wanted to practice medicine in Australia had to submit their qualifications and credentials for assessment in the United States, and even with the change of assessment regime, we have also assisted doctors in submitting applications to the Australian Medical Council for assessment.

We have also seen more and more local doctors apply for positions overseas and in those cases, they need to have their documents notarised and their signatures witnessed by our notary public. We often help doctors who are looking to move to the America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to live, work or undergo a fellowship elsewhere.

In all cases, having foreign qualifications recognised in Australia or having Australian qualifications recognised overseas requires evidence of those qualifications (ie, the certificates) to be notarised, and possibly stamped with an authentication or an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If authenticated, you may also need to obtain a further authentication from the foreign office of the intended destination country.

We can arrange for all of this to be completed on your behalf, which is especially important if you are busy with your own practice and save the time and avoid the hassle of doing it yourself.

[EDIT] We can only assist you with notarising your qualifications if your qualifications were issued by an Australian university or college. If your qualifications were issued by a foreign university or college, you would need to approach a notary public in that country to notarise your qualifications.

If you are applying for recognition through Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) / Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the EPIC Identification Form (EIF) is required by ECFMG to confirm your identity. You must have a valid EIF on file to upload credentials to EPIC and to request verification reports for your verified credentials. Your EIF will be available as a downloadable PDF file which includes your name, gender, date of birth, photograph, and passport. Your EIF must be notarised and returned to ECFMG within 6 months.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2012-11-15 09:00:08 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:05