Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa
The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) is available to applicants who have lived and worked in designated regional areas of Australia for at least three years, earning a minimum taxable income.
Please note that applications only open in 2022 as both visas eligible for regional permanent residency open in November 2019.
What are you allowed to do on the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)?
The Skilled Regional visa is a permanent residency visa. As such, you and your family are allowed to do the following:
- Stay in Australia indefinitely.
- Work and study.
- Enroll in Medicare.
- Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
- Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
- Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted.
You must be in Australia and meet the 'lived and worked in' requirements to apply for a subclass 191 visa. You must also already hold one of the following visas:
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491).
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).
The normal health and good character requirements also apply.
The first point to note is that only licensed immigration agents or those exempt can give you advice that is backed up by the Migration Agents Authority.
A word of caution: Beware of agents based outside of Australia with DIBP numbers. These numbers may look official but are only issued for administrative purposes. DIBP numbers are not a sign that an agent is qualified or licensed by MARA.
Take the first step towards Australian permanent residency by finding out if you meet all the criteria for a Skilled Regional visa.
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