Permanent Residency Australia
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Not a few people from around the world are now regularly sizing up the possibility of finding a place to settle in the land Down Under either temporarily or permanently.
We are in the position to state the foregoing statement since our company is catering to clients seeking Australian visas as well as those who have concerns about migration to Australia. Over the last couple of years, we have noted a surge in the census of non-citizens asking about various types of visa. To us, the development is not surprising considering that Australia has emerged as one of the safest and most secure — if not the safest and most secure – places on earth to live in.
There may be some peace and order issues cropping up sometimes but these are isolated incidents, rather than part of broader problems facing many nations of the world today.
If you are reading this article, chances are that you are one of the throngs of people who are aching to get hold of their Australian visa. And, if indeed you are, this we can say to you: Congratulations! You have made the right decision to choose the only island-continent country in the whole world in which to build your next abode.
Temporary residency or permanent residency?
But before you apply for an Australian visa, you need to determine first whether the type that you are going to apply for is provisional/temporary or permanent. This decision further hinges on the purpose of your coming here: Are you going to travel to Australia to relax, do sightseeing of various tourist attractions or visit some friends and relatives? Or are you going to study here? If not, do you intend to expand your business in the country? These and many other objectives influence your choice of the visa that suits your needs and budget, be it for temporary residency or permanent residency.
Dependant on your situation you may apply for an Australian permanent visa such as:
or a temporary one, such as:
Ultimate goal: permanent residency in Australia
But for most applicants like you, the ultimate goal of obtaining an Australian visa is to acquire permanent residency here. Even if you are seeking a provisional residency now, we know that, in the future, you would lodge an application for a permanent one. Again this does not surprise us at all. Choosing between a permanent residency visa over a temporary type is a no-brainer: The former packs’ benefits and advantages that are a far cry from the latter.
Most, if not all, non-citizens go to great lengths to satisfy the conditions of their provisional visas just to be able to obtain permanent residency.
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Examples of benefits enjoyed by permanent residents
You may wonder why this is so. And our reply to that is this: The stakes are so high and too enticing to pass up.
First of all, a visa that provides for permanent residency in Australia entitles you to live in the country indefinitely. The operative word here is INDEFINITELY. In addition to that, you can travel in and out of the country as many times as you want. This is something that you cannot do with a provisional visa. In fact, you need to be vigilant about the validity of your temporary residency visa, or else you could be branded as an unlawful non-citizen if you fail to observe the conditions attached to it, most particularly the need for renewal, the application for a bridging visa and other related processes once it expires.
If you are here to study, you’d be fortunate to have a permanent residency visa. For one, you enjoy unlimited freedom to take any course of your choice. Not only that: in some cases, the Commonwealth government offers you student loans that are quite helpful to ease up the burden on your pocket or your parents’ pocket. We all know that financial hardships constitute one of the most common stumbling blocks in your pursuit of quality education. With a permanent resident status here, that problem has found its solution.
Another key benefit enjoyed by permanent residents of Australia is on health. If you gain permanent residency here, you are entitled to enjoy the privileges afforded to Medicare members. Medicare is the Australian version of a healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world. You could even avail of free medical checks and health treatment in public health outlets here, and receive free medicines if you have certain medical conditions.
Most non-citizens living here have to contend also with issues related to work permits. This is such a pain in the neck if you are here on a provisional visa (such as TSS work visa), but not so if you are a permanent resident. In fact, you enjoy the same benefits as the citizens under the country’s industrial laws.
These are just some of the many blessings that you can get from the Australian government if you attain permanent residency. There are still more.
This is what we are saying in the early part of this article that it’s a no-brainer to choose between provisional or temporary residency and permanent residency.
Examples of provisional visas upgraded to permanent visas
If, for some reasons, you cannot avail of permanent visas and only qualify for provisional types, don’t despair. Your problem is only temporary, too. Just accept your provisional visa because, after only a short period of time, you can ultimately secure the one that you’ve been aiming for.
The classic and more common examples of this scenario are the streams under visa subclass 188. This subclass has five streams that are all provisional, namely business innovation stream, investor stream, significant investor stream, premium investor stream and entrepreneur stream.
For you to obtain the permanent residency status of any of these streams, you need to lodge an application for subclass 888.
From subclass188 to subclass 888
If you happen to be a holder of an Australian provisional business innovation visa, you have to meet the following requirements to acquire permanent residency status:
- You must have lived in the country on your subclass 188A visa for not less than 12 months within the span of two years before applying for subclass 888.
- You must have operated your own business here for not less than two years before applying for subclass 888. Also, your business must generate a yearly revenue of at least $300,000 for two of the last four fiscal years.
- For the last 12 months, you and/or your partner must comply with any two of these three conditions: 1. You maintain business assets of at least $200,000, 2. Keep net personal and business assets of at least $600,000 in the country, and 3. Your business here must have at least two full-time Australian employees on its payroll.
For your Investor Stream Visa to become permanent, you must reside in the country and hold an investor stream (provisional) visa for not less than two years out of the required four years before you apply for the permanent type. In addition to that, you and your partner must have put in the required investment capital in a state or territory of Australia for the last four years.
As to the acquisition of Significant Investor Stream (Permanent) Visa, you and/or your partner must live in Australia for a certain period and hold a provisional Significant Investor Stream Visa. On top of that, you must show proof that you have spent the complying investments in a state or territory in the country for the last four years.
A provisional Premium Investor Stream Visa becomes permanent if you have kept this visa for at least one year and have been nominated by Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.
As far as Entrepreneurship Stream is concerned, you must be in the country with your provisional entrepreneur stream visa for an uninterrupted period of at least four years before you apply for the permanent 888 version. You also need to show a track record of successful entrepreneurial undertakings in the country.
Obtaining a permanent subclass 888 visa from a provisional subclass 188 is an example that shows you can obtain permanent residency from a temporary residency. Hence, there’s no need for you to get discouraged if you manage to secure a provisional visa on your first try.
Besides, replacing subclass 188 with subclass 888 is just one of the many paths from temporary residency to a permanent one. There are still many ways of securing permanent status aside from this manner. As we love to say here at Nowak Migration, there are many ways of skinning a cat and there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. You just need to be patient and determined to undergo the process and be obedient to the immigration laws and regulations of the Commonwealth.
Speaking of the many ways of skinning a cat and finding the light at the end of the tunnel, Nowak Migration is the prime immigration agency in Australia to provide you with both.
We possess the skills, the experience as well as the credentials to prove to you that we can get the job done as far as visa processing and solve migration problems are concerned. This is because our company is staffed by highly qualified migration agents and headed by an industry veteran in the person of Mr. Charles Nowak. In addition to that, we liaise with various professionals whose skills are needed in the trade such as lawyers, accountants, brokers and the like.
If you choose the services of Nowak Migration to assist you in obtaining permanent residency in Australia, you won’t go wrong with us. So much is at stake about your future here, so choose the dependable agency.
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