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.

 

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