Australian Permanent Residency

An Australian permanent resident (permanent resident) is the name given to a non-citizen who is the holder of a permanent visa. A permanent resident can live, work and study without restriction in Australia.

A permanent resident has most of the rights and entitlements of a citizen, however there are differences:

• A citizen has an automatic right of entry to Australia, however if a permanent

   resident chooses to travel internationally, they need to ensure they have a

   permanent visa with a valid travel authority if they wish to return to Australia as

   a permanent resident.

• A citizen can vote in Australian Government elections. In most cases permanent

   residents cannot, however if a permanent resident was enrolled to vote (as a

   British subject) prior to 1984, they may remain eligible to vote


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