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Become an Australian Permanent Resident In 2023



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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:

  1. Workers who have an Australian employer sponsoring or nominating them to work in Australia OR
  2. 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:

These are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect genuine skills needed in Australia. So what is the difference between the three lists?

Generally speaking, the MLTSSL contains occupations in higher demand in Australia. The STSOL includes high-demand occupations but has certain limitations, especially when applying for an employer-sponsored visa. The ROL is for occupations positioned in regional Australia.

When writing this blog, there is also a Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This list identifies occupations that fill critical skills needed to support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Employer-sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL are given priority processing. The skilled occupation lists mentioned above remain active, but the PMSOL occupations are being prioritised.

The PMSOL is temporary, and priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic.

It is important to note that each list has access to different visas. Therefore, it is essential to determine your nominated occupation correctly and which Skilled Occupation List your nominated occupation or closely related nominated occupation falls under.

How to determine your nominated occupation

Firstly, you need to find the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations code (ANZSCO code) for your occupation. The ANZSCO is referred to as the principal source of information on the skill requirements for the nominated occupation used by the Department of Home Affairs. The ANZSCO provides the level of qualification required and/or the number of years of experience a person should have in order to be able to perform the occupation.

How do you find the ANZSCO code for your nominated occupation?

Information on your nominated occupation can be found on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website

Simply type your occupation in the search bar and find your unit group.

What important information does the website have?

You will notice that your occupation will be in a unit group with a four-digit number on this website. Occupations in the same first four-digit group are referred to as ‘closely related’ occupations.

This website is a great way to find out what tasks someone in Australia would generally perform in your nominated occupation. For your work experience to be considered, you must evidence that the tasks you have performed are ‘closely related’ to those found in ANZSCO.

It can also give you information on what formal qualifications may be required for your nominated occupation in Australia. It may also provide information on whether or not your occupation may require licencing or registration in Australia.

This website also provides you information such as whether or not a certain amount of relevant work experience may be substituted for the relevant formal qualification and/or if additional on-the-job training is required following your formal qualification.

ANZSCO is also broken down into various skill levels which are defined in terms of formal education and training, previous experience and on-the-job training.


How do I find out what skilled occupation list my nominated occupation is on?

So, there are a few different ways to do this, however, a safe and up to date way to start is by going to the Department of Home Affairs website and searching for your occupation. Here is a link to that website:

This will show you:

  • what visas your occupation may have access to
  • the relative assessing authority for skills assessments
  • what Skilled Occupation List your occupation falls under

What workstream Australian permanent residency visas are there?

Tip: click on the above visas to review the minimum eligibility requirements and the process for each visa. We cannot express enough how important it is to plan correctly and ensure you are eligible for a visa prior to commencement.

If your occupation does not have access to a permanent visa or if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for a permanent visa, then you may need to seek an alternative pathway. For this, we would highly recommend that you schedule a Permanent Residency Strategy Consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents here

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Skills Assessments for Australian Permanent residency

If you intend to apply for a ‘Skilled’ visa, you must obtain a skills assessment to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills that match those required for an occupation listed on the current skilled occupation lists.

For each skilled occupation listed on relevant occupation lists, the Department of Home Affairs has specified an assessing authority that may carry out skills assessments for that occupation. The Department will accept only a skills assessment conducted by the relevant assessing authority in support of an EOI or visa application.

The assessing authority will review your qualifications and work experience to determine whether or not you possess the necessary skills to undertake your chosen occupation in Australia. Although the requirements for each occupation (and each assessing authority) differ, as a minimum, you will generally be required to provide evidence of your:

  • identity (e.g. passport)
  • qualifications (e.g. award certificates and academic transcripts)
  • work experience (e.g. written work references, tax records, employment contracts)
  • overseas or Australian registration or licensing, if applicable (e.g. registration/licensing document)

In addition, you must pay the fee charged by the authority for the skills assessment, and provide any other documents or information required.

NOTE: The exact requirements for a skills assessment application will vary depending upon your chosen skilled occupation and the relevant assessing authority. We also provide Skills Assessment services should you require assistance, and you can schedule a consultation here.

What are the highest-demand occupations in Australia?

    • Accountant (General)
    • Actuary
    • Aeronautical Engineer
    • Agricultural Consultant
    • Agricultural Engineer
    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
    • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
    • Analyst Programmer
    • Architect
    • Artistic Director
    • Arts Administrator or Manager
    • Audiologist
    • Automotive Electrician
    • Barrister
    • Biochemist
    • Biomedical Engineer
    • Biotechnologist
    • Boat Builder and Repairer
    • Botanist
    • Bricklayer
    • Cabinetmaker
    • Cardiologist
    • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    • Carpenter
    • Carpenter and Joiner
    • Cartographer
    • Chef
    • Chemical Engineer
    • Chemist
    • Child Care Centre Manager
    • Chiropractor
    • Civil Engineer
    • Civil Engineering Draftsperson
    • Civil Engineering Technician
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
    • Conservator
    • Construction Project Manager
    • Dancer or Choreographer
    • Dermatologist
    • Developer Programmer
    • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
    • Diesel Motor Mechanic
    • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
    • Economist
    • Educational Psychologist
    • Electrical Engineer
    • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
    • Electrical Engineering Technician
    • Electrician (General)
    • Electrician (Special Class)
    • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
    • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
    • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
    • Electronics Engineer
    • Emergency Medicine Specialist
    • Endocrinologist
    • Engineering Manager
    • Engineering Professionals nec
    • Engineering Technologist
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Environmental Engineer
    • Environmental Manager
    • Environmental Research Scientist
    • Environmental Sc