Skilled Regional Permanent Visa 191

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Skilled Regional (Permanent Visa) Subclass 191

The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (Subclass 191) is designed to enable provisional GSM (subclass 491) and SESR (subclass 494) visa holders who have met specific residence and work requirements to apply for a permanent visa.

To encourage settlement in Australia’s regional or low-growth metropolitan areas, visa 191 applicants must have complied with the condition that they live, work, or study in a designated regional area while holding their GSM or SESR visa.

This visa is also designed to enable Hongkonger Applicants to apply for a permanent visa.

Highlights and Key Eligibility Requirements


  • You may be in or outside Australia to lodge a valid visa application.
  • This visa allows you to work, study and live in Australia.
  • There are 2 different visa streams: Regional Provisional Visas and Hong Kong (Regional).
  • This is a Permanent Resident visa and allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely.

Key Eligibility requirements


  • You must nominate the correct visa stream.
  • You must satisfy specific Public Interest criteria and Special Return criteria.
  • You must meet all relevant health and character requirements.


  • You must hold a regional provisional visa and must have held that visa for at least 3 years.
  • You have complied with the visa conditions of your previous visas.
  • You must have had a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold (currently $53,900 AUD) for at least 3 years while holding your eligible visa.


  • You must hold a Hong Kong passport or a British National (Overseas) passport.
  • You must hold an eligible visa (this is an eligible Subclass 457, Subclass 482 or Subclass 485) and must have held that visa for at least 3 years.
  • You have complied with the visa conditions of your previous visas.
  • During the 3 years ending immediately before the date of application, you did not live, work or study in a part of Australia that was not a designated regional area. Exceptions may apply.
  • You have been usually resident in Australia for at least 3 years immediately before the date of the application.

Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list of requirements. This content is for general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such.
While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept up-to-date and correct, the currency and thus accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law.

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