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Permanent residency in Australia

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In culture, population, climate, geography, and history, Australia is truly a unique and diverse country in every way. An island continent and the world's sixth largest country, lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia has 19 listed World Heritage properties. Australia is famous for its ancient geology, high country, as well as its landmark buildings including the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Immigration and visa is the first step to resettle in a new country, a procedure that includes assessment of the prospective immigrant’s education (academic and professional), professional skills, training and experience for Permanent Residency in Australia. Applying for a permanent residency (PR) in any country requires some preparation.

 

 

Eligibility Criteria

For immigration to Australia, one may apply for either a student visa or for a work permit, the basic requirements for which are as follows:

  • Qualified in a profession or trade occupation which appears on the Australian Government's Skilled Occupations List.
  • Under 49 years of age
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Recent work experience, in most cases is also required
  • Health assessment – all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination

Applicants generally have to achieve passing marks in a Points Test which incorporates the basic selection criteria as well as other skill factors for which you can obtain additional or bonus points towards your final score. After graduation, the student can apply for a permanent residency in Australia.

Permanent residency Family

 

If you have an Australian citizen or a family member with an Australian permanent residency, you may be eligible for immigration to Australia. Immigration is available for:

 

  • Partners
  • Fiancé (e)
  • Children and
  • Dependent relatives


Business

Australian permanent residency is also available for business people who plan to establish or manage a new or existing business in the country. You may also be eligible for PR if you plan to invest in an Australian business.


Workers

There are numerous paths to Australian permanent residency through the worker category.

  • Employer Sponsored Workers – When an Australian employer sponsors a foreign national work in Australia.
  • General Skilled Migration – For people who possess a skill valued in Australia.
  • Skill Select – For workers possessing certain skills that Australia is in need of.
  • Doctors and Nurses – Permanent residency is available to doctors and nurses on a need-only basis.


New Zealand Visa

New Zealand residents have the option to live and work permanently in Australia without a PR. This option grants them a temporary SCV visa, but does not provide the same rights as a citizen holding Australian PR.


How can WWICS help

WWICS has a number of services that can help our clients apply for and receive a visa or PR in Australia. These services include:

  • Preparation of case for immigration
  • Submitting the complete case with supporting documentation and evidence
  • Assisting in the preparation for the visa interview
  • Multi-stage counseling of the client
  • Handling all correspondence with the Visa Office
  • Monitoring the client's case throughout the processing
  • Advising the client about the mandatory requirements
  • Adopting ways to save time and finances by taking pre-emptive measures

We also provide clients with post landing services that include:

  • Arranging accommodation for two weeks and then guiding to hire own accommodation
  • Free pick-up from Sydney airport to arranged accommodation
  • Assistance in arranging immediate social needs
  • Guidance for arranging school admissions for school going children, if applicable
  • Formatting resume as per Australian employers' requirements
  • Professional counseling / guidance for registration and licensing required for the PR
  • Assistance in Placement for initial temporary / transitional jobs
  • Assistance in any other issue related to permanent residency in Australia

Permanent residency in Australia requires that the person who had applied for immigration should complete the following social needs

  • Apply for a Tax File Number
  • Register with Medicare
  • Open a bank account
  • Register with Centrelink
  • Contact the Health Undertaking Service
  • Register for English classes, if needed
  • Enroll your children in school, if applicable
  • Apply for a driver’s permit

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q1. What are the various types of work permits for immigrants to Australia?

    There are numerous paths to Australian permanent residency through the worker category. The different types of which are listed below:

    To apply for a visa under the above mentioned categories, the applicant also needs to fulfill other requirements:

    • Employer Sponsored Workers – When an Australian employer sponsors a foreign national work in Australia.
    • General Skilled Migration – For people who possess a skill valued in Australia.
    • Skill Select – For workers possessing certain skills that Australia is in need of.
    • Doctors and Nurses – Permanent residency is available to doctors and nurses on a need-only basis.
    • Qualified in a profession or trade occupation which appears on the Australian Government's Skilled Occupations List.
    • Under 49 years of age
    • Proficiency in the English language
    • Recent work experience, in most cases is also required
    • Health assessment – all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination
  • Q2. What are the different ways of getting permanent residency in Australia?

