Converting Permanent Residence to Citizenship

Converting Permanent Residence to Citizenship

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants around the world and the country offers various pathways to permanent residency and eventually citizenship. One of the most popular ways to migrate to Australia is through skilled migration.


This pathway is for those who have specialized skills or qualifications that are in high demand in the Australian job market. Once a skilled migrant has obtained permanent residency they can eventually apply for Australian citizenship. In this article, we will explore the process of converting skilled migration to Australian citizenship.


Skilled Migration to Australia


The skilled migration program in Australia is designed to attract highly skilled professionals and tradespeople from around the world who can contribute to the country’s economy. These are the skilled visas available.


Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)


This visa is for skilled workers who do not have a sponsor or employer in Australia. Applicants must have an occupation on the MLTSSL and meet the points test requirements.


Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)


This visa is for skilled workers who have been nominated by an Australian state or territory government.


Applicants must have an occupation on the STSOL and meet the points test requirements.


Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)


This visa is for skilled workers who are willing to live and work in a designated regional area in Australia for at least two years.


Once a skilled migrant has obtained a skilled visa and entered Australia they can apply for Citizenship after meeting the residency requirement.


The residency requirement for Australian Citizenship is four years.


Converting Skilled Migration to Australian Citizenship


After obtaining permanent residency skilled migrants can eventually apply for Australian citizenship.


Australian citizenship offers several benefits including the right to vote and the ability to travel on an Australian passport.




  • To be eligible for citizenship applicants must have lived in Australia for at least four years as a permanent resident.


  • They must have also lived in Australia for at least one year as a permanent resident in the last four years before applying for citizenship.


  • Applicants must be of good character which means they must not have a criminal record and must not have been involved in any activities that are criminal or immoral.


  • Applicants must pass the Australian Values citizenship test.


  • Applicants must demonstrate English language skills by passing an English language test.


  • Applicants must be committed to living in Australia and obeying Australian laws.


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