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Requirements for Australia Permanent Residency (PR) Visa

Understanding Australian Permanent Residency (PR)

Every year, a significant number of individuals from around the world choose to relocate to Australia through a Permanent Residency (PR) visa. This visa offers the opportunity to reside and work within Australia for a span of five years. After three years of residing in the country, the option to apply for permanent citizenship becomes available.

To qualify for one of these visas, two main prerequisites need to be met: earning a minimum of 65 points and having an occupation listed on the Skilled Occupations List.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for PR, you must accumulate PR points, which are applicable for the following three visa subclasses:

Subclass 189 - Skilled Independent Visa

Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa

Subclass 489 - Territory Nominated/Sponsored Visa

Accumulating the required 65 points for a PR visa is influenced by various factors. The distribution of points is illustrated below:

Factors and Maximum Points:

Age (25-33 years): 30 points

English proficiency (8 bands): 20 points

Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years): 15 points

Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years): 20 points

Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree: 20 points

Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia or similar skilled degrees: 10 points

Study in a regional area: 5 points

Proficient in a community language: 5 points

Completion of a professional year in an Australian skilled program: 5 points

State sponsorship (190 visa): 5 points

Skillful spouse (Meeting Age, Skills & English language criteria): 10 points

Spouse or de facto partner with competent English (Skills requirement and age factor exempted): 5 points

Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or cases where a spouse is an Australian citizen or PR holder: 10 points


When applying for Australian PR, the following documents are necessary:

Completed application form

Educational Credential Assessment report

Birth certificate

Character certificate

Proof of nomination (if applicable)

IELTS or PTE exam results for English proficiency

Two passport-sized photos

Documents related to spouse's skills (if spouse is also applying for PR)

Police Clearance Certification (PCC)

Business reference letters

Australian PR Application Process

Confirm Eligibility

Undergo English Proficiency Test

Obtain Skill Assessment

Lodge Expression of Interest

Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Submit PR Application

Acquire Clearance Certificates


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