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?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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