Permanent Residence

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Permanent Residence

To move to Australia permanently you will need to apply for an Australian Migration Visa, also called a Permanent Visa. The procedure can be confusing, lengthy and expensive – the Australian Government has strict criteria on acceptable migrants wishing to settle here permanently. Despite the complex immigration process, many migrants have arrived and settled successfully in Australia and regard it as a land of opportunity.

In Western Australia, for example, 31% of the total population of 1,713,023 were born overseas at the 1996 census and in metropolitan Perth 35% of residents were born overseas.

The Australian Migration Program is open to everyone who qualifies to migrate to this country. Whilst the Migration Program is only for permanent visas, many temporary visas lead to permanent visas.

The Migration Program

Migrants to Australia are selected for their English language and trade skills, age, work experience, and the presence of family or business contacts in Australia. Migrants are not assessed on race, gender or culture.

Screening for entry on a permanent visa is generally more thorough than screening for entry for a temporary visa. This applies particularly to the health checks, police clearance and your ability to earn a living, unless you are sponsored on a Family Program Visa. All permanent visas include the right to work and seek employment in Australia.

If you wish to apply under this visa category, please contact one of our immigration consultants.