The facts about Australian permanent residency (PR)

Here is the fact sheet for those who are planning for the Australian Permanent Residency, if you are planning to study at Australia or are currently pursuing the same, then this information is for you!

Who is an Australian permanent resident?

If you are a not a citizen in Australia but you have a permanent visa, then you are an Australian permanent resident. PR holders can live, study and work there without any restriction. An Australian Permanent resident can avail many rights and privileges of Australian Citizens. PR holders can avail the access to Medicare which is publically funded universal health care arrangement in Australia.

How to be an Australian Permanent resident?

Well, in a case where you have just graduated in Australia you will have the opportunity to consider about the skilled visa by submitting your personal Expression of Interest at the online portals of SkillSelect which is an online migration service of Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). You need to submit your personal details about your education and profession, your nominated profession, level of proficiency in English language along with the details of skill assessment of your nominated profession and investment/ business experience. This service of DIBP allows you to procure a number of visas ranging from Business talent (Permanent) subclass 132, Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) to Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa etc.

Generally, graduates select Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). which is a points based visa for the skilled professionals in the age group of 18-49. These are neither sponsored by any employer or a family member nor are nominated by the state government. Subclass 189 allows you to work and live as an Australian permanent resident. All applications undergo skills assessment for the nominated occupation.

What to do for improving your chance of getting the Australian PR?

Interested aspirants need to gain the professional experience and incorporate language skills after the completion of their respective courses via the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485). Professional Year Program (PYP) which are offered in the areas of accounting, Computer science and engineering are put in place to make a candidate career oriented, industry ready and hirable for this purpose.

What is ‘Points test’ for skilled visa?

This is like a scale on which applicant’s suitability is judged for the visa. For a skilled independent visa, an applicant has to score a minimum of 60 points after submitting EOI. Points are granted keeping various factors like age, language ability, skilled profession, previous qualifications, Australian education and other aspects such as partner’s qualification, study in a particular region of Australia or the skills etc. Different categories have different points distribution. To simplify for you, if you are in between 18-24 years of age you will be awarded 25 points, this number will drop to 15 if your age is between 40-44 and there will be 0 points if you are aged between 45-49.

Candidates get 5 points if they have qualified one or two degrees, trade qualifications or diplomas at an Australian education provider.In order to have the best chances, you need to qualify a course which is-

  • Registered with Commonwealth Registrar of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • At least a total of sixteen calendar months
  • Finished in two academic years of study
  • Taught to you in English language
  • Completed in Australia

For a further clarity about the points test to get the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189), please visit the official website of Department of Immigration and Border Protection

From where do I seek the information and professional advice about PR?

Sometimes it turns really confusing for a person to apply for Australian permanent residency as it includes a number of stepladders. In order to get the most relevant and correct lead to PR, you should explore the official website of DIBP. For any further information click and scroll through the links below for your ready reference-

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