What is the fastest way to get Australia PR? Well, we were recently contacted by Pete, a member of the Getting Down Under community who asked us exactly that! What is the fastest way to get Permanent Residency or PR in Australia?
It’s actually a great question, and given that we’ve never answered this question in the 14 years that we have been online, we thought we’d produce an article to address just that! 😊
What you can do with Australia PR
Australia PR is an attractive proposition for many as with it comes with the following sought after benefits:
- You have the freedom to work and live in any part of the country.
- Your family members will get permission to move in with you.
- You can apply for PR for your relatives.
- You and your family can get work and health benefits.
- You can apply for citizenship after a few years of PR status.
- Your children are eligible for free education up to a certain age.
- You’ll have unrestricted movement in and out of Australia in the first five years (once COVID calms down obviously)!
For those of you who might be familiar with Australian migration; you’ll likely appreciate that getting Australian PR is neither generally easy, or fast! In fact, if you are looking for the fastest route to Australian PR you may need to think outside of the box a little!
Like a number of other countries, Australia follows a points-based system to assess the eligibility of a person for migrating to Australia as a skilled worker.
If applying for Australia PR in the 2020 / 2021 Migration year, you will require 65 points under SkillSelect for subclass 189 and subclass 190 visas which are two of the more popular visa options for Australian migrants.
This all seems quite straight forward but when you factor in the thousands of other people competing for the same limited number of visa places at the same time, simply meeting the 65 points PassMark might not always cut it!
See this post for an explanation why: What are my chances of Getting An Australian Visa?
Is it hard to get PR in Australia?
If you are aspiring to move to Australia right now then the news isn’t generally that great.
At the time of typing (November 2020), COVID-19 has made it extremely difficult to obtain Australia PR with the virus impacting access to Australia and therefore impacting applicants abilities to enter Australia once their visa applications are processed. This has slowed down the processing of traditional visas quite significantly!
We won’t even touch on some of the family visa options where some visa classes have a waiting time of nearly 50 years!!
It’s not all doom and gloom though!
In fact, based on our research to help answer this question. Some Australia Visa applicants are obtaining decisions from the Australian migration department within 7 – 14 days from the date they lodge an Expression of interest!
Fastest Way To Get Australia PR
So what is this mythical visa type that enables super-fast approvals? Well, it transpires that it’s one of the Australian migration departments newer visa options, the Global Talent Independent Program (GTI).
While the processing times for the program are not generally available on the Australian migration department’s website, the latest data indicates that the majority of decisions being made, are made within 14 days from the date of lodgement of an Expression Of Interest (EOI).
Others applicants took between 14 days and three months meaning that whatever way you look at the stats, the GTI is the fastest way to get Australia PR by some distance!
What is the GTI Program?
The Global Talent Visa Program, also known as the Global Talent Independent Program, is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia.
Though we wrote about the launch of the GTI program some time ago, the program is now in full swing.
Launched officially in November 2019, the GTI program aims to attract talented and highly skilled technologists working in one of the seven designated ‘future-focused’ sectors:
- Energy and mining technology
- Data science
- ‘Global Talent Independent program is the fastest way of getting permanent residency in Australia’.
- Global Talent visa aims at attracting highly-skilled professionals to live and work in Australia permanently
- Processing times for the Global Talent visa varies from two days to two months
To be eligible, the applicants must demonstrate the potential to earn a salary at or above the income threshold of $153,600 each year and have their application supported by a nominator of national reputation in the same field.
Applicants who believe they meet the program parameters are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the Global Talent Form and are also required to secure a nominator.
If the EOI is successful, the applicant receives a unique identifier and will be able to lodge an application online under the Distinguished Talent visa (Subclass 124) for those outside Australia and Distinguished Talent visa (Subclass 858) for those inside the country at the time of lodgement.
Possibly the fastest and most flexible Visa Available!
Part of the reason why the GTI visas are processed so quickly is down to its flexibility in the application evaluating criteria. The criteria of this Visa class are not currently included as part of the broader Australian visa regulations. This means the bulk of the criteria in the GTI visa program are more administrative in nature.
In addition, to be the fastest way to get Australia PR, this program is turning out to be extremely attractive to candidates who would struggle to gain Australia PR through other means.
Firstly it has no age criteria (usually 45 years and below), so you can be of any age.
Secondly, it has no formal skills assessment so the only person doing the skills assessment is the immigration officer.
Thirdly, as an applicant, you will not need to undertake an English language test to apply for this visa (though you will need to pay an extra charge, called the second instalment if you can not demonstrate that you have functional Engish).
Are there many places available for the GTI program?
The short answer is yes! In what is being viewed as a sign of things to come in a post-pandemic Australia, the government has tripled the allocation for the GTI program from 5,000 in the program year 2019-20 to 15,000 in the 2020 – 2021 Migration year.
Individuals granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program do not require a travel exemption due to COVID-19. With that said, all travellers arriving in Australia under the Global Talent Program must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival.
Based on the testimonials posted on the Australian Migration website, candidates under his visa class are very well looked after.
From one of the candidates:
I would encourage anybody considering to apply for a visa to Australia to seriously consider the global talent visa.
If you are a specialist you have the ability to help anybody in the world specifically Australians achieve their goals, maybe build a business here, support businesses that are growing and want to go global, Australia is the place.
It blends the western way of doing business with an amazing lifestyle. And you can blend the work and the life balance and you can live work and play anywhere in Australia and make it super simple.
Where are the candidates coming from?
Based on our research when writing this article and the data made available from the department of home affairs (between January and September 2020), the largest source of Candidates under the global talent program was Iran, followed by candidates from Bangladesh, India, China and the UK.
It’s the Fastest Way To Get Australia PR But Is It For You?
Fair to say, the global talent program is targetted at the best of the best in the industry and application to award in under two weeks or less makes this the faster way to get PR in Australia.
The added bonus of no age limit, no skills assessment or no English language assessment makes this an extremely attractive option for those who have the skills to qualify but wouldn’t ordinarily be able to apply due to these other restrictions
Is this an option that would work for you? Have you applied or are you considering applying under this visa class? We’d love to hear from you so please let us know in our comments below. 👍