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With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia's public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the department grant this visa until the travel validity expires.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel validity:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don't require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel validity ends, use VEVO.

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

For citizenship purposes, you become a permanent resident at the time:

  • you enter Australia on this visa; or
  • if you previously have been present in Australia and held a permanent visa immediately before last leaving Australia, when the department grant this visa

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You an also add them to your application at any time before the department make a decision.

You should include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, in the application form.

Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.


This visa costs from AUD6,100.

There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You pay for this visa in 2 parts, called instalments.

Pay the first instalment when you apply and the second instalment when the department ask you to.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

See more about visa fees and charges.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the department decide your application.

Book a Consulation about this Visa

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