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Subclass 191 visa – permanent residence (skilled regional) visa

Subclass 191 visa allows you to live and work in Australia permanently. However, you can only apply for this visa while holding visa 491 or visa 494 for at least 3 years and meeting other requirements. Keep reading to learn about the visa requirements (Part 3) and the documents you need to prepare (Part 7)!



What is a subclass 191 visa?

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa – Subclass 191 is the second stage of the regional skilled visa pathway. After 3 years of holding a subclass 491 or subclass 494 for 3 years and working in an Australian designated regional area, you can apply for Subclass 191 visa to become a permanent resident.


Visa 191 came into effect from November 16, 2022. Being well-prepared from the beginning will increase the chance of your visa 191 grant.


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What is a subclass 191 visa?


The benefits of holding a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa

Holding a subclass 191 , you will be entitled to access almost all the benefits of an Australian permanent resident:


ResidencyStay in Australia permanently.
Health careAccess to Medicare – Australia’s public health care scheme.
Study and workWork and study in Australia.

(Must work in the designated regional area in the first 2 years after the 191 visa grant).

Multiple entriesTravel in and out of Australia for 5 years. After 5 years, you need to apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV).
Family membersSponsor your eligible family member to come to Australia with you.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship.


It’s best to clearly understand the benefits and responsibilities while holding subclass 191. Contact VEM for further explanation.


The requirements of a subclass 191

You must be holding subclass 491 or subclass 494 and meet the following requirements to apply for Australia 191 visa.


ResidencyHave lived and worked in a designated regional area for at least 3 years.
IncomeNo minimum income.
TaxesHave to pay taxes during 3 years working in a designated regional area.
OthersComply with Australian laws and meet all requirements when holding a Subclass 491 or 494 visa.

Must be in Australia at the time of making the visa application.


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The requirements of a Subclass 191


The requirements may be changed at the time of your application. Contact VEM for more information!


Step-by-step of a subclass 191 visa application

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the visa 191 requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare documents and apply for a 191 visa.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: The DHA grants you the visa.


After your application is approved, you must live in the designated regional area for another 2 years.


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Step-by-step of a Subclass 191 visa application


The condition of staying in the designated area for at least 2 years after receiving your 191 visa grant is applicable. Contact VEM for detailed information.


The Australia 191 visa processing time

Below are the processing time of Subclass 191 visa provided by the DHA:

191 visa processing time
50% of applications are processed within: 49 days
90% of applications are processed within: 86 days

You can refer to Section 7 to know more about required documents for the visa 191 application.


The cost of a 191 visa application


Visa application charges of this visa are not available at this time.


If you want to get the latest information about the visa 191 fee, please contact VEM!


The required documents of a subclass 191 visa


Identity documents
    • Certified copy of your passport.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Proof of legal name change (if necessary).
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if married).
    • Proof of divorce (if necessary).
Evidence of income
    • No minimum income requirement.
    • Notices of assessment issued by the ATO for 3 income years out of 5 years of your eligible visa.
Work & residence documents
    • Proof of living and working in the designated area in Australia.
    • Reference letters.
    • Payslips.
Other documentsProofs that you meet health and character requirements.


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The required documents of a subclass 191 visa


VEM always supports our clients to complete visa applications. If you need more information about required documents, please contact VEM.


Frequently asked questions

How long must I live and work in the designated area when applying for visa 191?

Before applying for visa 191 (while holding a 491 visa or a 494 visa), you must live and work in a designated regional area for at least 3 years. After your 191 visa is granted, you have to live in that designated area at least 2 years.

In total, you have to live there for at least 5 years while holding both Subclass 491/494 visa and subclass 191 .

Do I have to live in a rural area all my life?

No. You must live in the designated area for 2 years, after you are free to leave.

Can I apply for visa 191 without holding a Subclass 491 or 494 visa?

Unfortunately, no. You must be holding a Subclass visa 491 or 494 before applying for the subclass 191.

What are the income requirements for visa 191?

There is no income requirement for visa 191.

Can I apply for Australian citizenship after getting subclass visa 191 granted?

Yes, provided that you meet the requirements. Contact VEM for further information.

Where should I stay when applying for visa 191?

You have to stay in Australia when applying for visa 191.


Check VEM’s website or office for subclass 191 visa updates!

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