29 Jan 2020

People from all over the world desire to relocate and reside in Australia. Migration is a major activity in Australia and selecting the right visa can give you a wealth of advantages. The most advantageous visas are those that offer permanent residency in Australia.

PR comes with a number of attractive benefits including:

Healthcare for you and your family
Free to live and work anywhere in Australia (some restrictions can apply)
Free education for children (up to certain age)
Options to apply for PR for relatives
Path to Citizenship

The Skilled Migrate program has the Visas with the greatest opportunity to PR. The Australian government allocate the most places to the skilled migration visas.

The most popular PR visas are:

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

This visa is for skilled workers that are in demand so they can live and permanently in Australia. This is a permanent residency visa and includes all of your family coming with you. To be able to apply you must:

Have a occupation on the 189 visa skilled list and have skills assessed
Score at least 65 points
Under 45 years old

The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

This visa is state sponsored, meaning that states that have a shortage of skills can offer a migrate a visa to work in there state for 2 years in return for an extra 10 points. This is a permanent visa. To be able to apply you must:

Have an occupation on the state skilled list and have skills assessed
Score at least 55 points independently of the state nomination
Under 45 years old
Have the intent to live and work in the state nominating for at least 2 years (or length of time detailed in the states conditions)

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)

This visa allows the migrate to live and work in certain regions of Australia that are in need of skills. Some of the these regional areas include the Gold Coast in Queensland, the whole of Tasmania and Adelaide in SA. This visa is provisional with pathways to PR. The visa alone allows you to stay in Australia for 5 years even without PR.

Global Talent Visa

This is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in and eligible field. Before applying for this visa a nomination is needed from an eligible individual or organisation.

These are just a few of the visas that lead to permanent residency, there are other possibilities out there. The benefits of applying for a PR visa from the state means that you don’t have to find another way to stay in Australia once your provisional runs out. It also has a quicker path to becoming a citizen.