Applying for Australian Permanent Resident Visa (Subclass 175)

UPDATE: This Visa is closed to new applications. This Visa is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any Visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made. However, you can still apply for Australian Permanent Visa (Subclass 189 or 190).


Australian permanent Visa holders are residents, but are not citizens of Australia. The Visa holder can freely leave and re-enter Australia without breaching the immigration laws and regulations. As the name suggests, the holders can remain in the country indefinitely. However,  those who live outside Australia for too long may lose their permanent resident status.


Subclass 175 is one form of skilled migration, which is probably the most common type of Visa that Filipinos apply for.


Subclass 175


This type of permanent residence Visa allows you and any family members to live indefinitely in Australia. You do not require sponsorship to apply for this Visa.


There are three requirements:

  • are under 50 years of age

  • have competent English language skills

  • have the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

Australian permanent residents can:

  • live and work in Australia on a permanent basis,

  • study at  school in Australia,

  • enroll in Medicare (i.e., Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses),

  • be eligible for Australian citizenship (i.e., subject to the residency eligibility criteria), and

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.

Subclass 175 is one form of skilled migration, which is also commonly known as Permanent Resident Visa and it is probably the most Visa that Filipinos apply for.


There are many types of Skilled Migration Visas as shown in this list:

  • Skilled Independent (Migrant) Visa (subclass 175)

  • Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (subclass 176)

  • Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

  • Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 475)

  • Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (subclass 476)

  • Skilled Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 487)

  • Skilled Independent (Residence) Visa (subclass 885)

  • Skilled Sponsored (Residence) Visa (subclass 886)

  • Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887)

To ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible, you should include all of the documents needed to make a complete application. If you do not have all of these documents and you need to lodge your application urgently, you must ensure that you meet the basic eligibility requirements to apply for this Visa. Have your checklist ready before entering the halls of the Australian immigration.


Remember that you and your family must comply with all Visa conditions and Australian laws.

Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.