Permanent resident

You can become a Permanent resident of Australia by applying for and being granted a visa that allows you to stay in Australia permanently. The most common initial permanent visas are skilled work and family.

To find a visa that suits your needs explore visa options.


When you first apply for permanent residence, you will need to meet our requirements for health, character and security.

Find out more about how to meet our requirements


As an Australian permanent resident, your right to re-enter Australia after travelling overseas will depend on whether you have valid re-entry documents.

See Overseas travel as a permanent resident


You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen after after meeting certain requirements including having lived in Australia for a certain amount of time.

See if you satisfy the residence requirements.

Access our Residence calculator