AustraliaJune 12, 2022by Prominent Overseas CareerAustralia PR Process in 2022

Over the last few years, immigrants from all over the world have been permanently relocating and settling in Australia. Did you know that Indians are Australia’s third largest immigrant group?

Despite the pandemic, Australia continued to accept PR applications in 2020, with a population of 7.5 million immigrants. This article will walk you through the 7 simple steps of the Australia Public Relations Process.

What exactly is an Australia PR?

An Australia PR is a Permanent Residency Visa that allows you to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely under the points-based immigration system.

Having an Australia PR has numerous advantages, including the ability to apply for Australian citizenship after 3 years as a PR holder!

Now that you know what an Australian PR Visa is, let’s look at the various benefits that come with being a PR holder in Australia.

10 Advantages of an Australian PR Visa
  1. Live and travel throughout Australia.
  2. Continue your education in Australia.
  3. After two years, you will be eligible for social security benefits.
  4. Sponsor your family for a PR opportunity.
  5. Apply for government positions.
  6. Visit New Zealand.
  7. The Path to Australian Citizenship.
  8. Free health insurance.
  9. Education loans are subsidised for dependents.
  10. $10,000 First-Time Home Buyer Grant.
What are the various Skilled Australia Immigration programmes?

Under the Skillselect programme, you can apply for a permanent residence visa with the Australian Skilled Worker programme.

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The Australian immigration authorities select qualified professionals from all over the world. If you want to apply as a skilled worker under one of these 5 immigration paths, you must have at least 65 points in the points-based programme.

  • Independent Skilled Visa (Subclass 189)
  • Visa for Skilled Workers (Subclass 190)
  • Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
  • (Provisional) Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489)
  • Regional Skilled Visa (subclass 887)

The three most popular visa categories that Indians apply for are the Skilled Independent Visa, Employer-Nominated Visa, and Temporary Resident Visa.

So, let’s find out what these three visas are all about!

1. The Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189

The most common PR Visa is the subclass 189, also known as the Skilled Independent Visa, which allows you to move to Australia without a job offer or employer sponsorship.

  • For skilled employees with prior work experience.
  • To be eligible for this visa.

you must have at least 90 points in the Points Grid System and no employer sponsorship or job offer. The best part about this visa is that it allows you to work and receive employee benefits just like an Australian citizen.

2. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

The Subclass 190 visa, also known as the Skilled Nominated visa, requires a nomination from the Australian government. It is essentially your one-way ticket to citizenship.

  • This is a state-sponsored visa.
  • Employer sponsorship or a job offer is required.

It requires employer sponsorship for a minimum of three years, which means you must already have a job offer.

3. Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 191)

Subclass 191, also known as the Skilled Regional Visa, is for people who have previously lived, worked, or studied in Australia.

  • Temporary Visa Holders Who Want to Change to a Permanent Residence Visa
  • Prior experience in Australia is required.
  • A subclass 491 or 482 visa is required.
  • You can use this visa to convert your temporary visa into a permanent visa.

You must have either a subclass 491 or a subclass 482 visa to apply for this visa.

Subclass 491 is a 5-year temporary work visa, whereas Subclass 482 is a temporary skill shortage work visa.

What are the Steps in the Australia Permanent Residency Process from India?

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Step 1: Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for an Australian PR Visa, regardless of the visa type, your occupation must be listed on the Skilled Occupation List.

  • The occupation must be on the Skilled Occupation List.
  • To apply, you must be under the age of 45.
  • In the Points Grid, you must score at least 65 points.

You must receive at least 65 points on the Points Grid, which is based on your age, education, work experience, and other factors.

Step 2: Obtain the results of your language proficiency test

The following step is to pass your English language proficiency test. You have the option of taking one of three language proficiency tests: IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.

  • IELTS score of 7 or higher.
  • TOEFL score of 25 or higher.
  • Score 65 or higher on the PTE.
Step 3: Request your SkillSelect skills assessment report

In the third step, you must have your education and professional credentials evaluated.

  • ‘SkillSelect’ will evaluate you.
  • Age, education, English test score, work experience, and commitment to stay are all selection factors.
  • The procedure takes 8-10 weeks.
  • Approximately $ 2815 (INR 2,07,203 approx.)

Australia compares your foreign education to its equivalent in Australia. You can do so by submitting your transcripts to the Skill Select organisation.

Then, in your Expression of Interest, you must include your Skill Select report (EOI).

Step 4: Fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form on Skill Select.

This is the most important step in your Australian public relations journey.

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Skill Select portal in Australia. This is your formal notification to the Australian authorities that you wish to apply for an Australian PR Visa.

You will be invited to apply for a visa based on factors such as English Proficiency Score, Education, and the number of years you have worked in a specific field based on your EOI.

How to Register Your EOI on SkillSelect:
  1. In the Skill Select Portal, create your profile.
  2. Sign in
  3. Choose your visa type
  4. Enter your IELTS score here.
  5. Enter your educational credentials.
  6. Fill in your Work Experience
  7. Please submit your Declaration form.
Step 5: Receiving an Application Invitation (ITA).

You can now relax and await your invitation to apply (ITA).

  • An ITA is awarded to the applicant with the highest EOI ranking.
  • Receiving an ITA means you are one step closer to obtaining your PR Visa.
Step 6: Submit your public relations application

The final step after receiving your ITA is to apply for your Australia PR visa within 60 days.

Step 7: Submit certificates of health and character.

Additional documents, such as clearance certificates and passports, will be required for visa stamping.

Get ready to relocate to Australia!

