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Sure Shot Way To Get Australia PR Visa

If you are looking for a way to migrate to Australia then Australia PR Visa is the right choice for you. This visa is a permanent category visa that allows its applicants to settle and work in Australia along with their families on a permanent basis. This visa allows its applicants to become a citizen in Australia if he or she has lived there in the last 4 years. This is one of the reasons why applicants apply for the Australia PR Process and pave their way towards this beautiful country.  

There are various visas designed by the Department of Home Affairs, Australia to offer overseas immigrants a chance to get a PR visa based on their professional skills.

There have been some major changes implemented by the Australian Government to immigration and visa categories. The main focus of these changes is to boost and justify the skill-shortage of Regional Australia.

The three main categories of Visa for PR are:

1. Skilled independent visa (Subclass 189).

2. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)

3. State-sponsored visa (Subclass 190).

Now as for applying for a permanent residency visa, there is a point-based system that applicants need to follow. The Australian Immigration Authority has put forward this Australia PR Points system to determine the eligibility for PR Visa. The points are given based on factors like:

  • Age 
  • Educational Qualification
  • Working Experience
  • Language Proficiency 
  • And other factors.

But before we move forward towards the topic about how to apply for Australian PR, let’s just first talk about the benefits of this visa so that you can decide whether you want to opt for it or not.

Benefits of getting a PR In Australia:

  • Work and live in Australia
  • In the initial five years, you can enter and leave Australia multiple times. After that it can be renewed also.
  • You can opt for citizenship after residing in the initial years in permanent residency.
  • Free or subsidized medical and legal benefits.
  • Can sponsor relatives to Australia.
  • You have the right to apply for Australian consular assistance overseas.
  • After getting approval from the New Zealand Government, you also have an option to live, work or study in New Zealand.
  • Your children born in Australia are considered as an Australian citizen by birth.

Australia PR Visa Requirements:

As we already know that the Australian Immigration department uses a point-based system for evaluation of a candidate’s profile. But first, explore the requirement of Australia PR visa step by step:

Step 1: Documents

Arranging all the documents like travel and educational documents and other documents like language proficiency and skill assessment report from a recognized authority.

Step 2:  Visa Category

Selecting the right visa category is of utmost importance. Some common visa categories are Subclass 189, Subclass 190, and Subclass 491. 

Step 3: Selecting an Occupation

After the visa category the chosen, the next step is selecting an occupation from SOL (Skilled Occupation List). 

If you are in a non-sponsored visa (Subclass 189) then the occupation list is SOL whereas if you are applying for a state nominated visa (Subclass 190) then the occupation list is Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupation for a particular Australian region.

Step 4: Applying in Point Based System:

After all the things above are done, you need to file for an Expression Of Interest (EOI) in the Skill Select System of Australia. In this system your profile is given points based on factors stated above. You must have a score of 65 points for your profile to be eligible.

Step 5: Medical and Character Certificate:

You must be morally and medically sound before you can apply for Australia PR. That is why you need to provide a certificate for these as well.

Step involved while applying for Australian PR:

  • Checking whether your occupation is in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
  • Arranging all the essential documents.
  • Selection of perfect visa category.
  • Getting a nomination if applying through Subclass 190.
  • Obtaining a minimum of 65 points in the Skill Select System after submission of EOI (Expression Of Interest).
  • Then waiting for ITA from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • After receiving the ITA, you must submit your documents within 60 days for Australia PR.
  • As the application is being processed, obtain other documents like PCC and medical documents.
  • The last step is approval from the DHA.

Different Categories of Australia PR:

Well there are several categories for applying PR in Australia. The three main categories are given below in a detailed manner.

  • Skilled independent visa (subclass 189).
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)
  • State-sponsored visa (Subclass 190).

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189):

As the name suggests, this visa is for people who don’t have sponsorship from family members, employers, or states in Australia. As selection for this visa is done on the basis of a point-based system. Hence the main focus is on candidates’ skills, experience, and points scored by their profile. This Australian Visa offers PR status to the main applicant and their accompanying family members. 

The first step for applying for this visa is choosing a relevant occupation form the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Then comes the submission of Expression of Interest (EOI). Once your profile is selected, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) within the first 60 days of profile selection.   

Important Note: There is a combined list of Occupation which contains both Long and Medium-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-Term Skilled Occupation Demand List (STSOL).

