8 Australian PR visas you need to know about

by IDP IELTS — February 26th, 2019

Do you want to come to Australia? Or apply to live here permanently? You’ll need Australian Permanent Residency. Check what visas are available to you.

Skilled Migration

Do you have skills Australia needs? This visa lets you live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. It is a points based visa. However, you don’t need a sponsor or nominator for this visa. Read about extra points you can get for English language skills.


Sponsored & Nominated Migration
  • Employer Nomination (Subclass 186)

Are you a highly skilled worker? Maybe you could get Australian PR. This visa lets you live and work in Australia without restrictions. For this visa, you need an Australian employer to nominate you.

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

If you are nominated by an Australian employer for a job in regional Australia, you can apply for a Subclass 187 visa. Just remember, this visa is limited to work in some parts of Australia. For example, it does not include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. It also doesn’t include Newcastle, Wollongong, or the Gold Coast.

  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

When you have a skill Australia needs, you could apply for a Subclass 190 visa. This visa requires you to complete a skills test. Also, you need a nomination from a state or territory government. When successful, you can live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.


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Business Migration
  • Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Subclass 888)

A short-term Business Innovation and Investment Visa, is a path to a PR visa. Subclass 888 allows you to own and manage a business in Australia. Further, it allows you to invest in Australia. You must be nominated by an Australian state, territory or agency.

  • Business Talent Visa (Subclass 132)

Experienced business owners can apply for a Business Talent Visa. With this visa, you can operate a business in Australia. An Australian state or territory government must nominate you before you can apply.


Family-Based Australian Permanent Residency
  • Partner Visa (Subclass 801)

Do you have family in Australia? Because if you do, you may be eligible for Australian permanent residency. For example, you can join your partner in Australia with the Partner Visa (Subclass 820). You can apply for a Permanent Subclass 801 after your Subclass 820 visa.


Former Australian Residents
  • Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155)

You could apply for this visa if you are a former Australian permanent resident. Likewise, if you are a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced Australian citizenship, this is also the visa you can apply for to return.

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IELTS for Migration

Want to migrate to Australia? With IELTS, you know that your score can help you with an Australian PR visa. We’re here to help you get the score you need.

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Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.

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