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Top 7 Facts Of PR Visa | Canada and Australia PR Details

The Permanent Residence status allows individuals to work and settle in a foreign country, indefinitely. It also offers many perks and benefits.

Read on to know all about the 7 important points and requirements for a PR visa in two of the most sought-after countries: Canada and Australia in this blog!

What is a PR Visa?

A PR visa is a type of permit that allows you to work and settle in the country with your family permanently. A PR visa holder can get citizenship status upon meeting specific requirements.

PR visa for Canada

A PR visa in Canada gives the immigrant the right to live and work in Canada. It offers permanent residency status. To get it, the candidate must apply to the IRCC.

Popular PR Visa (Permanent Residence) Pathways for Canada:

  • Express Entry Visa
  • Federal Skilled Worker Visa
  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Family Sponsorship
  • Canadian Experience Class

PR visa for Australia

A PR visa for Australia can help you to become a permanent resident of the country. You can apply for Australian citizenship after three years with your PR visa. 

There are 3 visa categories for Australia PR:

  • Subclass 189 is for skilled workers with relevant work experience and qualifications to work and settle in the country.
  • Subclass 190 is for nominated employees. It is a one-way ticket to citizenship. All you need for this visa is to have an employer-sponsorship for a minimum of 3 years. 
  • Subclass 191 is for Temporary Visa Holders who want to change their status to a Permanent Resident status. To get a subclass 191, you must have a skilled worker 491 or a 492 visa.

What is a work permit?

A work permit is an authorized pass for foreign-nationals to work in a country for a limited period.

  • Canada Work Permits
1. Employer Specific Work Permit

With this Work Permit, you can work for a specific employer for the time-period mentioned.

2. Open Work Permit

This work permit is only applicable for graduates from DLIs (Designated Learning Institution) or Temporary Residents of Canada. 

It lets an employee work in any company that is not listed under the illegitimate list of companies for any given duration with lesser benefits than the PR Visa offers.

  • Australia Work Permit

Australia’s 482 Work Permit enables any foreign-employee work in Australia for at least 4 years as long as they are sponsored by the employer or the company.

Major Differences Between PR Visa & Work Permit

The differences between the PR visa and work permit are given in the table below:

PR Visa

Work Permit

An immigrant with a PR visa can change jobs without any restriction.

A work permit visa holder cannot change his job or sponsoring employer.

The people with permanent resident status can always find another job.

In the case of a company close-down, the work visa owner will have to leave the country.

They can start their own company.

The individuals with a work permit cannot start their own business.

In the case of a permanent resident, their spouse can legally work in the country.

The spouse of a work permit owner has to arrange a proper sponsorship for him or her.

A PR visa holder can sponsor other family members as well.

The work permit owner cannot sponsor anyone other than their children and spouse.

The average time of attaining a PR visa is around 18 to 24 months.

The obtaining period of a work permit varies from one program to another.

A permanent visa owner can travel anywhere he or she wishes to.

If the work permit visa holder travels outside the country, then they might face renewal issues.

The people with permanent residency certification can live in the country as long as possible.

The length of a work permit based stay depends on the category and the business.

Eligibility Requirements for Work Permit

  • An applicant with sufficient work experience is always preferred.
  • A candidate with fewer qualifications than required is sometimes overlooked owing to their excellent work experience.
  • IELTS Certificate of minimum 6 bands.
  • Other qualifications depend on the job profile and the company demands.

Eligibility Requirements for Canada PR and Australia PR

Australia PR Eligibility requirements


Maximum Points

Age of the immigrant (25-33 years)

30 points

Work experience for a skilled worker (8-10 years - outside Australia)

15 points

Work experience for a skilled worker (8-10 years - in Australia)

20 points

Proficiency in English (eight bands)

20 points

State Sponsorship for immigration (190 visa)

5 points

Education for permanent residency (Doctorate Degree)

20 points

Niche skills in Australia

10 points

Skilled spouse or partner (for permanent residence)

10 points

Skilled spouse or partner with well-competency in English (for permanent residence)

5 points

Accreditation in community language (for permanent resident status and work visa)

5 points


Canada PR Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class, you must meet 67 out of 100 points as the minimum eligibility criteria.

The maximum points you can obtain for these factors are as follows:


Maximum 12 points


Maximum 25 points

Education must be equal to the completion of a Canadian high school diploma and must be attested by an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA)

Language Proficiency

Maximum 24 points (English and/or French)

The minimum score for FSW is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 7 (CLB 7)

Work Experience

You must have a minimum of 12-months of full-time, skilled work experience, or an equivalent amount in part-time experience. Your occupation must be listed in National Occupation Classification (NOC) in either Skill Level 0, A, or B.


Maximum of 10 points

Arranged employment

Additional 10 points (not mandatory).

Documents Required for PR Visa

Documents Required For PR in 2021



Digital photograph


Valid passport

National ID Proof

Medical report

Educational Transcripts

Proof of funds

IELTS Score Card

Employment Pass (Authorization) Document

Travel History Documents

IELTS result

Medical Certificate

ECA report

Police Certificate

Police Clearance Certification

SkillSelect Report

English Language Test Report


How to Apply for a PR Visa?

