From Student to Resident: Samantha’s Journey towards Permanent Residency in Australia and the Role of Education in Achieving this Milestone

Today, we were delighted to receive correspondence from Samantha, our esteemed client. Samantha is presently enrolled in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care program at Brisbane College of Australia. Her aspirations lie in establishing a long-term presence in Australia, and she eagerly seeks guidance on the pathway to obtaining Permanent Residency. Below, we provide an answer to her inquiry.

Dear Samantha,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to provide you with a brief explanation of how to obtain permanent residency (PR) in Australia. I understand that you are interested in pursuing a PR in Australia as an Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher, and I would be glad to guide you through the process.

To begin with, it is essential that your occupation is listed on the skilled occupation list, which can be found on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website at [read here]. Occupations that lead to PR are marked as MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List). Fortunately, your occupation, “Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher,” is on the list and is marked as MLTSSL.

Once you have confirmed that your occupation is on the list, you need to check the specific requirements for your chosen occupation. On the same webpage, you will find a section called ANZSCO Code. By clicking on the link provided, you can access the description and requirements for your occupation. For the occupation of an Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher, the requirements state that most occupations in this group require a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. In some cases, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Therefore, in order to be eligible for a PR or working visa in Australia, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree. If you meet this requirement, you can proceed to the next steps.

The next step is to select the appropriate visa type. There are several skilled visa options available for obtaining PR in Australia, which are points-based visas. These include the Skilled Independent subclass 189, Skilled Nominated subclass 190, and Skilled Work Regional subclass 491. Alternatively, you can also secure an employer who is willing to sponsor you. By working on a subclass 482visa for a period of 3 years (currently 2 years, as per recent changes), you may be eligible to apply for PR, subject to certain conditions.

Another critical aspect to consider is the English language requirement. If your command of English is not strong enough, we recommend considering working in Australia on a subclass 482 visa. This pathway requires an English proficiency level of only 5.0 in the IELTS exam, whereas most skilled visas generally require a higher score of 7.0 IELTS. If your English language skills improve during your years of working, you can apply for a subclass 482 visa at any time, provided you meet all the requirements.

Please note that the information provided here is a basic explanation of the migration pathway. Different visas have varying requirements, and it is important to consult with an immigration specialist to take specific actions based on your circumstances.

At GTE Experts, we work with MARA-certified professionals who can provide you with expert assistance in obtaining permanent residency in Australia. They will guide you through the entire process and ensure that all the necessary requirements are met.

If you have any further questions or if there is anything else we can assist you with, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help you achieve your goal of obtaining permanent residency in Australia.

Best regards,


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