    There are a number of ways by which one can receive permanent residency in Australia. If you have an Australian citizen or a family member with an Australian Permanent Residency, you may be eligible for immigration to Australia. Immigration is available for:

    Australian permanent residency is also available for business people who plan to establish or manage a new or existing business in the country. You may also be eligible for PR if you plan to invest in an Australian business. There are also numerous paths to Australian permanent residency through the worker category.

    New Zealand residents also have the option to live and work permanently in Australia without a Permanent Residency. This option grants them a temporary SCV visa, but does not provide the same rights as a citizen holding Australian Permanent Residency.

    • Partners
    • Fiancé (e)
    • Children and
    • Dependent relatives
    • Employer Sponsored Workers – When an Australian employer sponsors a foreign national work in Australia.
    • General Skilled Migration – For people who possess a skill valued in Australia.
    • Skill Select – For workers possessing certain skills that Australia is in need of.
    • Doctors and Nurses – Permanent residency is available to doctors and nurses on a need-only basis.
  • Q3. How do I find out if I am eligible to apply?

    The eligibility criteria vary with the type of Visa you apply for. For a worker’s permit one needs to satisfy the following:

    Applicants generally also have to achieve passing marks in a Points Test which incorporates the basic selection criteria as well as other skill factors for which you can obtain additional or bonus points towards your final score. For a student’s visa one must:

    • Qualified in a profession or trade occupation which appears on the Australian Government's Skilled Occupations List.
    • Under 49 years of age
    • Proficiency in the English language
    • Recent work experience, in most cases is also required
    • Health assessment – all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination
    • be outside Australia
    • be aged 18 years of age or over (additional documentation is required for students under 18 years of age)
    • be from an Assessment Level 1 country
    • have an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE)
    • not apply more than 90 days prior to the commencement of your course
    • only make an application for yourself
  • Q4. What are the documents required for applying for an Australian visa?

    The basic documents required for a visa application for Australia are:

    • Visa application form
    • Qualification certificates (professional and educational)
    • Registration, licensing or professional membership, if required
    • References from previous employers that cover a period sufficient to demonstrate the relevant skill level
    • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé, covering at least the last five years
    • Documents to show your level of English language proficiency
    • Proof of identification
    • For all dependant applicants, scanned copies of full birth certificates and a full marriage certificate
    • Documents regarding health insurance
    • Health assessment conducted prior to applying
  • Q5. What are social needs and what do they include?

    Social needs encompass the tasks that a new resident must complete in order to receive a social status and existence in the country. These needs include tasks like:

    • Apply for a Tax File Number
    • Register with Medicare
    • Open a bank account
    • Register with Centrelink
    • Contact the Health Undertaking Service
    • Register for English classes, if needed
    • Enroll your children in school, if applicable
    • Apply for a driver’s permit
  • Q6. How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa to immigrate to Australia?

    Every application is different and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for. For the most recent guidelines for Australian visa processing times, you can visit the Department of Immigration’s website.

  • Q7. Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

    No. The authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, make decisions on residence applications and to issue residence visas. This type of service is no longer provided by Government. Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. This is where WWICS can help you by providing assistance throughout the application and settlement process with our comprehensive service packages.

  • Q8. Can my application be rejected by the immigration authorities?

    Yes. The immigration regulations are strictly enforced and applications are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on the applications or by the submission of the wrong supporting documentation. That is why it is beneficial to seek the professional guidance and independent advice from WWICS before lodging an application for residence. Our organization exists to help you find the best way through the immigration process.

  • Q9. What is the Points Test and what all criteria are judged for it?

    Generally, applicants applying for a Skilled Visa for immigration to Australia are require to score a minimum number of points on the Points Test. The Points Test awards points for:

    • Age;
    • English Language Ability;
    • Skilled Employment;
    • Educational Qualifications;
    • Australian Study Requirements;
    • Credentialed Community Language Qualifications;
    • Study in Regional Australia
    • Partner Skill Qualifications;
    • Professional Years in Australia;
    • Nomination by State or Territory Government (visa subclass 190 only); and
    • Nomination by State or Territory Government or Sponsorship by an Eligible Family Member (visa subclass 490 only).
  • Q10. Can I get a business Visa to Australia?

    Australian permanent residency is available for business people who plan to establish or manage a new or existing business in the country. You may also be eligible for PR if you plan to invest in an Australian business.

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