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Permanent Resident Mortgage

Who is this page for?

This page is for Australian Permanent Residents (PR) who would like to apply for a mortgage to buy real estate in Australia.

If you apply with the right lender, you can get approved for a home loan just like Australian citizens! This means that there will be few restrictions on borrowing.

How much can you borrow?

  • Permanent residents living in Australia: some of our lenders will consider lending up to 95% of the property value.
  • Permanent residents living overseas: one of our lenders will consider lending up to 90% of the property value. Some may lend higher depending on the strength of your application.
  • Permanent residents with a foreign income: foreign income is considered on a case by case basis depending on the nature and source of the income.
  • New Zealand citizens: please refer to our New Zealand citizens mortgage page.

Want to get the best interest rate? Call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our mortgage broker can help you to find a competitive home loan.

You can also apply for first home benefits such as the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG)! Read on to find out how.

Permanent residents living overseas

Although most lenders will not allow PR holders living outside of Australia to borrow, we have some lenders that consider this under their standard lending policies. However, you must be able to prove your income and in some cases you may be required to hold a Power of Attorney (POA) in Australia.

Call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers can help you find a lender that can accept your situation.

Permanent residents with a foreign income

Income that you earn from shares, property or businesses overseas can be used to help you repay a loan in Australia.

Some lenders can even advance your loan in a foreign currency so that you face less risk from exchange rate fluctuations!

However, not every lender accepts foreign income when assessing your ability to repay the debt. Please discuss this with us to find out if this is applicable to your situation.

Is Australian government approval required?

No, Foreign Investment Review Board approval is not required.

Are first home benefits available

The Australian government’s First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) and other benefits are available for permanent residents!

Please refer to your state governments first home buyer website for information about which benefits you may be eligible for.

Does it matter which immigration visa I have?

All of the below visa types are acceptable for home loans! This is because they are assessed by Australian lenders in the same way that permanent residents are:

  • Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
  • Independent Skilled Migration Visa
  • State or Territory Nominated Independent Visa (STNI) (Subclass 137)
  • Skilled Migrant – Australian Family Sponsored Visa
  • Skilled Migrant – Regional (Designated Area) Family Sponsored Visa
  • Distinguished Talent Migration Visa
  • Independent Skilled Graduate Student Visa
  • Skilled Graduate Student – Australian Family Sponsored Visa
  • Skilled Graduate Student – Regional (Designated Area) Family Sponsored Migration Visa
  • Independent Skilled New Zealand Citizen Migration Visa
  • Skilled New Zealand Citizen – Australian Family Sponsored Visa
  • Skilled New Zealand Citizen – Designated Area Family Sponsored Visa (Subclass 863)
  • Skill Matching Scheme
  • Australian Employer Nominated Migration Visa
  • Regional (Designated Area) Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 857 / 119)
  • Labour Agreement Migration Visa
  • Former Resident (Subclass 151)
  • Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 495) – The SIR Visa
  • Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa (Subclass 497)
  • Business Owner (Residence) Visa (Subclass 890)
  • State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Residence) Visa (Subclass 892)
  • Investor (Residence) Visa (Subclass 891)
  • State or Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) Visa (Subclass 893)
  • Business Talent Migration Visa (Subclass 132)
  • Established Business in Australia (Subclass 845)
  • Regional Established Business in Australia (Subclass 846)
  • Spouse or De-Facto Spouse Migrant (Subclass 309/100 – 820/801)
  • Prospective Marriage Partner – Fiancé
  • Interdependent Partner Migration
  • Working Age Parent – Class AX (Subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent Migration – Class BP (Subclass 804)
  • Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 114 & 838)
  • Remaining Relative (Subclass 115 & 835)
  • Carer Migration (Subclass 116 & 836)
  • Resident Return Visa
  • Contributory Parent – Class CA (Subclass 143)
  • Contributory Parent – Class DG (Subclass 864)

Apply for a mortgage

We are mortgage brokers who specialise in helping people without citizenship buy property in Australia. To find out how we can help you get approved for a permanent resident mortgage, please contact us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online today.

  • MPhelps

    I hold a PR of Australia, and I currently reside and work in Dubai. Am I eligible for a home loan?

  • Hi M Phelps,

    Although there has been recent restrictions imposed on lending based on foreign income, as a permanent resident of Australia living and working in Dubai you will be considered an expat and are eligible to apply for a home loan.

  • Maxwell

    I was originally here in Australia on a 457 work visa but now I hold a PR. I’ve just completed probation working at CBA bank and I understand that they offer their staff a no LMI home loan for up to 90% LVR. I was thinking of applying directly but a friend suggested I look around for possibly better options first.

  • Hey Maxwell,

    We can do a 90% no LMI home loan for CBA staff and also do a standard pricing request. Our mortgage brokers have dealt with a lot cases like this and one of their main specialties is that they also look to the future and how your home loan will shape up and meet your goals. What this means is that although you may qualify for no LMI with CBA right now, you need to know that you will definitely want a better rate in two years or so, which the bank is less likely to deliver. There are better discounts in offer elsewhere so you can consider them too. Please call 1300 889 743 to discuss this all in detail.a

  • Ken Lim

    My name is Ken Lim. I am working as an auditor in Malaysia and will be getting my Australian PR soon, most probably in June 2016. I am planning to reside in canning vale, perth with my family. I wish to buy a house over there so that my children can study at one of primary school over there.

    I have a concern here on my loan application. Can I use my souce of income in Malaysia as part of supporting documentation to apply loan in any australian bank? Do I eligible for first home owner grant and what would be the requirement then?

    Many thanks.

  • Hi Ken,

    When you are a PR holder then from Malaysia you can buy a property however you’ll need a minimum 20% – 30% deposit. If you move to Australia then you’ll need only a 5% – 10% deposit.

    Foreign income can only be accepted in some situations. It’s quite complicated. Income from a job or rent is usually ok. Income from a business is accepted less often. We have some lenders that can use this (if you are PR) however they need a large deposit approx 30%.

    You would be eligible for a first home grant if you live in the property. You can read the full requirements here

  • Ken Lim

    Hi, my family and I will definitely move to perth upon getting the PR. It just that we wish to buy a house for before i come over. In order to get this in place, i would then need to get the loan application approved based on my income as auditor in Malaysia.

    If this doesn’t work, we have to rent a house and get a permanent job first before can buy a house. Am thinking a workable solution to address this. Thanks.

  • Hi Ken,

    Buying before your PR is granted won’t work as Malaysian Ringgit isn’t an acceptable foreign investor currency for our banks. Once you have PR we can get you approved even if you haven’t yet moved to Australia.

    I totally understand why you’d want to buy rather than rent, looking for a new house twice and moving house twice would be a big waste of time.

  • Ken Lim

    Hi, thanks. I have a clearer picture now. That’s mean I can still apply the mortgage loan with australian bank based on my income in Malaysia so long I am PR. In addition, is there a requirement for PR to stay within 12 months if I do NOT opt for the first home grant? What would be deposit requirement then? Thanks.

  • Hi Ken,

    If you decide to buy an investment property in Australia (i.e. not move into the property within 12 months) then the deposit size may vary. We’d need a full application from you to confirm this. Typically you could borrow 70% to 80% of the property value due to the currency you earn not being one that Australian banks prefer.