The 2022 Process for Australian Permanent Residency

Jan 24, 2024

Who wouldn't want to live in a nation that guarantees a good quality of life and an endless number of opportunities? If you're thinking about making a shift, Australia could be the right place for you.


Australia has developed as an appealing option for people seeking permanent residency due to its thriving economy, outstanding quality of life, and world-class healthcare and education systems.

Things to Consider…

If you’re thinking about applying for Permanent Residency in Australia in 2024, you need to be aware of the eligibility requirements and application procedures. This is why we have highlighted the important things in this blog that will help you through the eligibility evaluation into the process of applying for Australian permanent residency.


What's the PR Process in Australia?

Learn about the three main stages:

1. Skill Assessment

In this stage, you will associate with an authorized organization to evaluate your skills. The faster you submit your skills assessments, the faster it will help accelerate the response.

2. Register for Expression of Interest (EOI)

The next step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via Australia's Skill Select website. 


Fill out an online form on the SkillSelect site, answering skill-related questions about your desired visa subclass. For PR visa applications, SkillSelect offers three visa categories:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

  • 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

  • Regional skilled (provisional) Subclass 491

3. State Nomination

For Subclass 189 and Subclass 190 applicants need to submit a state Nomination application. Different states have different state nomination criteria. Depending on the state applicant applied for, he/she may need to apply for ROI (Registration of Interest) or state Nomination application directly.

4. Visa Approval

Following the submission of your documents, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) thoroughly evaluates your profile. If you satisfy their requirements, you will be granted a visa.

5. Prepare to Flyout & Migrate

After getting permission for an Australia PR visa, applicants must relocate to Australia by the prescribed arrival date provided in the visa grant letter.


To check if you’re eligible or not, ask yourself the following questions!

a. Am I of appropriate age?

Your age plays a significant role in deciding your eligibility for permanent residency. For candidates, the Department of Home Affairs has set both a minimum and maximum age restriction. 


Individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 are often seen as great candidates for immigration. 

b. Am I qualified enough?

Education is a crucial factor in determining eligibility. The Department of Home Affairs values recognized credentials from respectable universities. 


In point calculations, more education, such as a bachelor's degree or above, is more important. 

c. Am I proficient in English?

English proficiency is an important qualification for Australia PR. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) are used by the Department of Home Affairs to measure language ability. 


Higher exam results lead to more points in the eligibility evaluation!

d. Am I physically fit & do I have a character certificate?

Before entering Australia, all visitors must undergo a medical check to ensure they satisfy certain health requirements. This stage seeks to keep unknown or infectious medical issues out. 


Applicants must also provide police clearance certificates to demonstrate their good character. As a country that welcomes migrants, it is critical to ensure that they contribute constructively to society.


However, it is important to understand that the requirements for Australian PR might change. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) reassesses and updates these criteria regularly to reflect the nation's immigration policies and desires. 


As a result, it's important to remain up to date on the most recent facts and requirements while determining your eligibility for Australian PR.

Australia's 2023-24 Permanent Migration Program

The Australian Government presented its plan of action for the 2023-24 Permanent Migration Programme, which includes 190,000 spots. This program seeks to bridge skill gaps by attracting persons with specialized expertise not readily available in Australia. 


It is intended to strengthen the country's skilled workforce while pursuing resilience, and higher productivity, and assisting the transition to a net-zero emissions economy.


The program is divided into three major streams: the Skills Stream, which accounts for around 72% of the program, aims to address talent shortages, particularly in rural regions, to boost economic output. 


The Family Stream, which accounts for around 28% of the program, mostly consists of Partner visas, which allow Australians to reunite with family members living overseas and provide avenues to citizenship.


Within this stream, around 40,500 Partner visas are projected, with an additional 3,000 Child visas, both of which are determined by demand rather than established quotas.


Additionally, the Special Eligibility Stream (400 spots) offers visas for exceptional situations, such as permanent residents returning to Australia after lengthy years abroad.



Well, it is important to keep in mind that these rules and regulations are subject to change whenever the government decides to apply a different rule. It constantly keeps changing, thus, you should keep an eye on the official Department of Home Affairs website for the most up-to-date and correct information and instructions. 


We know that securing an Australian Permanent Residency is a significant achievement that provides access to a plethora of options in this interesting and diverse country. All we ask you is to do it the right way!


We at PFEC Global remain up to speed on industry developments and changes to Australia's PR and migration legislation. Our skilled migration advisors are prepared to give the specific answers and support you want for a successful journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. Is it easy to get PR in Australia?


Answer: While obtaining permanent residency in Australia (PR Visa) may appear to be a difficult and time-consuming procedure, it is relatively simple when compared to many other nations across the world.


2. How long does Australian PR take?




3. Is 80 points good for PR?


Answer: Scoring 80 points for Australian Permanent Residency (PR) is generally considered good. But scoring 80 points won't guarantee an applicant an invitation.In the points-based immigration system, higher points enhance your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for a visa.


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If you have any queries, please drop us a message by filling out the form. We will connect you with an advisor as soon as possible!

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