How to get Permanent Residence in Australia?


Australian migrants are permanent residents of Australia who have been granted migrant or permanent resident visas and can live and work in the country. Migrants are not citizens, but they do have the option of becoming citizens once they have met the residency requirements. Immigrating to Australia can be accomplished in various ways, including through family, employment, refugee, or humanitarian status.

To migrate to Australia and live there, you must apply for one of the Australia PR visas (Permanent Resident). This visa can be applied for from anywhere in the world. According to a study, 70% of foreign nationals who come to Australia for various reasons want to stay, work, and live here.

DMS Migration Services is a MARA Registered Migration Agent who can help you apply for Australian Permanent Residence from anywhere in the world. The procedure is carried out entirely online.

The merit-based immigration processes to Australia are primarily point-based and based on occupational or business skills, experience, and English proficiency.

What is Permanent Residency in Australia?

The Permanent Residency Visa (PR) is a visa granted by Australia’s immigration authority to foreign nationals who meet certain criteria. An Australian PR (permanent resident) is a non-citizen who can work, live, and study in Australia without restrictions, just like an Australian citizen.

In terms of international travel and voting, Australian citizenship and permanent residency differ from each other.

Eligibility Criteria for Permanent Residency in Australia

Australia’s immigration system is based on a points system. The point-based system must be followed by anyone interested in applying for an Australian Permanent Residency Visa. Some of the categories are covered by the point system, but not all.

Under skilled Migration, subclasses 189, 190, and 491 are point tested, with a minimum requirement of 65. Only two streams in subclass 188 in business migration are point-tested, with a minimum score requirement of 65.

Points are calculated differently for each visa and subclass. The more points you have, the more likely you are to be granted a permanent visa.

Test of Points (only for subclass 189, 190, and 491)

When it comes to granting you an Australia Permanent Residency Visa, the Australian Immigration Authorities have a clear and concise method of weighing your credentials. The following are the factors that determine how many points you get:

Age: To be eligible for Australian PR, you must be under 45 years old.

Skills: Your skills are the most important criterion for obtaining a PR visa. 

Every year, Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection Department publishes an updated list of skill sets in high demand in Australia or any of its regions.

Suppose the skills you’ve nominated are on a regional or Australian highly rated skills list. In that case, you’ll be more likely to be invited to apply for a visa and have your application approved for permanent residency in Australia.

Knowledge of the English language: Competent English is the minimum requirement for making a valid application for an Australia PR visa, which is as follows:

IELTS: For listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, a minimum of 6 points are required.

TOEFL iBT: The minimum requirements for listening skills are 12, Reading skills are 13, Writing skills are 21, Speaking skills are 18.

PTE Academic: A score of 50 is required for listening, speaking, writing, and reading.

CAE: A minimum of 169 points is required for speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills.

Academic credentials: The points test considers your academic qualifications (whether they are accredited in Australia or abroad).

Your profession would not earn you points, but it would undoubtedly give your application an advantage over others. It’s because you’ll be given points based on how many years of “recognized experience” you have in that field. Most importantly, you must choose an occupation from one of the lists (MLTSSL, STSOL, or ROL), which does not guarantee you will receive points.

The points test determines what benefits you bring to Australia as an Australia PR holder if you work and live here. 

Skilled Migration Visas

Points Tested:

  • Skilled Independent Migration: subclass 189
  • Sponsored Migrations: State-sponsored (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Regional Provisional: subclass 489
  • Designated Area State-Sponsored
  • Designated Area Relative Sponsored

The following are not points tested:

  • Regional Sponsored (subclass 187)
  • Employer nominated (subclass 186)
  • Skilled Regional visa: subclass 887
  • Distinguished Talent: subclass 124

What is an Australian PR Process? 

Non-Australian citizens who wish to live and work permanently in Australia are granted a permanent resident visa. The program follows a very strict and systematic procedure for evaluating individual credentials before granting the visa.

As an Australian resident, the PR holder can stay in the country for an indefinite period and enjoy various benefits, including the right to work, travel, and receive free healthcare. They are also allowed to travel outside of Australia and return until their visa expires. 

