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How to apply PR visa in Australia from USA

If you are a skilled worker in USA, looking to get Permanent Residency (PR) Visa in an alternate country, Australia is just perfect alternative for you. Australia and USA have several things in common apart from being the English speaking nations. Both offer more or less similar settings and environment to the immigrant workers, i.e. high paying jobs, high standards of living, well developed infrastructure, multicultural society, and quality of life, etc.

Since, America is tightening its immigration rules and requirements over the years, temporary immigrants in USA are looking to get PR in Australia, which is relatively easier to get compared to US Green card.



What are the key pathways to get PR in Australia from US?

Australia is one of those countries which introduced point based system for immigration. It takes pride on its online point based system and dedicated skilled visa categories which allows immigrants to come to Australia and get settle on a permanent basis. General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program is the key pathway for skilled workers to get PR in Australia.

General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program

General skilled migration is an online system that assess the eligibility of the applicants based on their age, education, English Language ability, work experience, nomination (from an Australian state), etc. parameters.

It has two point tested permanent visa categories, i.e.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa

It is a point tested permanent visa that allows you to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. It doesn’t require any sponsorship from Australian employer or nomination from state in Australia. You can submit EOI for this visa through online SkillSelect system.

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

As the title suggests it’s a state nominated visa, hence to apply for this visa you need nomination from Australian state or territory. This visa is also a permanent visa that allows you to live and work in Australia permanently. You can submit EOI for this visa through online SkillSelect system.

Click here to know complete details about GSM Permanent visas

How to apply

General skilled Migration (GSM) program has point based system for visa applicants. First of all, you need to gather the essential documents to apply, i.e.

  • English Language Proficiency test (i.e. IELTS) with minimum band 6 in all four abilities
  • Skill Assessment Report from a recognized assessing authority

Now, you can submit EOI (Expression of Interest) in online SkillSelect System and score minimum 60 points based on age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. to register as an applicant. You also need to obtain state nomination, if applying for Subclass 190 visa. Australian immigration authorities will select the applicants with top immigration point score through periodic invitation rounds.

Click here to check your point score for GSM visa categories



Get assistance from certified Australia Migration Experts to apply Australia PR Visa

You may take inclusive immigration documentation process assistance from certified Australian migration experts at Visas Avenue Immigration- a registered Australian Visa Documentation Consultancy firm in India. You may call Visas Avenue expert at Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, you can e-mail your queries to e-mail id-


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