Originally Posted by tonton
How is it "permanent residency" if it expires?
Yup. I guess "permanent residency" is now a fairly loose immigration concept. I can stay there indefinitely but if I leave the country or have been out of the country for a while I need a resident return visa to "keep" my residency status. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austral...anent_resident
"...Holders of permanent residency visas may remain in Australia indefinitely. These visas last up to five years from the date of grant. Until the permanent resident visa expires, the visa holder may leave and re-enter Australia freely. A notable feature of the permanent residency visa is that, even after the initial visa expires, the holder is entitled to stay in Australia indefinitely without breaching immigration regulations...After the initial visa has expired, if the holder wishes to continue to travel to and from Australia as a permanent resident, he/she must obtain a Resident Return Visa (RRV). However those who live for too long outside Australia may lose their permanent resident status..."
For Australia, only citizenship right now is a full and "permanent" guarantee of a right to live and work there. However, it is not compatible with Malaysian citizenship (Malaysia will remove your Malaysian citizenship if you become an Australian citizen). Though US-Australia dual citizenship is allowed, UK-Australia is allowed. I wonder if someday I can be a citizen of the USA, UK and Australia. And the European Union. That would be cool. I guess UK citizenship covers the Euro area appropriately.
Clearly this is still many world leaders' concept of citizenship: