191 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Check out how many points you may score for Australia under the General Skilled Migration Category, specifically for the 191 visa subclass. You need at least 65 points to be invited to apply for any of these visas by the Federal Government, but 65 points or more does not guarantee an invitation (that’s the fine print).

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, or Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa, is distinct from other General Skilled Migration visas like the 491 and 189 in its primary purpose and eligibility criteria. Unlike the 491 visa, which is a provisional visa for skilled workers in regional areas, and the 189 visa, a permanent visa for skilled independent workers, the 191 visa is exclusively for those who have already lived and worked in Australia on a 491 or 494 visa.

It offers a pathway to permanent residency after fulfilling specific regional residence and work requirements. While the 189 visa allows for direct permanent residency without a regional focus, and the 491 visa requires state nomination, the 191 visa emphasizes a commitment to Australia's regional development after an initial provisional period.

191 Visa Eligibility

      1. Previous Visa: You must have held a 491 (Skilled Work Regional - Provisional) or a 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional - Provisional) visa for at least three years.

      2. Residency: You must have lived in a designated regional area of Australia while holding the 491 or 494 visa.

      3. Income Threshold: You need to demonstrate that you have met a specific income threshold for at least three years while holding your previous visa.

      4. Compliance with Visa Conditions: You must have complied with all the conditions of your 491 or 494 visa.

      5. Application from within Australia: Generally, you should be residing in Australia when you apply for the 191 visa.

      6. Health and Character: Like other visas, you need to meet health and character requirements, which may involve health examinations and police checks.

      7. No Previous Visa Cancellation or Refusal: Having a visa previously cancelled or an application refused while in Australia could affect your eligibility.

191 Visa Benefits:

  1. Permanent Residency: It grants permanent residency in Australia, allowing you to live, work, and study in the country indefinitely.

  2. Family Inclusion: You can include your family members in the application, which allows them to also live, work, and study in Australia.

  3. Access to Healthcare: As a permanent resident, you gain access to Medicare, Australia's public healthcare system.

  4. Social Security Benefits: Eligibility for social security benefits, subject to meeting residence and waiting period requirements.

  5. Citizenship Pathway: It provides a pathway to Australian citizenship, subject to meeting the residency criteria and other requirements.

  6. Freedom to Travel: You can travel in and out of Australia for five years; after that, you can apply for a Resident Return Visa to re-enter Australia.

  7. Education Benefits: Access to various educational opportunities, including public education for children and higher education options.

  8. Sponsor Relatives: Ability to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.

  9. Regional Development Contribution: The visa acknowledges and rewards your contribution to regional Australia, promoting balanced population growth.

These benefits make the 191 visa a valuable option for those seeking long-term stability and opportunities in Australia after contributing to regional areas under provisional visas.