Australian Permanent Resident Visa & Citizenship in Melbourne

Australian Permanent Residency Visa is the final step in your immigration journey. It gives the most rights and privileges given to an Australian citizen. With a permanent residency visa, you can stay in Australia indefinitely and live, work and study without restriction. If you are looking for an experienced and skilled visa consultancy to apply for an Australian Permanent Residency visa in Melbourne, you are at the right place.

Connect with Australia Migration Services is a trusted visa service provider in Melbourne. Our visa agents know the Australian permanent residence visa and immigration process inside-out. We guide and help you to apply for a permanent residency visa application with all the required documents. It is crucial to apply with a zero error application to increase your chances of success, given the huge demand for Australian PR and the limited slots available each year.

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What is a Permanent Residency Visa?

An Australian permanent residency visa gives you the right to live in Australia permanently. It is, however, not the citizenship of Australia. The permanent residency opens the way to apply for Australian citizenship in due course. You can apply for a permanent residency visa under any of these streams:

  1. Family-stream permanent residency visa
  2. Work-stream permanent residency visa
  3. Business or investment-stream permanent residency visa
  4. Former Resident permanent residency visa
  5. Global Talent permanent residency visa
  6. Refugee and humanitarian permanent residency visas

Key Differences between Permanent Residency and Citizenship and Limitations

Australian Permanent Resident Australian Citizen
Cannot apply for an Australian passport Can apply for an Australian passport
Cannot vote in the elections Can vote in the elections
Cannot work in the Australian Defence Forces Can work with the Australian defence forces
Do not have an automatic right to return to Australia Can enter and exit Australia multiple times with an automatic right of return
Cannot obtain work in the Australian government Can obtain work in the Australian government

Streams of Permanent Residence Visa Australia

There are 3 different streams that you can use, as per your eligibility when applying for a permanent residency:

  1. Family-stream permanent residence visa:

    You can apply for this visa if you are the child, parent or dependent relatives of an Australian citizen, permanent residence visa holder or an eligible New Zealand resident. This visa helps you live permanently in Australia with your family member.

  2. Work-stream permanent residence visa:

    You need the sponsorship of your employer to apply for this category of a permanent visa. The visa allows applicants to add their family members and dependents in the application.

  3. Business or Investment-stream permanent residence visa:

    You can apply under this category if you are or intend to run an existing or set up a new business in Australia. You can also use this visa if you are investing a minimum threshold amount as an investment in Australia.
    You should have held the provisional visa subclass 188 for at least 1 year before you can apply for this visa.

There are various eligibility requirements that you need to meet before you can apply for an Australian PR, such as:

  1. You should be less than 45 years of age
  2. Demonstrating a likelihood to live in Australia or maintain a close link
  3. You score 65 points or above in the score table
  4. You have had no visa breach in the past
  5. You clear the character and health test
  6. You can competent level proficiency in English
  7. You do not owe any debt to the Australian government

Please note that these are general eligibility conditions. To find out the detailed eligibility requirements that are decided based on the stream, such as the 186 permanent residency visa that you are applying for, you need to discuss your application with a visa agent. Our licensed visa agents can advise you on how best to apply for an Australian permanent residency visa.

Rights and Privileges of Permanent Residency Visa Holders

Securing an Australian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa comes with a set of rights and privileges which are distinct from citizenship. There are various rights and privileges that come with the permanent residency visa, such as:

  1. You can live in Australia on a permanent basis
  2. You can work, study and travel in Australia without restrictions
  3. You can apply for bank loans
  4. You can buy any property across Australia
  5. You will have the option to apply for Australian citizenship, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
  6. You can register for Australia’s national healthcare system
  7. You can sponsor eligible relatives’ visas or PR applications
  8. You have the freedom to travel to and from Australia throughout the duration of your travel authorisation.
  9. You can attend free English language classes
  10. You can work in New Zealand

Here is the table for the Point Grid and corresponding points for every classification:

Classification  Points
Age between 25 and 32 years 30
8 to 10 years work  experience (inside Australia) 20
Doctorate (outside Australia) 20
Proficiency in English 20
8 to 10 years work  experience (outside Australia) 15
Sponsorship by a relative/ regional sponsorship 15
Skilled spouse/de-facto partner (meets requirements of age, skill etc.) 10
Doctorate or master’s degree (inside Australia) 10
Applicants without spouse or de facto partner or with an Australian citizen/permanent resident as spouse/de-facto partner 10
Study in a regional area 5
Qualified in community language 5
Professional year in a skilled program (inside Australia) 5
State sponsorship 5
Skilled spouse/de-facto partner with competent English proficiency does not meet requirements of age, skill etc.) 5

Call our permanent residence visa specialist for consultation and guidance if you feel that you don’t meet the required score or get confused.