Application Process for Canada

To apply for Canada PR, you can follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Check if you are eligible for Express Entry 

  • Occupation must be listed in the NOC List
  • Minimum Score of 67 out of 100 to apply via Express Entry

Step 2: Get your ECA report from WES Canada

Step 3: Take a Language Test (French or English or both)

Step 4: Collect all the documents required 

Step 5: Create an Express Entry profile on IRCC 

Step 6: Apply for the Provincial Nominee Programs (Optional, additional 600 points).

Step 7: Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Step 8: Provide the additional documents within 60 days.

Step 9: Get your Medical and Police clearance certificates

Step 10:  Get the PR visa to move to Canada!

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Application Process for Australia

 Step 1: Check for your eligibility criteria under each subclass. 

Step 2: Get your skill assessment done by the VETASSESS

Step 3: Take a Language Test (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)

Step 4: Gather all the required documents

Step 5: Upload your Expression of Interest (EOI) on Skill Select

Step 5: Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Australia PR

Step 6: Submit your final PR application within 60 days

Step 7: Get your Medical and Police clearance certificates

Step 8: Get your Australian PR visa!

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What are the Costs of Canada & Australia PR Visas?

The fee for PR visa of Canada in Indian rupees is around INR 56,000 for people over 18 years of age.


Cost (In INR)

Independent Applicants

Around 1,95,000 INR

Dependant Applicant

Approximately 95,180 INR

Applicants Aged Under 18

48,000 INR

What is the Processing Time for Canada & Australia PR Visas?

The time taken to complete the procedure of the Australian PR visa is around 8 to 12  months.

Other Important FAQs

What are the different types of visas?

The types of visas generally depend upon the purpose of visit and the country you intend to visit. Here are the most common types of visas:

Employment Visa

Business Visa

Temporary Resident Visa

Visitor Visa

Tourist Visa

Student Visa

Non Immigrant Visa

Medical Visa


What does it take to become a Canadian citizen?

Canadian immigration aspirants must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible to become Canadian citizens.

  • Be a permanent resident in Canada. 
  • Should have lived in Canada for 3 of the last 5 years.
  • Must have filed taxes if required.
  • Prove your language skills.
  • Pass a citizenship test.

What are the different types of Australian employment-related immigrant visas?

  • ENS (Employer Nomination Scheme) work visa
  • RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa
  • Skilled Nominated visa
  • Skilled Independent visa
  • Skilled Regional visa
  • Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa
  • Temporary (Short-Stay Specialist) visa
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa

Is it possible for a visitor to apply for a work permit in Canada?

No, a visitor can't apply for a work permit in Canada. However, you can make an application under the following circumstances:

  • A legal work or study permit is available to your parents or spouse.
  • You own a temporary resident permit, which has a validity of over six months.
  • You wish to apply for a different type of work permit while possessing another one.

What is the Canadian permanent residence fee?

This fee is to be paid by candidates seeking Canadian permanent residency after receiving a temporary residence permit. The Canadian permanent residency status is not granted until you pay the RPRF (Right of Permanent Residence Fee).

What is Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Program?

The Canada’s Federal Skilled Workers Program is for foreign workers with suitable education, work experience, age and language abilities selected in the Express Entry immigration system. Those selected will receive Canadian work permit and can apply for a permanent residence card in Canada. 

What is a temporary work permit in Canada?

International temporary workers seeking Canadian immigration must obtain a work permit. However, they would need a job offer from a Canadian employer before filing the work permit application.   


The main differences between PR Visa and Work Permit are:

  • It is easier to get a Canada PR than a Green Card.
  • You need to have a job to get a work permit.
  • An immigrant with a PR visa can change jobs without any restriction. But, a work permit visa holder cannot.
  • The green card holders can start their own company. But, work permit holders cannot.
  • With a PR visa, your spouse can also work in the country. But, with just a work permit, he/she cannot.

So, if you’re planning to work in a country and stay there for a long time, a Permanent Resident Visa is the better option for you. Our experts can tell you more about this.

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How Can Kansas Overseas Help You?

Kansas Overseas Careers is the best Canada visa consultant in India. 

Kansas Overseas Careers specializes in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, UK, USA, Germany, and Hong Kong. 

Apart from these services, Kansas offers its clients personalized services such as:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional guidance based on an in-depth assessment of the client profile to determine chances of visa success. 
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation based on the visa type drafted to meet specific formats.
  • Dedicated Case Officer: A dedicated consultant to assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa Filing: Kansas ensures that the visa applications meet all the standard requirements of concerned immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparations: Complimentary online courses are offered to help aspirants improve their Language Proficiency for important exams like IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Guidance is provided for aspirants attending visa interviews along with verified documents.  
  • Post-Landing Service: Kansas helps clients settle down in the new country with a comfortable stay after they have received their visas.

Additional services offered to job-seekers:

  • Job Search Services: To connect to a global network of employers based on client Profile, location of interest, and job requirements. 
  • Resume Writing: Dedicated team of resume experts to craft the best resumes that meet prerequisites of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly improves their chances of selection.
  • Profile Marketing: Kansas is well-known for creating the best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles in job-portals. And yes, this is a complimentary service!

You can expect a one-stop solution for all your visa needs from profile evaluation, documentation, application drafting to post-visa services with Kansas.


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Topics: Work Visa, Migrate, Canada

Y Sindhura
Y Sindhura

With 8 years of experience in the overseas division, Sindhura is a specialist in Canada, Australia, UK and Germany visa process.



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