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Visa subclass 191 checklist

Visa subclass 191 checklist

Introducing the Subclass 191 visa, a pathway for those with a Subclass 491 or Subclass 494 visa to achieve permanent residency in Australia. In this tailored guide, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of applying for the Subclass 191 visa. Let’s dive in!

Check your eligibility before you start your application, it’s crucial to ensure you meet these requirements:

  1. Hold an Eligible Visa: You should currently hold either a Subclass 491 or Subclass 494 visa.
  2. Residency Requirements: You need to have lived in a designated regional area of Australia for at least three years while holding the eligible visa.
  3. Compliance with Visa Conditions: Make sure you’ve followed all the conditions of your eligible visa, including obligations related to work and residency.

Preparing to apply for the Subclass 191 visa involves understanding these criteria thoroughly. Let’s explore the document checklist to make your journey to permanent residency clear and manageable.

1. Identity Documents

  • Passport Bio-pages
  • National identity card (if applicable)
  • Proof of change of name (marriage certificate, divorce documents, etc.) (if applicable)


2. Proof of Residence

  • Leases or rental agreements
  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electricity) displaying your residential address(es)
  • Title deeds to your home
  • Any other evidence of residency in a designated area


3. Proof of Work

  • Reference letters
  • Payslips
  • Employment contract paper


4. Proof of Study

  • Academic transcripts
  • Letters of completion


5. Character Documents (of all applicants)

  • Australian Police Certificate: National Police Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (valid for 12 months)
  • Overseas Police Certificates: Police certificates from every country where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since turning 16
  • Military Service Records or discharge papers if applicable


6. Relationship Documents

  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce documents
  • Death certificates (if widowed)
  • Separation documents or statutory declarations
  • If applicable, the explanation of reason for partner or dependent children not included in the application 

7. Partner Identification

  • Partner’s identity documents (e.g., passport, national identity card)
  • Recent photos of you and your partner together

8. Evidence of Genuine and Continuing Relationship:

  • Joint bank account statements
  • Billing accounts in joint names (e.g., utilities, phone bills)
  • Joint leases or mortgages
  • Documents showing joint ownership of assets
  • Affidavits or statutory declarations from friends and family supporting your relationship

9. Dependents Over 18

  • Passport Bio-pages
  • National identity card (if applicable)
  • Proof of change of name (marriage certificate, divorce documents, etc.) (if applicable)
  • Birth certificate showing parent-child relationship or adoption papers
  • Evidence of Marriages or relationships (if applicable)

10. Dependents Under 18

Birth Certificates or Family Book:

    • Copies showing the names of both parents of all dependent children

Adoption Papers (if applicable):

    • Copies of adoption documents if the child is adopted

Parental Responsibility Documents (if applicable):

    • Documents proving legal right to decide where the child lives

Consent for Migration (if applicable):

    • Form 1229 Consent form or statutory declaration from anyone with legal right, if not migrating with the child
    • Australian court order or proof of applicable laws allowing child’s migration (if applicable)

11. Notification of Assistance (if applicable):

  • Form 956A (Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient) if appointing someone to receive correspondence
  • Form 956 (Appointment of a registered migration agent, legal practitioner, or exempt person) if seeking immigration assistance.

12. Subclass 191 Visa Fees

Regional Provisional Stream

Primary Applicant $490.00
Secondary Applicant (Over 18) $245.00
Secondary Applicant (Under 18) $125.00

Hongkong (Regional) Stream

Primary Applicant $4,765.00
Secondary Applicant (Over 18) $2,380.00
Secondary Applicant (Under 18) $1,195.00

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