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Residence Permit in Australia

Residence Permit in Australia

Spotlight on 3 permanent resident visas

There are different types of visas which allow you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident (3 visa categories are particularly common). Although visa application requirements vary, it is always necessary to be under 50 years of age and have a good knowledge of English.

You have a job offer in Australia: Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

This visa is open to both temporary foreign workers (Subclass 457 visa holders) and people who have little or no work experience in Australia. To be able to apply for this visa, you must be sponsored by an Australian employer.

The application is made online, whether or not you are already in Australia. A set of supporting documents, the number of which varies depending on your circumstances, must accompany the online Immi Account form. Visa fees are high, as you will need to pay AUD 4,115. Additional fees apply if you include your spouse and children in your application. The application process takes between 49 days and 20 months depending on the process you choose.

You do not have a job offer in Australia yet: Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

It is possible to apply for this point-based visa from within or outside Australia. However, your occupation must be on a Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and you must be able to provide evidence that you have the required qualifications and/or experience.

You must start by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) online, via SkillSelect. You can then apply for a visa only if you receive an invitation. The visa fee is the same as for the Employer Nomination Scheme but applications are processed between 53 days and 36 months.

You live in regional Australia: Skilled Regional visa (Subclass 887)

This visa is for foreigners in Australia who have lived for at least two years and worked for at least one year (full-time) in certain parts of the country. You must be able to provide proof of residence and proof of employment.

The visa application is made online at Immi Account: you will need to attach all the required documents. The visa costs AUD 425 and can be obtained for between 8 and 20 months.

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