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Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa Subclass 191

Permanent Residence in Australia?

Subclass 191 Visa: Your Gateway to Australian Residency 

Imagine a life where your skills are not just recognised, but honoured. The Subclass 191 visa is your bridge to turning aspirations into concrete reality. Tailored for skilled workers and their families who have contributed to designated regional areas, this visa opens doors to permanent residency, allowing you to live and work in Australia. Liberate yourself from career restrictions, welcoming the freedom to pursue your dream profession without limitations. Experience a genuine sense of belonging as you seamlessly integrate into Australia, guided by our dedicated team committed to transforming your dreams into a tangible and lasting reality.
Eligibility and Requirements

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) Checklist in 2024

Accuracy is key! Gather all the stars of your application and illuminate your path to Australian residency with our Subclass 191 Visa checklist.

For Regional Provisional Stream

  • You must hold an eligible Subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years before applying.
  • With no minimum income requirement, you must provide notices of assessment from the Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’) for at least 3 income years out of the 5 years holding the qualifying visa.
  • You must have complied with the conditions of your eligible visa throughout your entire visa-holding period in Australia.

For Honkong Stream

  • You must hold an eligible visa (457, 482, or 485) for at least 3 years before applying.
    If granted before July 9, 2020, ensure it doesn’t expire after July 8, 2025.
    – If granted on or after July 9, 2020, the visa must be valid for 5 years.
    – Multiple visas of the same subclass can’t be combined to meet the 3-year requirement.
  • You must hold a Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport at the time of your visa application.
  • You must have lived in a designated regional area for at least three years, and any work or study during the three years before applying for this visa must have been in the designated regional area of Australia.
  • You must enter Australia before the date specified on your visa grant letter if you are outside the country when the visa is granted.

For Both

  • You and your family members applying with you must meet health and character requirements.
  • You must settle any outstanding debts owed to the Australian Government by you or your family members.
  • Upon application decision, you must either have functional English proficiency or pay the second instalment of the visa charge when requested.
  • You must have no history of visa cancellations or application refusals.

Application Process Simplified

Our Services for 191 Skilled Regional Permanent Residence Visa

Stuck on where to begin? Streamline your journey and smoothly transition to a new life with our tailored services catered to your 191-visa application.

Check Eligibility

Navigating you through intricate criteria, our proficient team will thoroughly evaluate your qualifications, work experience, and factors to confirm and ensure you meet the necessary criteria for a successful 191 visa application.

Gather Required Documents

We will offer you a personalised document checklist, expert verification for compliance, document translation (if necessary), assistance in obtaining missing documents, and seamless organisation, ensuring an effortless application journey.

Submit Visa Application

Leave the intricate application process to us. Simplifying the application submission, our team will guide you through the online procedures, assuring all necessary information is accurate, complete and lodged within the specified timelines.

Visa Decision and Follow-up

Our commitment extends beyond submitting your application, supporting you through the decision phase by monitoring your visa status, providing updates, and assisting with any additional requests or queries from the immigration authorities.

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Embrace a World of Opportunities

Concluding Your Quest for Home with Australia’s Subclass 191 Visa

Experience the thrilling possibilities that unfold as you conclude your journey to becoming a permanent resident in Australia. Our team is ready to guide you seamlessly from initial visa eligibility assessments to the final visa decision. We will ensure a smooth transition into your chosen regional haven not only through customised assistance but also by providing you with knowledge and updating you at every step of the process. Explore our service and let 4Nations International be your dedicated partner in transforming the excitement of residency into a reality.

Ready to make the first step? Reach out to us, your trusted registered migration agent, and pave your way to a successful visa grant without encountering any roadblocks.

Navigate the Unknown 

Common Concerns about Subclass 191 Visa Answered

The Subclass 191 skilled Visa, also known as the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa, is a pathway to Australian permanent residency (PR) designed for skilled workers and their families who have lived and worked in designated regional areas. This visa allows holders the opportunity to reside and work anywhere in the country without the restrictions often associated with temporary visas. Apart from the regional provisional visa stream, it is specifically tailored to facilitate Hong Kong applicants to apply for a permanent visa in Australia.

The Subclass 191 Visa presents numerous benefits, encompassing indefinite residency, the freedom to work and study in Australia, eligibility for Medicare, and the opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship upon meeting the residency requirement of residing in the country for a minimum of four years.

To meet eligibility requirements, applicants must hold either a subclass 494 visa or a subclass 491 visa for a minimum of 3 years. Additionally, they must satisfy health and character criteria, fulfil tax obligations, and adhere to visa conditions. This ensures that individuals seeking the visa subclass 191 have contributed positively to designated regional areas in Australia and are committed to meeting the necessary obligations for indefinite residency.

Yes, Subclass 191 Visa recipients have the flexibility to stay and work anywhere in Australia, including metropolitan and regional areas.

For individuals seeking alternative pathways to PR in Australia with faster application processes, several options are available. These include the Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme), Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), and Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa). These visas cater to various circumstances and eligibility criteria, offering expedited routes for those looking to secure indefinite residency in a more timely manner.

As Subclass 191 is a permanent skilled visa, visa holders can reside in Australia permanently, but initially valid for 5 years from the date of grant, the visa allows travel to and from Australia during this period. For travel beyond the initial 5 years, visa holders must apply for a Resident Return visa.

No, visa 191 holders, even if employer-sponsored, are not subject to location restrictions. This provides individuals with the freedom to choose their place of residence within Australia, offering flexibility and autonomy in their living arrangements.

Applicants for both the regional provisional and Hong Kong streams have the flexibility to be either in or outside Australia throughout both the application submission and decision phases. However, for the Hong Kong visa stream, if applicants are overseas when the visa is granted, they are required to enter Australia before the date specified on their visa grant letter.

Yes, the Subclass 191 Visa does lead to permanent residency (PR) in Australia. Once granted, the Subclass 191 Visa confers permanent settlement status, allowing the visa owner to reside, work, and study in Australia indefinitely. 

You can include family members in your application during submission or add them later but before the visa decision. Generally, family members don’t need an eligible visa, except if they no longer meet the family unit definition. In such cases, they must hold a qualifying visa, for example, if a child turns 23 after obtaining an entitled visa.

The visa processing time for the 191 subclass can fluctuate based on factors such as application volume and individual circumstances. According to the Department of Home Affairs

  • 50% of applications are processed within 83 days.
  • 90% of applications are processed within 90 days.

As per, Department of Home Affairs, for the regional provisional stream, the subclass 191 visa costs AUD475.00 for the main applicant, AUD240.00 for each additional member aged 18 or older, and AUD120.00 for each additional member below 18. Additional costs may apply for health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

For the Hong Kong stream, the main applicant incurs a visa cost of AUD4,640.00. A charge is also levied for each family member applying with you. An extra charge of AUD4,885.00 may be applicable for applicants aged 18 or older with less than functional English, payable only upon request if the visa is to be granted.

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