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Pathways to PR to Australia | Melbourne: A Guide to Australian Permanent Residency


The Australian Permanent Residency (PR) is a dream of thousands of international students studying in Australia. It offers various benefits and the process to apply for a PR is a tad bit tedious.

Firstly, there are various pathways to obtaining an Australian Permanent Residency. In this blog, we will look at the benefits of obtaining a PR, the process and selection criteria and the three main pathways to PR for students already living in Australia on a Student Visa (500) or a Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485.

Benefits of an Australian Permanent ResidencyPathways to PR to Australia | Melbourne

There are many benefits to be reaped when you obtain an Australian PR. Some of these benefits are:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Enrol in Australian national health scheme i.e., Medicare
  • Eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship
  • Apply for bank loans to purchase property
  • Can sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency

Eligibility Criteria for Pathways to PR to Australia | Melbourne

The requirements to meet the eligible criteria for applying a permanent residency are:

  • Age less than 45 years
  • Secure at least 65 points towards permanent residency
  • Occupation is listed in MLTSSL list
  • Skills assessed by respective authoritative bodies (Engineers Australia, ACS etc) based on education and work experience
  • Have a successful Medical and Character assessment

Pathways to Permanent Residency

There are various pathways to obtaining a permanent residency such as skill, business, work visas etc. In this blog, we will be looking at the three most popular pathways for international students. These pathways are:

  • Skilled Independent Visa (189)
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (190)
  • Skill Work Regional Visa – Provisional (491)

Steps Follow to Apply for PR

  • Choose occupation from SOL list
  • Meet points requirement
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Once successful, you will receive Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  • Submit application
  • Get Medicals and Police clearances
  • Receive Permanent Residency
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