Permanent Resident Visa Options

Please select an option that best describes you

Recommended Visa

Subclass 189 (Points based assessment)

Suitability

Eligibility is based on points. Skilled applicants in an occupation contained within the Home Affairs specified skilled occupation list who have obtained a minimum of 60 points based on age, qualifications, English language and work experience can apply.

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application

An Expression of Interest EOI is submitted and applicants will wait for Home Affairs to send an invitation to lodge the visa application which is usually between 1-6 months

Applications must be submitted within 60 days of receiving the invitation from Home Affairs,

After we lodge your visa application

Once lodged, most visa applications are usually finalised within 6 months

Cost

From approx. $8,500

The costs can vary depending on several factors such as size of the business, any additional family members and if any additional checks are required such as English language or police checks.

Key Considerations and Compliance

  • Visa applicants do not need an Australian employer to apply can be inside or outside Australia to apply for the visa
  • Eligibility is based on points determined by age, English language, qualifications and work experience and applicants will have a minimum 60 points
  • To apply, occupations must be contained on the current occupation list
  • Visa applicants must obtain a positive skills assessment from an independent skill assessing authority
  • Applicants and family members must meet English language, character and health requirements

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Recommended Visa

Subclass 189 (New Zealand Stream)

Suitability

New Zealand passport holders, that usually live and work in Australia or who arrived on or before 19 February 2016 for at least 5 years before the date of application

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application:

The nomination and visa application usually take’s 1-4 weeks to prepare and obtain all the required information

After we lodge your application:

The department of Home Affairs process times can vary. We recommend that applications are submitted as “decision ready” and include all required information at time of lodgement to ensure the fastest turnaround. Most applications are being processed within 3-12 months.

Cost

From Approx. $7,500

Key Considerations and Compliance

  • Visa applicants are New Zealand Citizens
  • Applicants must have arrived in Australia on or before 19th February 2016 and have lived in Australia for at least 5 years
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have met an income threshold currently set at $53,900 for each of the five years
  • Applicants and family members must meet English language, character and health requirements
Recommended Visa

Subclass 187 Transitional Pathway

Suitability

A 457 or 482 visa holder can be nominated by their Australian employer to apply for permanent residency after working for them in their approved position for a specified period of time and they are in a regional area of Australia.

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application

The nomination and visa application usually take’s 3-12 weeks to prepare and obtain all the required information including obtaining approval from a regional certifying body and where required a skills assessment, English language medicals and police checks.

After we lodge your visa application

The department of Home Affairs process times can vary. We recommend that applications are submitted as “decision ready” and include all required information at time of lodgement to ensure the fastest turnaround. Most applications are being processed within 12-21 months.

Cost

From approx. $11,000 – $13,000.

The costs can vary depending on several factors such as size of the business, any additional family members and if any additional checks are required such as English language or police checks.

A mandatory LEVY must be paid for all nominated positions known as the Skilling Australians Fund SAF;

  • Businesses with turnover less than $10M – $1,200.00 AUD per year
  • Businesses with turnover more than $10M – $1,800.00 AUD per year

Key Considerations and Compliance

For employers

  • Current employers in regional Australia will need to nominate the applicant to apply for permanent residency
  • The business is active and lawfully operating in a regional area of Australia
  • Approval by a Regional Certifying Body RCB is required which will usually require evidence that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in or would move to the local area where the nominated position exists
  • The business has complied with all their obligations as Standard Business Sponsor
  • There continues to be a genuine need for the permanent position for at least 2 years
  • The nominating employer will make payment towards the Skilling Australians Fund

For visa applicants

  • Existing 457 or 482 visa holders who have been working in a regional area of Australia for their employer for at least two or three years, excluding any periods of unpaid leave
  • Applicants and family members must meet English language, character and health requirements
Recommended Visa

Subclass 186 Direct Entry Pathway

Suitability

Qualified applicants with at least years relevant work in an occupation contained within Home Affairs specified occupation list can be nominated by a current or new employer in Australia to apply for permanent residency.

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application

The nomination and visa application usually take’s 3-12 weeks to prepare and obtain all the required information including obtaining where required a skills assessment, English language medicals and police checks.

After we lodge your visa application

The department of Home Affairs process times can vary. We recommend that applications are submitted as “decision ready” and include all required information at time of lodgement to ensure the fastest turnaround. Most applications are being processed within 12-13 months.

