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191 Skilled Regional Visa

191 Skilled Regional Visa 

The Australia Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 191) is a pathway to permanent residency designed to encourage skilled workers to contribute to the growth and development of regional areas in Australia. It’s a transition from the temporary Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa, Subclass 491, which mandates a certain period of residence in a designated regional area.

To qualify for the Subclass 191 visa, applicants must have held a Subclass 491 or Subclass 494 visa for at least three years. During this time, they need to have abided by the conditions of their visa, including living, working, and studying in a designated regional area. Additionally, they must demonstrate sufficient taxable income for the specified period, meeting the minimum threshold.

191 Skilled Regional Visa

191 Skilled Regional Visa 

If you’re in Australia on a provisional 491 or 494 visa, and you’re working in a designated regional area of Australia, you may be eligible for a skilled regional 191 visa. This could be your pathway to staying in Australia permanently.

Requirements for your employee to apply for a Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 191)

Applicants must continue to satisfy the health and character requirements and not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government. Like other permanent visas, the Subclass 191 provides access to Australia’s healthcare and social security systems.

The Subclass 191 visa offers a unique advantage: it grants permanent residency directly, without the need for a two-step process. It recognizes the applicant’s contribution to the regional community and their commitment to regional development.

The Skilled Regional Visa serves as a bridge to permanent residency for those who have already built a life in a regional area of Australia. It acknowledges their role in fostering economic growth and social cohesion in these regions. The pathway not only grants the privileges of permanent residency but also underlines the significance of regional contributions in Australia’s immigration framework.

Types Of Subclass 191 Skilled Regional Visa Streams

There are two streams of 191 Skilled Regional Visa available. Which one is your scenario?

Regional provisional stream

The Regional Provisional Stream grants permanent residency to individuals who have resided and worked in designated Australian regional areas under an eligible visa for a minimum of 3 years, adhering to visa conditions and maintaining a specified income threshold. No sponsorship or nomination is required, offering a straightforward path to permanent residency. Eligibility is based on compliance with visa and income requirements.

Hong Kong stream

Hong Kong Stream: This visa offers eligible Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport holders the opportunity to attain permanent residency in Australia, provided they meet specific visa and residence requirements. No sponsorship or nomination is necessary for this pathway, which caters to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Australia.

How To Apply For A 191 Visa

To apply for a 191 Visa, contact Absolute Immigration. Whether you are a business looking to sponsor a foreign worker, or an individual who has been sponsored by an employer, a discovery call with our experienced team will ensure you are receiving qualified and strategic advice.

Step 1

Once you reach out to Absolute Immigration, we set up a discovery call to understand what your needs are and what Visa best suits you.

Step 2

From there, we will send you a Strategy proposal outlining the steps we will take to assist you in getting a Visa for you to sign off on.

Step 3

Now our team leaps into action, following immigration pathways, taking care of the paperwork and helping you through the entire application process.

Take the first step and schedule a call

Call us

You can get in touch with the team on our support lines: 1300 227 658 or +61 (03) 9827 3721. Alternatively, you can book a free 10 minute consultation through our Acuity Portal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any further questions regarding visas in Australia?  Send us an email, or give us a call.

This Visa is for eligible skilled migrants, who have been working in designated regional areas of Australia, to become permanent residents.

Migrants who are already on a 491 or a 494 visa can apply for the 191. They would have already had a skills assessment for their first visa, which would then carry over to the 191. 

Using their skills, they would have a salary assessment for their 191 visa.

Yes, a 191 visa can lead to permanent residency. A 191 visa is valid for up to 5 years, after which the visa holder may be eligible for permanent residency.

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