With the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa you can:
- Stay permanently in Australia;
- Work and study anywhere within Australia;
- Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence; and
- If eligible, apply for Australian citizenship.
In order for you to qualify for this visa, you must:
- hold an eligible visa;
- have lived for at least 3 years in a designated regional area;
- have had a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold for at least three years while holding your eligible visa;
- both primary and secondary applicants have complied with the conditions of the eligible visa you hold or have held.
How long you can stay with the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa?
The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) is a permanent visa. The visa lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.
The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant. If you wish to travel after this date, you must apply for a Resident Return visa. Our team can assist you with applying for a Resident Return visa.
For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day we grant the visa if you are in Australia. Our team can help you through the Australian citizenship process as well.
Are family members included with this visa?
You can include members of the family unit in your application if they hold an eligible visa. You must include each family member who is eligible to apply for this visa at the time you submit your application. You can’t add family members after you have submitted your application to the Department of Home Affairs.
Family members included in your visa application must meet the Department of Home Affairs strict health and character requirements. Family members not accompanying you to Australia may also need to meet the Department of Home Affairs health and character requirements.
Where can you apply from?
You can be inside or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply for this visa or when the visa is granted by the Department of Home Affairs.
Want more information or want to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa?
If you would like to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa or discuss your migration options, contact our team of registered migration agents and immigration lawyers today.