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How To Apply For Australia PR In 2021 - Step By Step Process For Immigration

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

This blog has been written to assist you in applying for Australia Permanent Residency yourself so that you don't pay hefty amount of money to the agencies. I have included the Australian government website URL's which you must visit for any updates and the latest information.

This blog will concentrate on the application procedure for skilled independent visa (subclass 189) though you can refer it for any Australia PR visa application in 2021 as it contains all the required URL's for the other visa categories as well . This can serve as a DIY guide for you for Australia PR application without even consulting a MARA agent.

1. Explore the Australian visa options and select the one suitable for you

Explore the Visa Options suitable for you to apply for Australia Permanent Residency in 2021 which include the below:

  1. Family-stream permanent residence visas.

  2. Work-stream permanent residence visas.

  3. Business or investment-stream permanent residence visas.

You can find the detailed information about each visa type and the requirements for them.

2. Check your eligibility in points calculator

Once you have read about the visa types and have selected the best suitable Australia visa for yourself, check your estimated points for the applicable Visa(s) using the Australia Visa Points Calculator provided by Australian Department of Home Affairs for immigration.

Fill out the different questions asked in the calculator and you will get the total points summary along with the points breakdown for your age, English Language skills, Work experience, Qualifications and more.

Check the Points Table for the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 489) to determine the points for different criteria. Once you are across this information, go to the next step to check the cut off for Australia Visas in the invitation rounds for the past few months and years.

3. Check the Australia PR visas cut offs in invitation rounds

Check the Invitation process and Cut offs for Skilled independent ,

skilled Work regional and skilled regional Visas for the current round and the previous rounds. You will

You will get an idea about the minimum points required currently for successful PR invitations, though the eligibility to apply is 65 points only.

For example, in the below statistical information, Australian immigration had issued 100 invitations each for subclass 189 and subclass 489 in September 2019 , and below is the classification for subclass 489 in September 2019:

39 invitations were sent to candidates with 85 points.

19 invitations were sent to candidates with 90 points.

41 invitations were sent to candidates with 95 points.

1 invitation was sent to candidate with 100 points.

Similarly, there is a data for each occupation ID like below

Hence, the minimum score points criteria for currently successful applications is 85 for these visa classes, however it does not give a true indication of the future invitations. This might change over time depending on the requirements of the Australian immigration.

4. Check the job occupation and assessing authority for your skills assessment

Once you have decided to file for Australian PR after going through the above 3 steps, determine the Occupation ID under which you can apply for the Australia PR. This list contains almost all the occupations that you can think of. Check the correct occupation for you under which your skills are suitable. You need to get your experience and qualification assessed by the relevant assessing authority mentioned against the occupation ID, as explained in the next step.

5. Get your skills and qualifications assessed

Please visit the relevant assessing authority website and signup. Download all the relevant skills assessment guidelines from their website and follow them to get the relevant experience letters from your respective organisation(s) and get them certified.

The relevant assessing authority depends on your occupation ID and can be one of the below mentioned:

  1. ACS


  3. Engineers Australia or AIM

  4. TRA

  5. ANMAC

  6. ACWA

  7. CPAA or CAANZ or IPA

  8. AACA

  9. SSSI

  10. AIQS

  11. AIMS

  12. AVBC

  13. AITSL

  14. ASMIRT

  15. ANZSNM

  16. OCANZ

  17. AOPA

  18. CCEA

  19. AOAC

  20. OTC

  21. APC

  22. ANZPAC

  23. SPA

  24. MedBA

  25. ANMAC

  26. APS

  27. AASW

For example, ACS is the assessing authority for the software related jobs and you need to get your job experience letters from your organisation(s) in a particular format and upload on the ACS website after getting them certified as per the instructions depending on each geographic location.

ACS generally takes about 4-8 weeks to assess the qualification and the fees is 500 AUD currently.

6. Prepare and pass the English exam

You can prepare and appear in one of the below English exams for Australia PR:

  1. IELTS

  2. PTE

  3. TOEFL

  4. OET

  5. Cambridge C1 Advanced Test

You can fall in one of the below 3 categories in the English language:

  1. Competent English scores 0 points

  2. Proficient English scores 10 points

  3. Superior English scores 20 points

I would highly recommend you to aim for the highest points (20) in English language skills considering the recent high cut off points in the Australia invitation rounds.

You should prepare for the English Exam for at least a month to achieve the Superior English.

I have read in various forums that PTE Academic is the easiest exam as compared to others, so I had given the PTE exam for my PR application, and scored the 90 points in PTE to achieve 20 points for Superior English in my PR application

7. File the EOI (Expression Of Interest)

Finally, you can apply for EOI in Skillselect once you have the skills and qualifications assessment, and your required English results with you. Sign up on skillselect and fill the online EOI form correctly.

I have written this blog with the updated information and my experience until now. Please visit the URLs provided in this blog for any changes in the information by the Australian government.

All the best!

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