What does it mean to be an Australian Permanent Resident? Australian permanent residents can:
* live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
* work for any employer in any occupation for any duration (except for the Armed Forces or Federal Public Service which is restricted to Australian Citizens)
* study in Australia at school or university
* receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
* access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods - typically 2 years)
* be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
* study as local students without having the overseas student surcharge
* sponsor people for permanent residence
* children of permanent residents born inside Australia are automatically Australian citizens from birth with the related advantages of health care and education
* can travel to New Zealand and without needing a visa.
If you wish to travel overseas from Australia after your initial Permanent Residency Visa has expired you will need to get a Resident Return Visa subclass 155 if you wish to come back as a Permanent Resident. Living outside Australia for extended periods can cause your permanent residency to expire.
So if you've been contracting in Australia on a 457 Business Sponsored Work Visa or even on a Working Holiday Visa, when you get permanent residency you are no longer tied to one employer and have less controls on your employment status. Its the next step towards becoming an Australian Citizen! Our immigration partner for 457 Work Permits will assist you with making a Permanent Residency application when you qualify. Want to know more?