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Migrating to Australia

You start the journey and we’ll chart the course.

Australia remains as one of the world's strongest economies in the world and many opt to migrate here for its diversity, amazing landscapes, and overall quality of life. 

The Australian migration program does not discriminate and is open to anyone from any country regardless of their ethnic origin, gender, colour, religion, provided they meet the criteria set out in law.

If you are a non-resident and would like an opportunity to live, study and work in Australia, there are many visa options available to you, namely the study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances here.

How to apply for permanent residency (PR)?

Research

Gather information about the process and the right visa category to apply. If you are unsure, speak to a migration agent so that you get a clearer picture of what needs to be done. Once you identify the ideal visa category and confirm your eligibility for an Australia PR visa, compile all essential documents to submit when you’re invited to apply for the visa.

Competent English

Some visa applications require you to show you have Competent English. You can do so if you either:

  • achieve the relevant score in IELTS or other approved English language test. You must have undertaken the test, no more than 36 months before you are invited to apply for the visa

  • are a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States. Points can be claimed for Proficient or Superior English only if you undertake an approved English language test.


You must be able to meet the English eligibility criteria at the time you are invited to apply for the visa.

Application

Depending of you chosen stream, you may be required to submit an expression of interest and wait for an invitation before you can proceed with your application. Go to the Department of Home Affairs website to find out more details about your application process.

Australia permanent resident

A permanent resident has most of the rights and entitlements of a citizen, however there are differences:

A citizen has an automatic right of entry to Australia, however if a permanent resident chooses to travel internationally, they need to ensure they have a permanent visa with a valid travel authority if they wish to return to Australia as a permanent resident.

A citizen can vote in Australian Government elections. In most cases permanent residents cannot, however if a permanent resident was enrolled to vote (as a British subject) prior to 1984, they may remain eligible to vote.

Eligibility for Australian government services and benefits, for both citizens and non-citizens, is the responsibility of the government agency with policy responsibility for the service or benefit. 

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