What are the eligibility requirements for Australia PR in 2020?
Posted on November 25, 2019
Australia has always been a popular destination for migrants. The Australian government offers numerous options to immigrants to apply for a Permanent Residency in the country. The visa is valid for five years. With this visa, you can move to Australia along with your family. After five years of being a PR visa holder, you can apply for citizenship.
The application process, eligibility requirements also undergo a periodic churn in tune with the government policies and programs. Here are details of the eligibility requirements to apply for a PR visa in 2020.
Australia offers many options to apply for the PR visa. You can choose the appropriate option based on your eligibility and requirements. Some of the popular options for Australian PR:
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): This visa option is suitable for skilled workers. However, this visa cannot receive sponsorship.
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): This visa is applicable to skilled workers who have a nomination from an Australian state/Territory. For this visa, you will have to prove that your occupation exists in the Skilled Occupation List.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa: This visa has replaced the Subclass 489 Visa as a pathway to a PR visa. Under this visa, skilled workers and their families must live, work and study in designated regional areas for 5 years. They will be eligible for a PR visa after three years.
Eligibility requirements for PR visa:
Points Requirement: Points determine your eligibility for a PR visa You must score at least 65 points under the Point’s Grid. The below table describes the different criteria for scoring points:
|Age (25-33 years)||30 points|
|English proficiency (8 bands)||20 points|
|Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years)
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years)
|Education (outside Australia)
|Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree in Australia||5 points|
|Study in a regional area
Accredited in community language
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia
State sponsorship (190 visa)
Age: Your age should be below 45 years to apply for a PR visa
Language Proficiency: You should have proof that you have a competent level of proficiency in the English language.
Health and character: Applicants should have good health and character
Skills: Applicants must have their skills assessed by certifying authorities in Australia. The applicant must get a Skill Assessment done from an evaluating expert.
Occupation: The applicant must nominate his occupation in Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
The applicant must choose an occupation that is available in the SOL or the CSOL list. The SOL list contains the occupations that are currently acceptable for migration to Australia. The occupations in the SOL are updated regularly and reflect the changes in the Australian labor market. There are three categories of the SOL:
- Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Medium- and long-term Strategic Skills List
- Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List
- Occupations list applies to the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 Visa (released in November2019).
The applicant must have supporting evidence such as reports and testaments.
Eligibility criteria and PR visa approval:
Scoring the minimum 65 points under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa programs does not necessarily mean that you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the PR visa.
The number of ITA can vary based on the number of candidates who have applied for the nominated occupation and the current occupation ceiling and the time of the year.
If you are applying for an Australian PR visa and find the eligibility requirements difficult to understand, consult an immigration expert for help.
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