Permanent Residency Pathways in Australia
Many people choose to migrate to Australia for its diversity, amazing landscapes, and overall quality of life. It remains one of the world's strongest economies.
How to apply for Australian permanent residency (PR)?
There are many factors to consider when applying for a visa, so be sure to gather as much information about the process and the right visa category as possible. If you are unsure about what needs to be done in order to immigrate to Australia, speak with a migration agent. Once you have a better understanding of the process and what visas are available, gather all of your essential documents so that when you're invited to apply for the visa, you'll have everything necessary.
Some visa applications may require you to show that you have good English skills. You can do so if you either:
- To be eligible for a visa, you must achieve a score on an approved English language test. The test must have been taken no more than 36 months before your application is submitted.
- A person must be a citizen of one of the following countries in order to qualify for a visa: Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States. Only points for English proficiency can be claimed, and these must be earned through an approved English language test.
- To be eligible for a visa, you must meet the English eligibility criteria at the time you are invited to apply.
Depending on which stream you choose, you may have to submit an expression of interest and wait for an invitation before proceeding with your application. You can find out more details about your application process on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Australia Permanent Resident (PR)
A permanent resident has all of the rights and entitlements of a citizen, however there are some differences.
A citizen has the right of entry to Australia, however if a permanent resident chooses to travel internationally, they need to ensure that they have a valid travel authority in order to return to Australia as a permanent resident.
A citizen of Australia can vote in Australian Government elections. In most cases, permanent residents cannot vote, but if a permanent resident was enrolled to vote (as a British subject) prior to 1984, they may remain eligible to do so.
Citizens and non-citizens who are eligible for government services or benefits must be registered with the relevant government agency.