Australia has become one of the most popular choices for international students in the past few years, not only for study but also for permanent residence. The reason is the country’s favorable factors such as a robust economy, plenty of opportunities, peaceful environment, multicultural society, and quality of life.
The Australian immigration program is open to anyone, regardless of their country, race, religion, etc., provided they meet the criteria stipulated by law. Hence, migrants not just want to study or work in Australia but also want to settle as permanent residents.
What is a permanent resident (PR) visa?
Permanent residency (PR) for Australia is the visa given to its non-citizens to live, work and study in Australia as permanent residents.
A PR visa in Australia is valid for five years, and after living here for four years as a permanent resident, you can apply for citizenship.
You should realize that an Australian permanent resident and an Australian citizen aren’t the same things. However, they do have the option to apply for citizenship after meeting the residency requirement.
Things you benefit from having Australian PR:
- Remain in Australian indefinitely
- Work or study in Australia
- Enroll in Australia’s national health care
- Apply for bank loans to buy property
- Sponsor eligible relative for permanent residence
- Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
- Travel to and from Australia if your travel facility permits
- Eligible for social security benefits after two years of PR visa
- Apply for government jobs
- Travel and work in New Zealand
How can you apply for an Australian Permanent Residency (PR)?
There are numerous programs under which you can apply for Australia PR each having different eligibility requirements.
Before knowing different visa types to acquire PR, you should also understand the points requirement. Your PR eligibility is determined by points.
You must score at least 65 points under the points grid for eligibility for PR (This is also known as a skilled independent visa point test).
|Age (25-32 years)
|English proficiency (8 bands)
|Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years)
|Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years)
|Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree
|Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia
|Study in a regional area
|Accredited in community language
|Professional year in a skilled program in Australia
|State sponsorship (190 visas)
|Skilled spouse or de facto partner (Age, Skills & English language requirements to be met)
|Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ (No need to meet Skills requirement or age factor)
|Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or where a spouse is an Australian citizen or PR holder
|Relative or regional sponsorship (491 visas)
The Most Popular Australian PR Visa Options
Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for nominated skilled workers who wish to live and work permanently in Australia. You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency for this visa.
Key eligibility criteria:
Key eligibility criteria:
- You must be nominated and invited to apply for this visa
- You must have an occupation on the relevant skilled list
- You must have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
- You must be below the age of 45 before you are invited to apply
- You must be able to score 65 points or above
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a permanent visa for invited global workers with highly demanded skillsets and New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to Australia who would like to permanently live and work anywhere in Australia.
Under this visa, you can choose from two streams: Points-tested Stream & New Zealand Stream.
Steps to follow to Australian Permanent Residency
- Find the right visa for you
Decide the type of visa you want to apply for PR:
- Family-based PR
- Work-based PR
- Check the visa eligibility or requirements
- Some visas may require you to have a sponsor, citizenship relative, certain work skillset.
- Skilled independent visa points test
- Apply for an Australian Migrant Visa
- Wait for the processing time
- Get your visa
How can Visa Alliance help you to achieve a PR visa?
We are a registered migration agent providing visa and immigration services to Australia with more than a decade of experience. We have gained enough experience to tackle all the intricacies that come along during the pathway to PR. Our work is transparent and timely, and we will be with you at every step towards your dream of getting PR in Australia.
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