With the high quality of life in Australia, it’s no wonder why many people are aiming to apply for a permanent residence (PR) as soon as they become qualified for the status. The following are the typical pathways you may take toward a permanent residence in Australia.
If you are already working in Australia, you may apply for a General Skilled Migration Visas which includes 189, 190 and 489 visas.
For example, for subclass 489 skilled regional visa holder, you may start applying for a permanent visa after 1) living for at least two years within a specified region and 2) working in the same areas for at least one year. You are also qualified to apply if you have obtained sponsorship via the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
If you’re an international student in Australia and taking courses under a recognised trade or degree, then you may earn points that will make you eligible to apply for a permanent residence via the Student Visa. It is important that the education and occupation that you choose to excel in is eligible for permanent residence. The general rule is that the more in-demand your skill sets are, the better chances you have of earning visa points. However, the rules are constantly changing, so make sure to check first with the SkillSelect migration program — or better yet, get help from a reputable migrant agent.
An employer can sponsor you as a skilled migrant to work in their company and live in Australia through the 457 visa or the Employer-Sponsored Visa (Nomination Scheme 186). Not any business owner can do this; the prospective employer must meet the requirements to obtain permission to offer visa sponsorship. The position you’re filling in must also be included in the occupations under the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. There are various types of visa programs depending on the sector, employer region, visa duration and other factors, so make sure the scheme or option you apply for matches your specific circumstances.
Skilled workers who don’t have an employer or family member to sponsor them can apply under the Skilled Independent Visa program. You must first submit an expression of interest and be invited through SkillSelect to be eligible for application. Filing the required supporting documents, determining that your occupation and skills are deemed relevant and making sure your expression of interest contains clear and compelling information can be tricky, and can be handled better if you get help from a migration expert.
Other popular pathways to PR include the family-sponsored visa and business and investment visas. Keep in mind that while the Australian government continues to make the permanent visa application process as clear and efficient as possible, there is still no single easy formula that applies to everybody. Your permanent visa journey will depend on your specific circumstances, making the advice and assistance of a migration agent a crucial factor to a successful outcome.