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You can become a permanent resident of Australia by applying for and being granted a permanent visa that allows you to remain in Australia indefinitely. The most common permanent visa type includes some skilled workers and family visas.
People can become a permanent residents of Australia in different ways as listed below:
Check that you meet our criteria before you apply. If your visa has a ‘no further stay’ condition attached, you cannot stay in Australia beyond the specified period to apply for permanent residency.
The citizens of New Zealand can live and work permanently in Australia under the Special Category Visa (SCV). New Zealanders do not have to apply for a permanent resident visa to be eligible for the category. However, they cannot enjoy the same rights as an Australian permanent resident or citizen, but you can apply for an Australian permanent resident visa and become an Australian citizen.
Under the family-based PR category, family members of Australian PR holders can apply for permanent residency in Australia under the following categories:
The Partner visa is for partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens. The Australian immigration law considers the following as partners:
The Prospective marriage category is for those engaged to an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Eligible candidates can migrate to Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130) and marry their partner.
Those engaged to eligible New Zealand citizens may also migrate to Australia under the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130).
Please note: If you are entering the country on a fiancé visa, you must marry your fiancée within nine months.
The Dependent Visa allows Australian PR holders or citizens to bring their family members to Australia. Whether you want to reunite with your spouse or child or are coming to study in Australia, your family is eligible under this visa category.
There are several options to bring your family to Australia. If you are migrating to Australia, you can bring your family with you on dependent visas. If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you may sponsor your children, partners, parents and fiancés to join you in Australia.
The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program helps skilled migrants to attain permanent residency. There are two visa categories under this program – employer-sponsored and points-tested.
The Employer-sponsored visas categories require skilled workers to have employer sponsorship. However, a Skill Select EOI (Expression of Interest) is optional. The following visa types are available under this category:
The Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa is a temporary visa. The applicants do not have to work in regional Australia (unless approved before Sept. 2009 under regional certification arrangement). You are eligible for this visa category if you: • work in an occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List
Subclass 186 is a Permanent Resident Visa for skilled workers with three years of work experience and skills assessment by a relevant Australian authority.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) Visa is a permanent resident Visa for Australian or related overseas equivalent qualification (unless exempt).
The Visa under the Points-tested Skilled Migration Visa category requires employer sponsorship and sponsorship by an eligible relative or nomination by a state or territory government.
The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is for skilled workers without any sponsorship. It is a permanent residency visa, allowing applicants to live and work in Australia permanently and apply for citizenship in future.
The Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa targets skilled workers with a nomination from an Australian state or territory. This is a permanent residency visa and gives the applicants the right to live & work in Australia.
Those applying under the subclass must:
The Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 489) targets skilled workers sponsored by an eligible Australian relative living in a ‘Designated Area’ or nominated by a participating state or territory government. The initial validity of the visa is 4 years, during which you apply for Australian permanent residency and have a future option to apply for Australian citizenship.
Besides, other pathways can help you get an Australian permanent Residency Visa from India including the Retirement visa pathway, Distinguished Talent visa, Business or Investor-stream permanent visa, and Refugee and Humanitarian visa.
After you have narrowed down the visa type, check the eligibility requirements of the visa category. The process of migration is time-consuming, so make sure you are applying for the correct visa category to avoid getting rejected.
Please note: Some Visas may require you to have a sponsor, a relative with Australian citizenship, a certain skill-set, or even some investment. Make sure you are applying under the right visa category and meet all the eligibility criteria of the stream.
To know your eligibility, get in touch with our Visa experts now!