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Permanent Residency Australia: Free Advice Service

Thinking about Australian Permanent Residency? Or maybe you have started the process and need help or more information? This can be an exciting journey! The benefits of Permanent Residency (PR) include the right to permanently live in Australia, work or study without normal visa restrictions, and access Australia’s free national healthcare.

The first step to become a Permanent Resident (PR) of Australia is finding out which PR visa is the best for you. Common ways of becoming a permanent resident are:

    • Through family who already have Australian citizenship
    • Skilled work
    • Regional work

While becoming a Permanent Resident is exciting, applying for a PR visa can be stressful and hard. It can take a lot of work searching the internet for the right information - and there is no guarantee you will be successful. 

That’s why Visa Assist provides free advice and help with your PR visa journey. Visa Assist lawyers are experts in PR and migration law and are registered migration agents.

Complete the Find Out More form to start using Visa Assist (this form is on the right side of this page on desktop or at the bottom of this page on mobile devices)

What is Visa Assist for Permanent Residency?

Visa Assist can help you find out which PR visa you qualify for and help you with the application process. There professional advice and help is independent and confidential. These experts can also help your husband, wife, children or other family apply for a visa. 

Interpreters are also available. 

You will still need to pay the applicable visa fee to the Government, but all advice and help provided by Visa Assist is free. Fill out the the Find Out More form to use Visa Assist. 

How To Apply

Ask your union for a referral for free and confidential advice. Visa Assist will then arrange an appointment over the phone or in person. This appointment is confidential and professional.

There is no limit to the number of free appointments or services. 

If you are not a union member but would still like to access free Visa Assist, please fill out the Find Out More form and we will get into contact with you. Memberships are affordable and provide plenty of other benefits, including:

    • help with workplace issues

    • skills training 

    • discounts on shopping and travel. 

Why is Visa Assist for Permanent Residency free?

Visa Assist is a non-profit service. That means it is not a business trying to make a profit, but a community service dedicated to helping people. This is why there is no cost to use Visa Assist.

Visa Assist is funded through a partnership between Unions NSW and the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC).  Find out more about Visa Assist.

Who we help

Visa Assist experts cover all types of visas provided to people in Australia, including:

    • All immigration and visa questions

    • Visa cancellations or problems

    • Sponsoring family members to come to Australia

    • Visitor Visas

    • Visas for New Zealanders

    • Bridging visas

    • Review of Department of Immigration decisions

    • Students visas

    • Work or skilled visa

    • Humanitarian visas

    • Partner visas

Read about other cases that Visa Assist experts have worked on.

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