What is the Processing Time of a Permanent Residence Visa Australia?

The processing time of a permanent residence visa application depends on various factors such as:

  • Complete application
  • Error-free application
  • Inclusion of all required documents
  • Available yearly slots
  • Time taken by external agencies for clearance (like Police)
  • Quick revert to queries for additional information

It is important to apply with a zero-error application and to timely respond to all queries by the Department of Home Affairs for additional information. The slots available in a particular year and the applications already in the queue are also key factors determining the time to process the application.

A visa agent can help you by checking with the immigration authorities and giving you periodic updates on the status of your application.

Documents Checklist for a Permanent Residence Visa Australia

Here is a list of documents that you require when you are applying for a permanent residence visa:

  • Application form
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Character and police clearance certificates
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Educational assessment
  • Proof of nomination (if applicable)
  • Spouse skill documents (if applicable)
  • Any visa category-specific support documents

Cost of a Permanent Residence Visa Australia

Category Main Applicant Secondary applicant (18 and above) Secondary applicant ( under 18)
Skilled Independent Visa AUD 4,115 AUD 2,055 AUD 1,030
Skilled Nominated Visa AUD 4,115 AUD 2,055 AUD 1,030
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa AUD 4,115 AUD 2,055 AUD 1,030

Please note that this cost is subject to change by the immigration department. Always check the Department of Home Affairs website or with your visa agent before applying.
There are associated costs for skills assessment tests, English language proficiency tests, Police clearance, medical tests etc.

How to Apply For an Australian Permanent Residency Visa?

Here are the steps you need to apply for an Australian Permanent Residency visa:

  1. Step 1: Check your eligibility:

    You must check your eligibility and evaluation score before applying for a permanent residency. You should also collect all your required documents that strengthen your PR application.

  2. Step 2: English proficient test

    Get your test scores for English proficiency. This is an important requirement for anyone trying to obtain permanent residency and later Australian citizenship. You can use the test scores of any of the Standard English language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE or CAE.

  3. Step 3: Skill assessment test:

    If applicable, get your skill assessment done. The designated skill assessment authority tests your skills based on your education, work experience and evaluates the same as per Australian standards.

  4. Step 4: Register for EOI:

    Register for an ‘Expression of Interest’ at the Skill Select website. Choose your category and carefully fill in all responses to the questions in different fields.

  5. Step 5: ITA:

    Once you have met the criteria and are eligible to apply, you will get an Invitation to Apply or ITA for a permanent residency in Australia.

  6. Step 6: Submit your PR application:

    Within 60 days of receiving the ITA, you must apply your PR application with all relevant documents related to your work experience, family details, immigration documents, etc.

  7. Step 7: Answer the queries:

    The immigration department may ask you for additional queries depending on your case and documents. Ensure that you answer them with correct information on a timely basis.

  8. Step 8: Get your visa results:

    You are awarded permanent residency in Australia based on your eligibility and the availability of slots or quota status of a given year.

Best Migration Agent for Australian Permanent Residency

Connect with Australia Migration Services is a trusted and leading visa consultancy provider in Melbourne. Our MMA visa agents are registered with MARA and have years of experience dealing with visas and migration. Over the years we have helped hundreds of visa seekers from around the world to become part of the Australian dream and obtain a permanent residency visa.

We understand that every client and his or her case is different. We provide personalised advice that is based on your eligibility and requirements. With our friendly and patient visa agents, applying for Australian PR becomes an easy and stress-free process. You get guidance and support every step of the way, with honest advice from knowledgeable and experienced migration experts.

With us, you get:

  1. Personalised services
  2. Honest evaluation
  3. Documentation and visa filing assistance
  4. Start-to-finish services
  5. MARA-compliant services and pricing
  6. Knowledgeable visa agents
  7. Quick treasured time
  8. Regular updates
  9. Liaison with immigration authorities

Are you ready to discuss your Australian permanent residency visa application or have questions on the 482 visa to permanent residency? Call us on 0413 441 213 or email us at to book a consultation with one of our PR specialists. We are here to answer all your queries, evaluate your application and advise you on every aspect of your application. You can also fill out our online form and our team will contact you.


The Australian permanent residency visa is a “permanent” category of visa. However, the international travel on this visa is valid only for 5 years. You will need to apply for a Resident return visa if you wish to travel and re-enter Australia after 5 years. You can also apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible after you have been granted an Australian PR.

There may be various reasons for the delay in your visa application, such as:

  1. Number of visas in queue
  2. Police clearance time taken
  3. Your overall score
  4. Time the immigration department takes to check the documents
  5. External agencies may take time for documents verification
  6. How soon you revert to any clarifications by the immigration authorities


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