Subclass 191 / 887: Skilled Regional Visa
Subclass 191 is a permanent skilled regional visa which is available to holders of the Subclass 491 and 494 visas. It is scheduled to be in effect as of 16 November 2022 when the first cohort of the holders of the provisional visa subclasses become eligible for permanent residence. Upon its introduction it will allow 494 and 491 visa holders to transition to permanent residency, permitting them to live work and study in Australia on a permanent basis.
All information below is based on current indications on the operation of the Subclass 191 program. Whilst legislation relating to this visa have been introduced, it is possible for amendments to occur prior to when said provisions become operative. All criteria for the skilled regional permanent visa outlined below is based on current legislation which deals with this visa subclass.
If you are only commencing your permanent residency journey, it is best to consider the Subclass 491 and 494 visas first. If you are currently a holder of the aforementioned provisional visas, it is important to continually monitor updates on the Subclass 191 visa and ensure you maintain strict compliance with the conditions of your current provisional visa.
If you are currently a holder of the discontinued 489 visa, you cannot qualify under Subclass 191. For more information about your transition options please read the below section on the visa, 887 skilled regional.
Why Go Regional?
For many applicants, the prospect of regional migration is generally regarded as a last resort. Depending on your circumstances, regional migration may offer more advantages than simply concessional criteria for permanent residency. Regional Australia offers a quieter, laid back lifestyle and unique business and employment opportunities.
Contrary to popular believe, regional Australia does not necessarily mean life in the middle of nowhere. Even certain state capitals may be designated as regional under legislation. It is thus always a wise option to consider regional visas when planning your migration pathway.
- Have held a Subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years;
- Have complied with the conditions of your previous visa, such as living and working in a specified regional area; and
- All family members secondary applicants have complied with the condition of their previous visa;
- Meet a minimum income threshold for the last 3 years whilst on a Subclass 491 or 494 visa
- Base application charge: $385
- Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $195
- Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $100
- Have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years;
- Live and stay in Australia in a designated area for at least 3 years; and
- Have a taxable income above a proscribed threshold.
The following table specifies all designated regional areas, including major regional city centers.
As you and your family members will likely be committed to living in your chosen proscribed ares for up to 3 years, it is imperative to choose wisely. If possible, one must consider the lifestyle, climate and location of said regional area and ensure that one is prepared to remain in said location for the proscribed period. Regional living may not be for everyone, however much like the visa subclass 887, the object of the 191 visa is to encourage settlement in low-population-growth areas.
Applicable Public Interest Criteria
Applicable Special Return Criteria
First installment payable at the time of application:
- Base application charge: $3,955
- Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $1,980
- Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $990
- Second instalment payable prior to visa grant:Applicants aged 18 and over who do not demonstrate functional English: $4,890
As additional costs are incurred for additional applicants lacking evidence of minimum English language proficiency. As such, you may
Predecessor to Subclass 191: Subclass 887
The subclass 887 visa is a permanent residence pathway restricted to current Subclass 489 visa holders who have been living in a specified regional area. As subclass 489 visas are no longer issued, subclass 887 visas are merely in a transitory phase, having been superseded by the subclass 191 visas. As it is exceedingly unlikely that there should be any future 887 visa update, people looking to pursue a permanent visa application are better served exploring the new 494, 491 and 191 regional visa options. If you are looking to transition from your current 489 visa to a visa subclass 887, it is best to obtain assistance to maximize the prospects of success.
For those with pending applications, the current skilled regional 887 visa processing time is between 16 to 20 months with the old 489 visa processing time totaling approximately 19 to 24 months.
To qualify for the subclass 887 visa, the applicant must have:
- Lived and stay in Australia in a designated area for at least 2 years on a Subclass 489 visa;
- Worked full time in a regional area for at least 1 year;
- Have complied with all conditions of your 489 visa.