191 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Explore your potential points tally for the Australian General Skilled Migration Category, focusing on the subclass 191 visa. A minimum of 65 points is required to qualify for an invitation from the Federal Government to apply for these visas, yet securing 65 points or above does not ensure you'll receive an invitation (that's the caveat to note).

191 Visa - Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)

Feature 491 Visa 189 Visa 191 Visa
Visa Type Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Skilled Independent Visa Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)
Primary Purpose Regional skilled work Independent skilled work Permanent residency for skilled workers
Validity Period 5 years Permanent Permanent
Pathway to Permanent Residency Yes, can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years N/A (Already permanent) N/A (Already permanent)
State Nomination Requirement Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory No, independent visa Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory
Work and Residency Requirement Must live, work, or study in regional area No specific residency requirement Must have lived in regional Australia for at least 3 years while holding a 491 or 494 visa

How does the 191 visa differ from other General Skilled Migration visa types like 189 and 491?

The 191 visa, known as the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa, differs from other visas in the General Skilled Migration program such as the 491 and 189, in terms of its intent and qualifying conditions. In contrast to the 491 visa, which is a temporary visa for skilled workers in regional areas, and the 189 visa, which is a permanent visa for skilled independent workers, the 191 visa is designed specifically for individuals who have already spent time living and working in Australia under a 491 or 494 visa.

This visa provides a route to permanent residency but only after meeting certain requirements regarding residence and employment in regional areas. While the 189 visa grants immediate permanent residency without a regional stipulation, and the 491 visa involves state nomination, the 191 visa focuses on the individual's contribution to regional Australia following a provisional residency period.

191 Visa Eligibility

  1. Previous Visa: You are required to have maintained either a 491 (Skilled Work Regional - Provisional) or a 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional - Provisional) visa for a minimum of three years.
  2. Residency: It's necessary to have resided in a specified regional area in Australia during the time you held a 491 or 494 visa.
  3. Income Threshold: You must show that you have achieved a certain income level for at least three years under your previous visa.
  4. Compliance with Visa Conditions: All conditions attached to your 491 or 494 visa must have been met.
  5. Application from within Australia: You are typically expected to be in Australia when you submit your application for the 191 visa.
  6. Health and Character: As with other visas, you are required to satisfy health and character criteria, which could include undergoing health checks and obtaining police certificates.
  7. No Previous Visa Cancellation or Refusal: Your eligibility may be impacted if you have ever had a visa cancelled or an application refused while in Australia.

191 Visa Benefits:

  1. Permanent Residency: This status permits indefinite living, working, and studying in Australia.
  2. Family Inclusion: Your application can cover family members, enabling them to live, work, and study in Australia as well.
  3. Access to Healthcare: Permanent residency provides entitlement to Medicare, the public healthcare system of Australia.
  4. Social Security Benefits: You may become eligible for social security benefits, provided residence and waiting periods are met.
  5. Citizenship Pathway: The visa leads to a potential Australian citizenship, assuming residency and other criteria are fulfilled.
  6. Freedom to Travel: The visa allows for travel to and from Australia for a five-year period; thereafter, a Resident Return Visa is required for re-entry.
  7. Education Benefits: You gain access to a range of educational opportunities, including public education for children and tertiary education.
  8. Sponsor Relatives: You have the capacity to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  9. Regional Development Contribution: The visa recognizes and values your contribution to regional Australia, aiding in balanced demographic growth.

These advantages position the 191 visa as a significant pathway for those who aim for lasting security and prospects in Australia, following a period of contribution to its regional areas under provisional visas.