Note: In the ‘Occupation Ceilings List,’ an annual target with a fixed number of intakes for that occupation is set based on your occupation type and the current demand for it in Australia.

Also See: Skilled Professionals in High Demand in Australia

What are the Australia PR Eligibility Requirements?

The following are the necessary eligibility requirements for processing your Australia PR visa:


When applying, the applicant must be under the age of 45.


Skills Evaluation

Before considering Australia immigration, candidates must have their skills evaluated by immigration authorities.


Calculate PR Points

Under Australia’s PR Points Grid, you must score at least 65 points.


Occupation Nominated

A skill listed on the Skilled Occupation List is essential for any applicant.


Language Proficiency in English

Candidates must demonstrate at least competent English language proficiency.


Character Evaluation

It is mandatory to provide character certificates stating that you have no criminal record.


Health Examination

The health assessment document is required to declare that you are healthy for the sake of the nation.

Factors you are ranked on Maximum Points
Age (25-33 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years) 15 points
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years) 20 points
Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree 20 points
Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia 10 points
Study in a regional area 5 points
Accredited in community language 5 points
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia 5 points
State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points
Skilled spouse or de facto partner 10 points
Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ 5 points
Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or where a spouse is an Australian citizen or PR holder 10 points

Are you unsure if you meet all of the requirements?

If your documentation is incorrect or you are misinformed about the visa process, it can take years to obtain a visa. As a result, it is prudent to seek the assistance of a reputable visa consultant in order to save your valuable time and effort.

Common Documents Needed for PR in Australia
  • Application Form
  • Educational Credential Assessment
  • Birth Certificate (if applicable)
  • Character Certificate Proof of Nomination
  • IELTS or other test results
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • Spouse’s Skill Documents (if applicable)
  • Certificates of Police Clearance
  • Certificates of Police Clearance
Cost of an Australian PR

The following table shows the processing fees for an Australian Permanent Residency application:

Applicant AUD INR
Primary Applicant 4,115 2,20,825
Dependent Visa Applicant (Over 18 Years) 2,055 1,10,298
Dependent Visa Applicant (Under 18 Years) 1,030 55,283
Australia PR Processing Time
  • Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189 visa) processing time in Australia can range from 8 to 9 months.
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) visa processing time in Australia can range from 6 to 8 months.
How can Prominent assist?

Prominent Overseas Careers specialises in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary Visas, and Dependent Visas for Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Aside from these services, Prominent provides its customers with personalised services such as:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional advice based on an in-depth evaluation of the client’s profile to determine visa success chances.
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation drafted to meet specific formats based on the visa type.
  • A dedicated Case Officer: A consultant who will assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa applications: Prominent ensures that  meet all of the standard requirements of the relevant immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparation: Free online courses are available to assist aspirants in improving their Language Proficiency for important exams such as IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Aspirants who attend visa interviews with verified documents are given guidance.
  • After receiving their visas: Prominent assists clients in settling down in their new country with a comfortable stay.
Additional services provided to job seekers include:
  • Resume Writing: We have a dedicated team of resume experts who will craft the best resumes to meet the requirements of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly increases their chances of being chosen.
  • Profile Promotion: Prominent is well-known for producing best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles on job boards. And, yes, this is a free service!
Other Important Frequently Asked Questions


What are the most recent immigration changes in Australia for 2020?


Significant changes have been made to Australia’s immigration point system:

  • 10 points for an accomplished spouse or de facto partner.
  • 10 points for qualifications in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
  • 15 points are awarded to skilled workers nominated by a Territory or State government.
  • 5 points for a spouse or de facto partner who speaks English well.
  • 10 points for skilled workers who do not have a spouse or de facto partner accompanying them
Introduction of New Visa Types:
  • Subclass 489 visas are being phased out in favour of subclass 491 visas.
  • The introduction of the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 491 for candidates who intend to obtain a nomination from a state or territory government.
  • Subclass 191 visa – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional Visa) will be introduced on November 16, 2022.
What IELTS score is required to migrate to Australia?
  • Superior English: 8 or more points in each IELTS test component
  • Proficient English:7 or more points in each IELTS test component
  • Component English:6 or more points in each IELTS test component
Can I apply for Australian permanent residency without IELTS?

No, it’s a little dangerous. Because Australia is an English-speaking country, applicants must demonstrate their ability to speak, read, and write in English.

Can I apply for citizenship after obtaining a PR visa to Australia?

You certainly can. It is a 5-year visa programme that allows you to apply for Australian citizenship after completing 4 years as a permanent resident.


Make certain that you only select the best programme for you:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

The Skilled Independent Visa is an appropriate visa programme in Australia for PR. You must meet the eligibility requirements before applying. You will almost certainly be invited to apply for a PR visa.

  • Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

Every skilled professional benefits from the visa. The state or territory government nominates you based on your points. Determine whether your occupation is covered by STSOL.

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)

Subclass 491 visas are valid for 5 years and allow you to live and work in Australia. Meet the skill criteria in order to be nominated for state/territory sponsorship.

Finally, remember the 7 steps of the Australia PR Process, which are required for any visa type. They are as follows:

Step 1: Check to see if you qualify for the visa you want to apply for. (See note below.)

Step 2: Obtain the results of your language proficiency test.

Step 3: Get your skills evaluation report from the visa officials.

Step 4: Register your online Expression of Interest (EOI) on the SkillSelect website in Australia.

Step 5: You will be sent an Application Invitation (ITA).

Step 6: Once you’ve received your ITA, you have 60 days to submit your PR application.

Step 7: Certificates of Health and Character must be submitted. And then you have to wait for your PR visa!

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