You can become a Australian permanent resident by applying for and being granted a permanent visa that allows you to remain in Australia indefinitely. The most common permanent visas include some skilled work and family visas. In this blog, we will break down the most common pathways to becoming an Australian permanent resident.
People can become permanent residents of Australia in different ways. The three most common ways of becoming a permanent resident of Australia are through gaining:
- a family-stream permanent visa
- a work-stream permanent visa
- business or investor-stream permanent visa
In this blog, we will be covering the work-stream permanent visas only. If you have a family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, I would suggest scheduling a consultation to discuss your eligibility for a family-stream permanent visa instead.
What is a work-stream permanent visa?
Work-stream permanent visas can be broken down into two categories:
- Workers who have an Australian employer sponsoring or nominating them to work in Australia OR
- Those who have skills that Australia values and who are eligible to apply independently or have been invited to apply.
You will discover what visas are available in these categories below.
What is the first step to becoming an Australian Permanent Resident?
The first step is to assess your current situation and background to determine which visa subclass may be the best suited for you.
The main criteria that you are looking for are:
- Your Age
- Your English Language Proficiency
- Your Work Experience
- Your Educational Qualifications
Note: If you have a partner, speak any other languages, or have studied in Australia, these may also be considered for certain visa subclasses.
You should start by determining your nominated occupation. To determine this, your educational qualifications and/or work experience must be closely related to a nominated occupation on a relevant Skilled Occupation List within Australia.
What is a skilled occupation list?
Australia’s skilled visa programs are made up of three main lists:
- Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
- Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
- Regional Occupation List (ROL)
These are regularly reviewed t