First, some visas are permanent, meaning that you can stay in Australia for as long as you like, even after they expire (if you want to leave after your permanent visa has expired, and you haven’t become a citizen by then, you need to apply for a resident return visa). When applying for a permanent visa that is intended to be granted from overseas, this is called ‘migration.’ When applying for a permanent visa which can be granted while you are in Australia, this is known as ‘change of status.’ There are different processing rules for migration and change of status applications. Permanent visas can be granted for business migrants, skilled individuals (whether they are independent or sponsored by a business or a family member), and family members and partners.
Permanent visas can be granted for:
- business migrants
- skilled individuals (whether they are independent or sponsored by a business or a family member)
- family members and partners
- refugees and humanitarian entrants