After five years of residency in Australia, permanent residents can apply for citizenship. Before becoming citizens, they must pass a citizenship test and meet a few other requirements.

What are the benefits of an Australian PR visa? 

  • With a PR visa, you can work, live, and study anywhere in Australia. They also can travel freely within and outside of Australia for an indefinite period.
  • Permanent residents have the same rights as Australian citizens, with the exception of voting in state/territory and federal elections and applying for government jobs.
  • A PR visa holder can sponsor their family members, partner, dependent children, and other relatives for permanent or temporary residency in Australia.
  • Free healthcare, social security benefits, and insurance, among other things
  • Permanent Residents’ children will be Australian citizens from the moment they are born. 

How to apply for an Australian Permanent Residency?

When applying for an Australian permanent resident visa, one must follow a step-by-step procedure to increase their chances of success. They must first choose a suitable visa category, assess their eligibility, and then submit an Expression of Interest to SkillSelect.

Candidates who meet certain criteria will be invited to apply for an Australian visa for Indians. It is critical to gather all documents and enclose them with the application within a 60-day period for this to happen.

Under the new arrangement, it is now mandatory for all migrants interested in points-based skilled migration and/or business investment innovation permit plans to submit an EOI before receiving an invitation to present a submission for permanent residency in Australia.

Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Select for Australia PR Visa or Australia PR Process:

It’s important to show that you’re interested in the right permit for your situation. For the migration skill assessment process, you can choose from a variety of skilled permit options.

Check the relevant Skilled Occupation List Australia to see if your profession is truly qualified for skilled overseas movement.

Learn about the specific requirements for the permit you’re interested in obtaining. Skill Select offers only a small number of skilled visa options. 

Before you begin your online EOI, double-check that all of your documents are in perfect working order. You will not have a complete EOI in the Skill Select until you provide proof of every necessary paper/certificate, such as an IELTS Test skills evaluation.

To find step-by-step instructions for entering your EOI details, go to the Skill Select support site and look at the Getting started manual guide.

Once you’ve finished creating your EOI profile, save the unique EOI identification number. When you log in to Skill Select, the specific number will be your username. Remember to write down the answers to your security questions. If you forget your password, this will be your only option for resetting it.

It is critical that you take your time when answering the EOI questions and ensure that you truly understand the questions. Use the question mark icons if you get stuck or can’t seem to figure out a question. These provide crucial information to help you answer.

As soon as your circumstances change, update your EOI with the latest information. The same will ensure that your updated information is taken into account in the next round of automatic invitations.

After you submit your EOI, you may receive an invitation to submit a visa application within a short period of time. It’s critical that you’re able to back up your claims in your EOI with documentation, and that you have this ready to go when you file your petition.

Examine the monthly reports tab on the Skill Select web page, which shows the number of invitations sent out for the previous automatic invitation round. The same provides a breakdown of the number of invites issued for each profession listed on the SOL.

Following the submission of your application, the entire Australia visa processing time will take between 6 and 11 months to receive your Permit.

There are two significant streams for merit-based Migration:

  • Skilled Migration
  • Business Migration

There are other non-points based pathways to PR in Australia that include

  • Family Migration.
  • Distinguished Talent
  • Employer nominated scheme
  • Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)
  • Humanitarian Streams


The process for Australian PR takes time and requires a thorough preparation of documents, filling forms, submission on deadlines, proving the eligibility on different conditions, etc.

We assist Engineers in applying for an appropriate Australian PR with the help of CDR Report from anywhere globally because the entire process is done online. From providing you with detailed information about Australia’s immigration process to obtaining your Australian PR visa, we will be there for you every step of the way. We keep in touch with the Australian immigration bureau regularly to keep you up to date on the status of your PR application.

We offer professional assistance to applicants in the skilled migration category by sharing our CDR report and CV preparation tips. CDR represents the engineer’s knowledge and skills they gained as a professional engineer and your CV represents the strength of your visa application, having an eye-catching cover letter and CV is crucial.