Many international students at Australian universities wish to remain down under once they graduate, but it isn’t that simple. Applying for permanent residency can be a complicated process, so we’ve compiled a quick guide for those who have finished their studies and wish to stay in Australia. There are several pathways international students can take to become a permanent resident in Australia.
This stream is intended for “points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government”. The process includes ensuring your occupation is on the skilled occupation list and that you have 60 points, submitting an expression of interest, awaiting a visa application invitation, organising documentation and applying within 60 days of invitation. It ordinarily takes eight to 11 months to process.
Reserved for skilled workers and starting from $3,670, the Employer Nomination Scheme offers the chance to work in Australia under one of three streams:
Specifically for skilled workers who wish to work in regional Australia, this visa is comprised of two streams:
Designed to manage skilled migration applications, SkillSelect is an online service that allows people to submit an EOI (expression of interest) for a skilled visa. The applicant can then be nominated by Australian states and territories or asked to apply for a visa by the Australian Government.
If someone’s EOI is successfully submitted, they can then apply for the following visas via SkillSelect:
Please note: An EOI is not a visa application. It is just an indication of intent to apply for a visa.