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The 5 main pathways to temporary and permanent residence

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The first question to ask yourself is whether you want to be in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. The difference is based on how long you can stay in Australia for. A permanent visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. However, a temporary visa has a set time frame to stay in Australia.

Below is a list of the 8 main pathways to permanent residence and the five main pathways to temporary residence.

Permanent visa

1. Business skills/ investor: Do you have the intention to start a business in Australia? Do you have money to invest in Australia?

2. Employer nominated scheme/ regional sponsored migration scheme: Do you have any employer in Australia who is willing to sponsor you?

3. General Skilled Migration (GSM) & state sponsored skilled migration: Are you a highly skilled young person with good English skills and work experience or have you just completed post-secondary study in Australia?

4. Relationship to an Australian citizen/ permanent resident: Do you have a partner who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident? Are you a parent or child of an Australian citizen or permanent resident? Are all members of your close family living in Australia as permanent residents or citizens?

5. Refugee: Do you have a claim/s of persecution in your home country?

Temporary visa

1. Working holiday: Are you eligible for a working holiday arrangement?

2. Sponsored employment/ training: Do you have an employer that is willing to sponsor you?

3. Student: What kind of study do you want to pursue in Australia? Are you travelling as a guardian of an international student studying in Australia?

4. Skilled graduate / recognised graduate

5. Miscellaneous (e.g. visitor, retiree, fiance/e)

Once you have narrowed down which class of visa is most appropriate, you should consider which subclass is the most appropriate.

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