Permanent Residence Migration

The permanent residence migration program is designed to allow migrants to come to Australia for a specific purpose of benefit to Australia.

Australia has a non-discriminatory immigration policy. Any person from any country can apply to migrate to Australia regardless of their ethnic religion, racial origin, gender or sexual orientation.

There are many types of permanent residence visas including:

Skilled Migration
Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) enables skilled applicants to apply for a permanent residence visa nominated by their employer and is the foundation of any international assignment and mobility program.

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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) enables Australian employers, located in regional and low population areas, to recruit skilled people from overseas where the employer is unable to find a suitably qualified employee from the local labour market.

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General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration Program (“GSM”) is for professionals and other skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.

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Business Skills

Australia’s Business Skills Migration (BSM) Program encourages successful business people to settle in Australia and use their proven business attributes to develop business activity in Australia.

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Business Migration

Skilled professionals wishing to establish a business in Australia may be eligible to migrate in a two stage process.

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Distinguished Talent

Applicants who are exceptionally talented with an internationally recognized record of achievement in their profession, the arts, academia and research or sport and nominated by an Australian citizen or permanent resident or nationally recognized Australian organization may apply for permanent residence.

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Partner Migration

A Partner Visa allows partners to enter or remain in Australia on the basis of their married or de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

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Prospective Marriage

The Prospective Marriage Visa allows people from overseas to enter Australia, before marrying their intended fiancé within the visa's nine month validity period. Their fiancé must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Once married, holders of this visa can then apply to remain permanently in Australia by a making a Partner Visa Application.

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Family Migration

Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may sponsor their parents for permanent migration to Australia.

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Dependent Child of Partner

The Dependent Child visa is a temporary visa for a child or stepchild of a parent who holds a Temporary Partner visa and has not yet been granted a Permanent Partner visa.

Remaining Relative

The Remaining Relative visa is for people whose only near relatives are usually resident in Australia and are Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.


The Child visa is for a child under 25 years of age who wants to remain in Australia with their parent who must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.


The Adoption visa is for children from overseas, under 18 years of age, who are overseas and in the process of, or have been adopted under certain circumstances, by an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.


The Carer visa is for people, including their family members, who are needed to care for an Australian relative or a member of their family unit who lives permanently in Australia with a medical condition. The relative in Australia must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Aged Dependent Relative

The Aged Dependent Relative visa permits aged persons, including family members, substantially financially dependent on a relative in Australia to migrate to Australia. The relative in Australia must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Maintaining Permanent Residence
Resident Return

Resident Return Visas (RRV) enable Australia Permanent Residents to maintain their permanent residence visa status upon expiry of their current permanent residence visa.

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Professional Consultation

We recommend a professional consultation to discuss the abovementioned information and to review your eligibility.

A professional consultation will enable us to explain the process comprehensively, appropriate options and strategies, timelines and costs and your prospects of success.

Please refer to consultation page.


"Philip and his team handled my employer nominated permanent residency application. I don’t do detail, forms or legal processes, they frighten me and push me way out of my comfort zone. Philip is meticulous and hand held me through every step of the application, explaining the what and why along the way. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I have no hesitation in recommending him to others. Since my client experience I have been partie to the growth of Strategic Migration via a number of business networking groups and am always impressed by their professionalism and dedication to delivering for clients and supporting the business community."

James Wright
Account Director from Manchester in the UK now successfully developing his career in Australia

"I have known Philip Summerbell when he first advised me for visa information. Since then he has assisted me to obtain two working visas (I am a UK citizen). I can only speak highly of Philip and the information and knowledge he has of the Australian immigration system. I would highly recommend him to anyone venturing into these unknown waters and wish him well for his future endeavours. I will certainly be working with him at the next stage towards my naturalisation process."

Robin Ellwood
Now living in Melbourne and successfully building his career in Australia.

Immigration News

For news of Permanent Visas and other news about Australian Migration, please refer to the Immigration News page.

Disclaimer: This website contains information relating to some of the abovementioned visa categories and has been sanctioned by a Registered Migration Agent. The information is for general guidance only and readers should obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to their personal circumstances before taking any action. Strategic Migration expressly disclaims any liability should the reader act without a professional engagement with Strategic Migration under which you have.