A permanent visa permits an individual to live in Australia forever. It is at first conceded for five years and visas can either be applied from outside Australia or from inside Australia whilst on a temporary visa.
There are different streams of permanent Australian visas including: Family, Skilled and Business.
Permanent residents must meet the criteria for the visa they are applying. There is additionally stringent health and character criteria that should be met. For recently arrived permanent residents for the most part there is a two year holding up period before having the capacity to claim for social security benefits; however there are a few exclusions to this guideline relying upon the visa.