Once you have lived and worked in one of the regional areas of Australia for two years or been sponsored under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, you may apply for an Australian permanent visa which will grant you Australian permanent residency but not Australian citizenship.
The benefits of being an Australian Permanent Resident
As an Australian Permanent Resident you will be able to enjoy many of the benefits of living in Australia and basically be able to conduct you daily life as if you were an Australian citizen. You may remain in the country for as long as you like and you are free to leave and return, though there is a reasonable restriction on the amount of time you can be away.
Employment and Education
You may seek employment in almost any field of your choice, (excluding the Australian armed force and public service). You may also attend any university of your choice and pay tuition fees at the same rates as Australian citizens, though you will not be eligible for the interest free government student loan (HECS), unless you are studying for a Master or higher degrees. Australian permanent residents can get grants for Masters degrees, which are cheaper than paying the entire tuition fee normally paid by overseas students.
Studying in Australia generally improves your chances of getting an Australian permanent residency, and it makes it easier for you to assimilate in Australia. As a student in Australia you are entitled for 20 hours per week working rights during school year and full time work during the holidays, and your spouse is entitled to work full time. You can easily find jobs after graduating.
Social Security and Health Care
After two years you may apply for some but not all social security benefits and for membership to the government sponsored public health care system (Medicare) which gives you free access to doctors and public hospitals. (Many doctors in Australia are half privatized, meaning they also require a small payment as well as your Medicare card, so check first.)
First Home Owners Grant
All Australian’s dream about owning their own home and as a permanent resident you will be eligible to apply for a First Home Owners Grant, which may give you as much as 22,000Australian dollars. This amount would cover many of your migration expenses, though it varies from state to state.
Travel and family sponsorship
If you are a permanent resident in Australia or an Australian citizen, you may also travel to and from New Zealand and sponsor other family members in their application for Australian permanent residency. Your children, if born in Australia will have Australian citizenship. They will also be entitled to a free and solid Australian Public school education.
Applying for an Australian permanent visa should be done with the guidance of a registered MARA agent who understands the process and who works closely with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Synch1 is your initial step to becoming an Australian permanent resident (PR). After completing the DA detailed assessment, you will be able to prepare a plan with our registered and experienced agents, who will match the planned strategy to your personal circumstances preferences and needs.
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