How To Get An Australian Permanent Residency

Australia is a hidden goldmine and presents a lot of opportunities for international students to become attain permanent residency status post-graduation. However, to be able to get an Australian permanent residency, you need to be intentional from the beginning starting from the choice of courses to study as well as the duration of the study.

To qualify for Australian post-study work Visa, you need to have studied for at least 18 months in Australia. As a result, if you chose a 1-year Masters, you may not be doing yourself any favors. Again, some cities can give you more than the usual 2 years post-study (you can get up to 3-4 years depending on location) so the choice of location is crucial. After studies, many students can get a Permanent Visa or Permanent Residency status through a work-stream. There are other streams of obtaining Permanent Visa statuses such as Family Stream or Business/Investor streams but this is not relevant to this post.

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Find below the important tips to attain Permanent Visa status FAST after your studies in Australia.

  1. CHOOSE A 2-YEAR MASTERS – This covers the 18-month minimum requirement needed to get a post-study visa.
  2. REGIONAL AREAS WILL GIVE YOU MORE YEARS OF POST-STUDY VISA – If you need up to 3 years post-study, then go for regional areas – places with low population growth rates. These places are usually outside the big cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Some states like Tasmania can give you up to 4 years post-study! Note that in regional areas you get the standard 2 years post-study so it is not all that bad. You also get the advantage of living in amazing cities with the networking and job opportunities that come with it. Your choice, really.
  3. STUDY A COURSE THAT IS ON THE SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST – I have added a link to this list in the first comment. This represents the jobs needed in Australia. Studying related courses means you are prepared to take up these roles post-graduation and this can facilitate your progress in the Skilled Independent Visa or regional nomination.
  4. APPLY FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA – Upon graduation, within the post-study period, you can apply for the Skilled Independent Visa. If your job is on the Skilled Occupation List, you are likely going to get this.
  5. APPLY FOR REGIONAL SPONSORED PERMANENT RESIDENCY – This enables employers in some regional or low-growth areas in Australia to sponsor you for Permanent Residency. IELTS is usually required for this stage. Of all the regions, Tasmania is the easiest to get a Permanent Residency in.

A permanent Residency Visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. It also allows you to do the following:

  • Work and Study in Australia
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s health care scheme
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship (if eligible)
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for Permanent Residency (if they are eligibile).

Australia is about 8 times bigger than Nigeria in landmass. Yet, our population is 211 million while theirs is barely 26 million (one-eight of our population). Rather than unemployment, Australia’s main problem is worker shortages – they are looking for persons to work.

The Australian Visa process is rigorous. However, we have a solid team that will lead you by the hand and guide you to the finish line. We have boots on the ground as well – Nigerians who have used this pathway and can provide assistance every step of the way.

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