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How to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Australia has always been a popular destination for people thinking to move to another country. The country has a lot to offer including a thriving economy, job opportunities, a higher standard of living, and a multicultural society that is peaceful and harmonious. This is why a lot of people dream to one day become a Permanent Resident of Australia!

How do I become a Permanent Resident of Australia?

You can become a permanent resident of Australia by getting a permanent visa that allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. Some of the most common permanent visas include skilled work and family visas.

Employer Sponsored

This visa allows skilled employees who have been nominated by their employer to live and work permanently in Australia.

General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration Visa will allow you to migrate to Australia without the need for sponsorship by an employer.

FamilyVisas

This visa is for partners, children, parents or dependent relatives of an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or Eligible New Zealand citizens.

Why become a Permanent Resident of Australia?

There are many benefits to having a permanent visa in Australia, including:

Freedom to live and travel anywhere within Australia
You can apply for educational loans if you want to pursue studying
After two years on a PR Visa, you'll be eligible to Social Security benefits
You can sponsor your family for permanent residence (subject to certain requirements)
You can apply for government jobs
Freedom to travel and apply for a visa to New Zealand

Employer Sponsored
Visas

Employer-sponsored visas allow Australian employers to sponsor specialised skilled workers to work for them and become a Permanent Resident of Australia. 

Direct Entry Stream

The Direct Entry Stream is for skilled workers of an occupation listed under eligible skilled occupations and who have at least three years relevant work experience.

Cost

From AU$4,045

Processing times

75% of applications: 5 months

90% of applications: 11 months

Become a Permanent Resident of Australia through 186 Visa
Process for Direct Entry Stream (186) to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Cost

From AU$4,045

Processing times

75% of applications: 13 months

90% of applications: 17 months

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

TSS 482 visa holders who have worked in Australia for three years with the same employer can become a Permanent Resident of Australia through the Transitional (TRT) Stream.

 

Become a Permanent Resident of Australia through 186 TRT Visa
Process for Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT) to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

General Skilled Migration

To be eligible for this visa, you must be skilled in an in-demand occupation in Australia. Applicants for general skilled migration visas are invited to apply based on factors such as their profession, work experience, schooling, and English proficiency.

Skilled Independent Visa (189)

If you gather enough points and your profession is in high demand, you may be eligible for the 189 Skilled Independent Visa to become a Permanent Resident of Australia.

 

Cost

From AU$4,045

Processing times

75% of applications: 12 months

90% of applications: 18 months

Process for the 189 Visa
Process for Skilled Independent Visa (189) to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Cost

From AU$4,045

Processing times

75% of applications: 12 months

90% of applications: 14 months​

Skilled Nominated Visa

Similar to the 189 Visa, if you gather enough points and your profession is in high demand, you may be invited by a state to apply for a 190 Skilled Nominated Visa to become a Permanent Resident of Australia.

 

Process for the 189 Visa
Process for Skilled Nominated Visa to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Partner Visa

If your partner is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, then this visa may be for you!

Partner Visa

As the name implies, the Partner Visa enables spouses of permanent Australian residents or citizens to be with them in Australia. Accordingly, this visa will easily progress to permanent residency.

Cost

From AUD7,715 for most applicants. 

From AUD1,285 for Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) holders. You pay for the temporary and the permanent visa at the same time.

Processing times

75% of applications: 12 months

90% of applications: 18 months

Process to Become a Permanent Resident of Australia through a partner visa
Process for Partner Visa to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Family Visas

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, you may be eligible to sponsor a family member to live in Australia. They can enter Australia as temporary residents and then become a permanent resident of Australia after meeting certain requirements.

Parent Visa (subclass 103)

The Parent 103 visa enables parents whose children are already Australian citizens, permanent residents, or qualifying New Zealand citizens to stay in Australia permanently.

Cost

From AUD6,415

When applying for this visa, you must have an eligible child who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen, fulfil all visa restrictions, and observe Australian law. You must not have previously applied for or held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa. 

Note: At this time, the Department is not asking Family visa applicants to travel overseas. From March 24, 2021, qualifying Parent visa applicants will be allowed to apply for visas in Australia under a temporary concession.

Process for Parent Visa (subclass 103) to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Cost

From AU$47,775

Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

In comparison to the Parent (subclass 103) visa, the Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa has much quicker processing timeframes and a higher visa application fee.

The criteria for both visas, however, are nearly identical.

Process for Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143) to become a Permanent Resident of Australia

Child Visas

This visa allows a child outside of Australia to reside with their parents in Australia.

Child Visa (subclass 101)

This visa is for children who are currently residing outside Australia.

Cost

From AUD2,665

Processing times

75% of applications: 18 months

90% of applications: 25 months

Eligibility

The child must be:

  • the dependent child of an Australian citizen, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent visa holder.
  • be under the age of 18, a full-time student aged 18 to 25 who is financially dependent on a parent, or over 18 who is unable to work due to a handicap
  • be single and reliant on a parent
  • be residing outside of Australia at the time of application

Note: At this time, the Department is not asking Family visa applicants to travel overseas. From March 24, 2021, qualifying Parent visa applicants will be allowed to apply for visas in Australia under a temporary concession.

Child Visa (subclass 802)

This visa is for children who are currently in Australia.

Cost

From AUD2,665

Processing times

75% of applications: 13 months

90% of applications: 16 months

Eligibility

The child must be:

  • the dependent child of an Australian citizen, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent visa holder.
  • be under the age of 18, a full-time student aged 18 to 25 who is financially dependent on a parent, or over 18 who is unable to work due to a handicap
  • be single and reliant on a parent
  • be inside of Australia at the time of application

Note: At this time, the Department is not asking Family visa applicants to travel overseas. From March 24, 2021, qualifying Parent visa applicants will be allowed to apply for visas in Australia under a temporary concession.

Cost

From AUD2,665

Processing times

75% of applications: 16 months

90% of applications: 25 months

Adoption Visa (subclass 102)

This visa allows children who were adopted outside of Australia to reside with their adoptive parents in Australia.

Eligibility

The child must be:

  • have been under 18 years of age when adopted, when they apply and when the Department of Immigration makes a decision
  • be outside Australia when the application is submitted
  • be adopted or in the process of being adopted by their sponsor parent

Note: At this time, the Department is not asking Family visa applicants to travel overseas. From March 24, 2021, qualifying Parent visa applicants will be allowed to apply for visas in Australia under a temporary concession.

Have any questions?

Feel free to reach out to one of our partner migration agents!

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