Permanent Residency

Australian Permanent Residency | Reside in Australia Permanently

From white sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains, ancient rock formations and tropical rainforests, Australia has it all!

While Australia makes it easy for everyone to access its diverse landscapes through the many available Visas, the Permanent Resident Visa allows for an intimate encounter. To be able to live, work and study in Australia with no restrictions and become a part of an amazing culture.

For those who have tasted the fruit, the Permanent Resident Visa offers a direct pathway to settle in Australia permanently. And to call Australia home by gaining the Australian Citizenship!

Information About the Australian Permanent Residency

Australia is well-known for its culture of inclusivity, friendliness and openness. As a Permanent Resident, you will settle right in!

There are various categories of Australian Permanent Residency and you may be eligible under any of these now or later. These categories include, Family Category, Business/Investor Category, and Skilled Migration Category. For most of the Residency visas, you will need to follow a points-based system. The points-based system determines your eligibility for the PR Visa based on the points you score on key selection factors i.e. age, language proficiency, work experience, education etc.

Find out how you can settle in Australia with a PR Visa, and which PR Visa category will suit your purpose. All it takes is a few simple steps…

The Australian PR Application Process

Australia follows a points-based system for immigration. The PR application process is a mix of online and offline activities, and the eligibility is gauged using the points-based system.

Here is the brief outline of the application process:

  1. 1Arrange Documents: The Australian PR requires you to assimilate and provide a variety of documents. From travel and educational certificates to English language proficiency test results and Skills Assessment reports.
  2. 2Choose the Right PR Visa Category: You can choose the right category of PR Visa to apply for, suited to your unique case. The most common Visa categories that people often apply under are Subclass 186 (employer-nominated visa), Subclass 189 (non-sponsored visa), Subclass 190 (state-nominated visa)
  3. 3Select an Occupation from the Skilled Occupations List: Depending on the Visa category, you will have to choose the relevant skills and occupation from the Skilled Occupations List.
  4. 4Apply Using SkillSelect: You can then submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using SkillSelect. The EOI includes details of your age, education, work experience and skills. You will be awarded points for each of the factors, and a minimum of 60 points are required for you to be eligible to proceed.
  5. 5Health and Character Requirements: You will have to meet certain minimum health and character requirements as a part of the application process.

What is SkillSelect?

Skilled workers and entrepreneurs who are interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a Skilled Visa through SkillSelect. Under, SkillSelect, you are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a Skilled Visa.

It helps to remember that an EOI is not a Visa application.
The Australian Government uses SkillSelect to invite you to apply for a Skilled Visa based on your EOI.

More about the Points-based System

Australia follows a comprehensive points-based system to decide on an applicant’s eligibility. Under this system, you may be awarded points for different aspects such as age, qualifications, skills, work experience etc. And, there are additional points to be gained if you have a job offer in Australia, or have studied or worked in Australia. You can also claim points for your partner’s qualifications and/or offers of skilled employment, if applicable.

What is the Skilled Occupations List?

The Skilled Occupations List, provides comprehensive information for potential applicants who are seeking to nominate a skilled occupation. These occupations are deemed acceptable for permanent and temporary skilled migration to Australia.

Categories to Apply for a PR Visa:

There are many categories available under which to apply for an Australian PR Visa. Here are the main ones:

  • Skilled Migration
  • Family Categories
  • Business Category

Skilled Migration

Australia is an incredibly popular destination for skilled migrants, who want to gain Permanent Residence on the basis of their educational qualification, language ability and work experience.

There are 2 popular subcategories under the Skilled Migration Category:

(a) Sponsored Skilled Worker – This subcategory is for those skilled applicants whom either the State/Territory Government or an Employer provides a nomination.

(b) Non-Sponsored or General Skilled Worker – This subcategory is for applicants who do not require the State/Territory Government or Employer nomination, or Family sponsorship.

Here is some information on the main Visa types available under the Skilled Migration category:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186): This PR Visa type is suited for employers who want to recruit highly skilled people from overseas to fill vacancies within their organization.
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187): This PR Visa type is suited for employers in remote and low population regional areas of Australia who want to recruit highly skilled people from overseas to fill vacancies within their organization.
  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): This is the most popular PR Visa subcategory. The subclass 189 is suited for those applicants who do not have a nomination from the State/Territory Government, Employer or Family Member. The selection for this Visa type is done solely based on the profile score, skills and experience under the points-based system.
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): This PR Visa type is suited for those applicants who have a nomination from State/Territory Government to apply. The nomination, together with the profile score from the points-based system make you eligible to proceed with the Visa application.

Skilled Migration

The process to apply for a Permanent Residence may be complicated. There may be quite a few issues that need your consideration, and it is crucial to be aware of them at the onset.

(a) The selection criteria under the Skilled Migrant Category are complex and processing times can range from 6-12 months. The processing times may further stretch if your application encounters difficulties.

(b) You require a comprehensive understanding of the subject to be able to answer a variety of questions such as, “Is my job offer ‘skilled’ or not?”, “Can I claim points for work experience gained in my country?” “When can I claim bonus points?”, “Is my qualification and certificate recognised in Australia?”, or “Does my job offer meet policy requirements?”.

(c) You may have to go through many lists that Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBC) publishes in order to find where you stand.

(d) You need to familiarise yourself with immigration rules and concepts and analyse where you, your qualifications and your occupations fit.

Towards this, it is highly recommended to employ a consultant with a thorough understanding, such as Innovius. We are here to help you!
We are experts at providing fast, accurate and professional consulting services.
Talk to us about your needs. And let us find the right solution that works for you.
If you’re in Australia/New Zealand you can arrange a consultation with one of our migration agents to discuss the best pathway for you. If you’re offshore, we can arrange a Skype consultation (if you’d prefer to have a face-to-face) or we can connect online.

Business Category

An Australian Business Visa provides savvy entrepreneurs and talented businessmen the opportunity of investing or establishing and managing a business in Australia.
There is a range of options available here, from Visitor Visa to Investor Visa. And our Business Migration Section has all the details you will need.

Family Category

You may be eligible for Permanent Residency as a family member of Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen. Our Family Visas section has all the details you will need.

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