Every year thousands of students move to Australia to pursue the career of their dreams. Out of those thousands, many students wish to stay in Australia and further their careers by becoming permanent residents of the country.

The benefits of permanent residency in Australia:

  • Permanent residents can work, study and live in any part of the country without any restrictions.
  • They can access the healthcare scheme launched by the government of Australia.

How to apply for permanent residency in Australia?

  • International students in Australia can apply for permanent residency through the SkillSelect Program. It is an online portal through which you can submit an EOI or Expression of Interest.
  • The highest-ranked applicants receive an invitation from the department of immigration. To know how the points system is calculated you need to check the details for the visa that you are applying for.
  • You also have to complete your skills assessment and English language testing before you submit the EOI.

How to increase your chances of permanent residence in Australia?

#1 Post-study work: You can stay back in Australia after completing your studies, brush up on your skills and job experience. You can apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485).

#2 Increase your qualifications: You can enrol in further studies and increase your qualifications to further increase your scores in the points testing system.

#3 Enhance your English language proficiency: Work hard to get maximum scores in the English language proficiency test so that you can score more points and increase your chances to receive an invite.

#4 Get a regional degree: Getting a degree from regional areas like Southern Queensland, you can reap benefits in the permanent resident visa application. You can also become eligible for different visa categories.

#5 Consider the age factor: The age of the applicant plays a major role in permanent residency. You must note that people between the ages of 25 and 32 are given 30 points but those who are 45 years or old receive none.

#6 Complete a professional year: Professional year programs provide formal learning and hands-on work experience for the professional development of the candidates. Those who have completed a professional year course can achieve 5 extra points.

#7 Increase work experience: Even if you have one year of work experience, you can receive additional 5 points. The more work experience you have the more points you will be awarded.

These were some insights about how you can achieve permanent resident status after completing your studies in Australia as an international student. Check the dedicated visa guidelines and requirements to know more about what exactly you need to become a permanent resident in Australia.