Requirements under Subclass 189:

  • Choosing an occupation from the list.
  • Scoring at least 65 points for the profile in the Skill- Select System.
  • Age should be under 45 years.
  • Skill Assessment from a recognized assessment authority.
  • Getting a good score on a language proficiency exam to prove your command on English.
  • Submission of EOI.
  • Medical and Character certificates.

Benefits of Subclass 189:

  • Work and live in Australia.
  • Can study in Australia as well at any level.
  • Medical and unemployment benefits.
  • Facility to apply for citizenship after spending a certain required time in Australia.
  • Can sponsor a family member for permanent or temporary residency.

Visa cost for Subclass 189:

Visa Category Quantity Price
Independent Visa 1 4045 $ (primary applicant)
Dependent Visa Fee (18 or 18 above) 1 2020 $
Dependent Visa Fee (Under 18 years) 1 1015 $

These visa fees are subject to change as per the Australian Government. To get the exact cost, get in touch with our experts now.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491):

If you want to live in Regional Australia, then this is the best option for you. This visa category was implemented by the Australian Government on November 16 2019. This visa was introduced by the Australian Government for the purpose of replacing Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 489). 

Subclass 491 Benefits:

This visa is a 5 years valid visa and has some additional benefits compared to an old Subclass 489 visa. It allows you to travel in and out of Australia as long as the validity of this visa.

  • You get an additional 5 points for the nomination owing to settle in regional Australia. 
  • Permanent Residency status will be available by Subclass 191 which is starting from 16 November 2022.
  • This visa holder allows applicants to enroll for Medicare services.
  • This visa allows immigrants to move between different regional areas of Australia.
  • All other areas are considered as regional areas except Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  • This visa has access to a regional occupation list which has more job options as compared to the non-regional occupation list.
  • There is a lot of demand for skilled workers in regional Australia. Because of the skill shortage in these areas, the government of Australia is encouraging migration to these areas. There are 25000 new visa places that have been allocated annually by the government for regional visas.

Requirements under Subclass 491:

  • Age should be under 45 years
  • Nomination from state, territory, or family should be there.
  • Must have a valid occupation as per the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations.
  • Skill Assessment Report from an authorized assessing body.
  • IELTS requirement 6 bands each.
  • Receive an ITA through the Skill Select System from DHA.
  • Minimum 65 points required after profile evaluation.
  • Medical and Character certificates.

Visa cost for Subclass 491:

Visa Category Quantity Price
Primary Applicant 1 4,045.00
Additional Applicant Charge (18 or 18 above) 1 2,025.00
Additional Applicant Charge (Under 18 years) 1 1,010.00
Total   AUD  7,080.00

These visa fees are subject to change as per the Australian Government. To get the exact cost, get in touch with our experts now.

Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190): 

This visa is a State nomination point-based visa category. This visa allows applicants the status of PR which allows them to work and settle in Australia. The first thing in this visa is getting a nomination from a state or territory in Australia.

Once the submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) is done in the Skill Select System of Australia, then the only thing left is the nomination from the state of Australia. The points that are required in this visa category is 60.

Once the State gives you the nomination, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). After ITA you have to apply for a visa within 60 days.

Requirements under Subclass 190:

  • The occupation must be in the Short Term Skilled Occupational Demand List (STSOL) of Australia.
  • 65 points required after profile evaluation.
  • The age requirement is under 45 years.
  • Skill Assessment from authorized assessment body.
  • Language proficiency (IELTS) exam as per state requirement.
  • Work experience as per state requirements.
  • Submission of EOI.
  • Applying for State sponsorship.
  • Medical and Character certificate.

Subclass 190 Benefits:

  • Work and Live in Australia.
  • Can study in Australia as well at any level.
  • Health Care Facilities.
  • Unemployment benefits.
  • Applying for citizenship after spending the required amount of time. 
  • Sponsorship giving facility for permanent and temporary residency to family members as well. 

Visa cost for Subclass 190:

Visa Category Quantity Fees
Primary Applicant 1 4,045.00
Additional Applicant Charge (18 or 18 above) 1 2,025.00
Additional Applicant Charge (Under 18 years) 1 1,010.00

These visa fees are subject to change as per the Australian Government. Contact with our experts now, to know the exact cost, 

Processing time for Australia PR visa:

The average processing time for the Australian PR will depend upon the path you have taken and which visa category you have chosen. Some other factors that affect the processing time are:

Does the applicant has submitted the full application along with the supporting documents that are necessary for visa filing?

The response time of the applicant for additional documents.

Time lapsed for verifying the supporting documents.

Time lapsed for acquiring additional information from agencies like medical, PCC, and other relevant documents.

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