I have heard that permanent residency visas are only valid for 5 years. I thought I could live in Australia indefinitely as the holder of such a visa?
Yes, a permanent residency visa is only valid for the purpose of entering Australia for 5 years from the date it is granted. You can remain in Australia indefinitely, but if you want to travel outside Australia and to return to Australia more than 5 years after the grant of your visa you will have to apply for what is called a Resident Return visa.
A Resident Return visa usually allows a further 5 years for entering Australia, and should be available so long as you have lived in Australia for 2 years in the last 5.
Of course visas become a non-issue if you are granted Australian citizenship, when you will have an Australian passport.
- I have a job offer. Can I move to Australia on an employer sponsored 482 visa, and apply for a permanent residency visa once I am living in Australia?
- I am overweight / diabetic / recovering from a heart condition / have had depression etc. Does this mean I will fail the medical and can’t move to Australia?
- When should I obtain my police clearance certificate and attend medical examinations?
- How long do I have after my visa is granted before I can move to Australia?
- So when can I become an Australian citizen?
- What is a permanent residency visa?
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