Australian permanent residency is a coveted status, particularly for foreign students in Australia. It just is. If you’re currently studying in Australia, you know what we’re talking about. If you are students planning to study in Australia, read closely for this post can aspire you for a better future.
Before anything else, let’s take a look at why holding a permanent residency status is so attractive to foreign students in particular and immigrants in general. It’s not quite Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket, but close enough.
Australian Permanent Residency: The Benefits
1. Permanent residency means permanent visa. No more fear that whoever sits in the government will make a tough change to the regulation that creates nothing short of nightmare to temporary visa holders like they did in 2017 on 457, citizenship and 187 visa.
2. Permanent residents can pursue their study even further. So, students. That’s your cue. They are free to study (free as in freedom, not beers or, to make it sounds academic, libre…not gratis) anywhere they please without restrictions. In relation to study, permanent residents are also eligible for student loans that can help them pursue their study.
3. Work benefits. Permanent residents hold the same right as citizens when it comes to work permits and work rights (to join trade unions etc). They can also work anywhere and with any employer.
4. Access to social security. After holding the permanent residency for 2 years, permanent residents will be given access to the benefits provided by Australia’s Social Security Department.
5. Access to Medicare. It’s Australian health insurance program that guarantees you a range of benefits from free treatment to cheaper medicine.
6. Family-related benefits. As permanent resident, you’ll be eligible (after meeting some criteria) to sponsor your relatives walking their own pathway to permanent residency. It’s not just that, any children belong to permanent resident parents are Australian by birth, giving your children the opportunity that you might missed in your home country.
7. Helping others. This is the time to pay it all forward or that sort of thing. As permanent resident, you are eligible to work under government payroll working in public services/government office. Better yet, you can also practice as a registered migration agent. So that, in turn, you can help other people fulfilling their dreams to migrate to Australia, just like your dream was fulfilled a few years back.