Cost

From approx. $12,000 – $15,000.

The costs can vary depending on several factors such as size of the business, any additional family members and if any additional checks are required such as skills assessments, English language or police checks.

Key Considerations and Compliance

For employers:

  • A current or new employer in Australia nominates the applicant to apply for permanent residency
  • The nominating business is active and lawfully operating in Australia
  • There is a genuine need for the position within the business
  • The applicant will be a direct employee of the nominating business and the position is permanent and available for at least two years
  • Employers are required to pay a training levy for each application based on the size of the business

For visa applicants:

  • Applicants will need to obtain a positive skills assessment where an independent assessing authority will determine that qualifications and work experience meet the Australian standards (requirements and assessing authority will vary depending on occupation)
  • Applicants and their family members must meet, English language, character and health requirement
Recommended Visa

Subclass 186 Transitional Pathway

Suitability

A 457 or 482 visa holder can be nominated by their current Australian employer to apply for permanent residency after working for them in their approved position for a specified period of time.

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application:

The nomination and visa application usually take’s 1-4 weeks to prepare and obtain all the required information

After we lodge your application:

The department of Home Affairs process times can vary. We recommend that applications are submitted as “decision ready” and include all required information at time of lodgement to ensure the fastest turnaround. Most applications are being processed within 12-13 months..

Cost

From approx. $11,000 – $13,000.

The costs can vary depending on several factors such as size of the business, any additional family members and if any additional checks are required such as English language or police checks.

A mandatory LEVY must be paid for all nominated positions known as the Skilling Australians Fund SAF;

  • Businesses with turnover less than $10M – $1,200.00 AUD per year
  • Businesses with turnover more than $10M – $1,800.00 AUD per year

Workforce Experience

Your occupation will be included on the current occupation list and can demonstrate 3 years full-time work experience working for the nominating employer in the approved position.

For visa holders who applied or held a valid 457 visa on 18 April 2017, you can apply after 2 years of working for your employer.

Key Considerations and Compliance

For your employer:

Current sponsoring employer in Australia nominates the applicant to apply for permanent residency

The business is active and lawfully operating in Australia and have met all of their obligations as a Standard Business Sponsor

There is still a genuine need for the permanent position within the business for at least 2 years

Employers are required to pay a training levy for each application based on the size of the business

For the applicant:

The visa applicants have worked in their nominated position for the business 35 hours per week for 2 or 3 years excluding any periods of unpaid leave

Applicants and their family members must meet, English language, character and health requirements

Recommended Visa

Subclass 187 Direct Entry Pathway

Suitability

Qualified applicants with at least years relevant work in an occupation contained within Home Affairs specified occupation list can be nominated by a current or new employer in regional Australia to apply for permanent residency.

Timeframe

Before we lodge your application

The nomination and visa application usually take’s 3-12 weeks to prepare and obtain all the required information including obtaining approval from a regional certifying body and where required a skills assessment, English language medicals and police checks.

After we lodge your visa application

The department of Home Affairs process times can vary. We recommend that applications are submitted as “decision ready” and include all required information at time of lodgement to ensure the fastest turnaround. Most applications are being processed within 20-24 months.

Cost

Approx. $12,000 – $15,000

A mandatory LEVY must be paid for all nominated positions known as the Skilling Australians Fund SAF;

  • Businesses with turnover less than $10M – $1,200.00 AUD per year
  • Businesses with turnover more than $10M – $1,800.00 AUD per year

Key Considerations and Compliance

For employers

  • Current or a new employer in regional Australia will need to nominate the applicant to apply for permanent residency
  • The business is active and lawfully operating in a regional area of Australia
  • Approval by a Regional Certifying Body RCB is required which will usually require evidence that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident who is living in or would move to the local area where the nominated position exists
  • The applicant will be a direct employee of the nominating business and there is a genuine need for the full time and  permanent position for at least 2 years in a regional area
  • The nominating employer will make payment towards a training levy; the Skilling Australians Fund

For visa applicants

  • Some applicants may need to obtain a positive skills assessment in the proposed nominated occupation
  • All applicants must evidence at lease three years full time post qualification work experience to the nominated occupation inside or outside of Australia
  • Applicants and family members must meet English language, character and health requirements