Path To Permanent Residency In Australia

    Updated on: 07 Sep 2023

    Australia figures among the top study abroad destinations in the world for Indian students. Don’t be a surprise if every fifth Indian student you speak to among the populace planning to study abroad, has Australia in mind. Are you also looking to study, and possibly settle down in Australia? In this article, we outline a student’s journey to securing a permanent residency in Australia. 

    What Are The Steps Required To Get PR In Australia For An International Student? 

    • Get An Admit Letter From An Australian University
    • Finance Your Education 
    • Get a Student Visa
    • Grab An Internship 
    • Get a Work Permit
    • Finally, Apply For Permanent Residency

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    What Are The Requirements To Get An Admit To An Australian University?

    Prepare and appear for exams like TOEFL, IELTS, GRE etc. Draft your SOPs (Statement of Purpose), LORs (Letter of Recommendation), and essays. Use various sources to collect information about the universities that you want to apply for - like their eligibility criteria, application procedure etc. Send in your application before the deadline and make sure that you have a valid passport.  

    How To Finance Your Abroad Education? 

    One of the most important steps is to get secure funds for your education. Depending on your need and requirement, you can either apply for a secured education loan or an unsecured education loan. GyanDhan can help you in this step and provide unbiased advice on the type of loan and lender you should choose. Check your loan eligibility here

    What Are The Requirements To Apply For An Australian Student Visa?

    In order to study in Australia, you will need to obtain an Australian student visa. You must be able to prove to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that you meet the following key Australian student visa requirements -

    • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, your admission papers stating your duration of stay
    • Financial requirements
    • English proficiency requirements
    • Health and character requirements

    How Long Can You Work on Your Student Visa?

    There are several student and work visas that allow international students to intern in Australia. While on a student visa, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time, and full-time in the holidays. Any work required as part of your course is not included in the limit. 

    What Are The Post Study Work Visa Options?

    Unlike in some other English-speaking countries, there is no automatic right associated with your student visa to stay on and work in Australia after you get your degree. When you receive your student visa, the government lets you in with the understanding that you will leave upon completion of the course and before the visa will expire. 

    However, you can apply for work visas. You’ll need to apply for a visa 485 Skilled Temporary Graduate Visa) once you find a job. This visa is the most common option available to international students after graduating. With a 485 visa, you are allowed to stay in Australia for 18 months to gain work experience, but only if you have completed at least two years of study in Australia.

    Also, you need to earn at least $53,900 per annum to be eligible enough to apply.

    However, the Australian Government on 16th November 2019 Updated The 485 Post-study Work Stream Visa -

    1. Students graduating from a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree (coursework degree) will be eligible for a two-year post-study work visa.
    2. Students graduating from a master’s degree (research degree) will be eligible for a three-year post-study work visa.
    3. Students graduating from a doctoral degree will be eligible for a four-year post-study work visa.

    How You Can Apply for Permanent Residency in Australia?

    Many international students enjoy their time in Australia so much that they apply for permanent residency. You can express your interest in applying for permanent residency through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's SkillSelect migration program, which could lead to permanent residency through a Skilled Independent Visa, the Employer Nomination Scheme or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The visa decision will be done by the officials in accordance with your application, certificates and employment status.

    To be eligible to apply, you must have already lived in Australia for two years, have a year of work experience and have sufficient points.

    How To Get Citizenship in Australia?

    To Get Citizenship You Need To Satisfy The Following Key Requirements - 

    • The general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years of permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
    • An English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before applying for citizenship by conferral

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    First published date: 08 Oct 2017


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