There are various visa types that enable people from other countries to live and work in Australia permanently. It should be noted that irrespective of the categories one wishes to apply through, there are two factors that must remain common among the applicants: a proficiency in the English language and being under the age of fifty years.
1) Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
The first type of visa is under the subclass 186, noted as the Employer Nomination Scheme. This visa is available to those who receive a job offer and nominated in Australia. Available for both, people with no work experience in Australia, and those who have come in as temporary foreign workers, this must be sponsored by an Australian employer. They need to have three years’ relevant work experience for the occupation they are applying for, unless they are exempt.
The Visa fees are $4115, with extra charges to be paid if the visa includes applications for the person’s children and partner/spouse. This visa will take about six months to process.
2) Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
Another visa is the Subclass 189 visa, the Skilled Independent Visa. This visa applies to those applicants who have an occupation that falls in the SOL and satisfy the points test. The applicant must display substantial proof of qualifications and experience relevant to the occupation.
Procedurally, one needs to submit an EOI online, after which the visa can be applied for (provided the applicant received an invitation). The visa fee starts from $4,115 and 75% of the applications take around 20 months to be processed.
3) Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)
The third type of visa is the subclass 887 visa, the skilled regional visa (SRV), for those who reside in Australia. By residence, it is expected that the applicant has lived for at least two years and has also worked one year in the country at the minimum in specific areas of regional Australia. This of course needs to be shown via substantial proof.
The applicant must lodge the application online through a form (Application for a TSG or RVF), while also providing necessary documents. This visa costs $425 and can be obtained within 18-19 months.
Benefits of Acquiring Permanent Residency in Australia
Here are some of the benefits are of obtaining permanent residency in Australia:
- You are able to work and live in Australia
- This also includes bringing your family members
- Having a permanent residency allows concession in education for your children up to a certain age
- You are allowed to grant sponsorship to relatives for their PR status
- You are allowed various health & work benefits for you and the entire family
Beyond the visas, there are certain eligibility criteria that must be followed to seal the permanent residency deal:
- The residency only applies if the applicant’s age is below forty-five years
- The point’s grid, which is a standard measure to test a worker’s skill, must be cleared with a good number of points. In this case the applicant must be able to secure 65 points
- The applicant must also clear an English proficiency test
- As mentioned earlier, the applicant’s occupation must be a part of the MLTSSL list
- Finally, it is important for the applicant to prove their authority that they have good character and strong health
A Little More into the PR Process
After the application is submitted, there are different stages at which the applicant will be tested, as will the visa. These are:
1) Stage 1 – Skill Assessment
At this stage, the applicant must ensure they have the skills required, as well as the experience. This can be checked with a professional skill assessment body. After every document is submitted, it takes a total of a month or a month and a half to process.
2) Stage 2 – Expression of Interest
The EOI, short for Expression of Interest, is essentially a method of showcasing the applicant’s interest for their field of work. The chance of an applicant being invited for application is higher, if the EOI score is higher.
3) Stage 3 – Visa Application
On receiving the invitation to apply, the applicant must submit the visa application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This process is carried out roughly two months after the applicant receives their invitation to apply.
4) Stage 4 – Necessary Verification & Medical Documents
After receiving the invitation to apply, the applicant must apply for police verification and medicals, as it helps the department process their documents faster.
5) Stage 5 – The Visa Approval
After submitting the required documents, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection follows through with their research. Once they find the details to their demands, the applicant is granted their visa within three to five months.
6) Stage 6 – Procedure of Departure
The applicant now has six months to migrate to the country. This follows once they receive their confirmation of the visa approval.
About Excel Migration
The process of obtaining permanent residency can be tricky and can also take a lot of time. In the fast-moving world we live in today, it can be very risky. While individual skills and experience is something the applicant must have to manage themselves, it is also necessary to find a service that gets your visa application done quickly and efficiently. Excel Migration does just that.
They have a highly proficient team of certified immigration and migration agents in Melbourne. They are aware of every aspect of the Australian visa process and immigration, offering you reliable advice in applying for a visa or immigration under any category.
Excel Migration is well informed on current standings and the latest news in the visa statuses. All kinds of queries and services are welcome here.