Subclass 115 Remaining Relative Visa

Family is important unit of our life. It is hard to leave our loved one behind.

Visa Subclass 115 Remaining Relative is the Australian citizen or Australian PR (Permanent Resident) to bring the last family member to Australia as a Permanent Resident. 

However, please take note that this is an "offshore" application. The visa applicant needs to be outside of Australia on the lodging date. Hence, there is no Bridging Visa comes with it.

Please also take note that, the waiting period is around 32 years.

Will you wait for 32 years?
Please think carefully before lodging this visa application. 32-year is a LONG LONG time.

Subclass 186 & 187; 16 Nov 2019

We do understand that there might be some confusion about the changes coming this 16 Nov 2019.

Nothing changes for visa subclass 186, Employer Nomination Scheme this coming 16 Nov 2019.

Only subclass 187; RSMS Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme that will be abolished and replaced by subclass 494; Skilled Employer Sponsored.

Those who are on Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List, you still can proceed to subclass 186 as per normal. So, no panic.

Those who have or had applied for subclass 457 before or on 18 Apr 2017 (old rules), you still apply for visa subclass 186/187 as per normal, no panic.

The government will provide some transitional arrangement for those who are on 457/482 and will transit to subclass 187 (Transitional Stream ONLY), so please be patient and wait for some legislation announcement.

Those who want to apply for visa subclass 187 RSMS, usually Direct Entry (DE) you can still do so by 15 Nov 2019, 11:59pm.

Law and legislation changes are part of the Australian migration arena. You need to be in the game to win it.

Good luck everyone.

J Migration Team, since 2008


Subclass 491; Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)


1) A new Points-tested visa to assist regional Australia, for applicants with an eligible skilled occupation, nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area. It is intended that the designated regional areas, to be identified in a

The legislative instrument will include all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

2) This visa enables eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after 3 years. Applicants for this visa must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect

Pathway to PR

Pathway to permanent residence Holders of this visa are eligible to apply for a subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa if:

• they have earned a minimum taxable income for three years as the holder of a regional provisional visa; and

• they have complied with the conditions of the regional provisional visa; particularly the requirement to live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia. Dependent children are required to study in a designated regional area in order to meet visa conditions.

The Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa will commence in November 2022.

Visa Conditions 491 Visa:

1) The visa holder to notify Immigration of any change, within 14 days of the change occurring, to the holder’s residential address, an email address of the holder, a phone number of the holder, the holder’s passport details, the address of an employer of the holder, or the address of the location of a position in which the holder is employed.

2) the visa holder is in Australia, they must live, work and study only in a designated regional area.

• If a visa holder chooses not to reside in regional Australia, this may result in cancellation of their visa.

• In addition, for a Subclass 191 visa to be granted to an applicant who held a regional provisional visa that was subject to condition 8579, the applicant must have complied with the condition.

• The amendments also limit regional provisional visas holders from being granted any permanent skilled migration visa unless they have held their regional provisional visa for at least three years.

• The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that people who apply for a regional provisional visa and thereby agree to stay in a designated regional area, rather than moving to an urban centre.

• They are free to travel throughout Australia without restriction.

Visa application fee:

The amounts are:

• the base application charge (payable by an applicant seeking to satisfy the primary criteria) is $3,755

• the additional applicant charge (payable by an applicant seeking to satisfy the secondary criteria whose application is combined with that of a primary applicant) is:

- for an applicant who is at least 18: $1,875
- for an applicant who is less than 18: $940

The table in paragraph 1241(2)(b) sets out the second instalment of the visa application charge, payable before the visa is granted. The amounts are:

• for an applicant who was at least 18 at the time of application, and is assessed as not having functional English: $4,890

Transitional arrangements for the new Skilled Work Regional visa

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa will commence on 16 November 2019. 

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa will cease at 11:59pm on 15 November 2019. 

This will affect the ability of states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 visa and for intending migrants to lodge EOIs and lodge applications for this visa in accordance with the dates below.

10 September 2019:

LAST day for states and territory governments to nominate and for invitations to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 489 visa.

LAST day for intending migrants to lodge an EOI in SkillSelect for the subclass 489 visa.

15 November 2019:
LAST day for people who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to lodge a subclass 489 visa application.

From 16 November 2019: 

Intending migrants can lodge an EOI for the subclass 491 visa. State and territory governments can nominate and invitations are able to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa. Visa applications can be lodged for the subclass 491 visa for intending migrants issued with an invitation to apply.

It is important to note that throughout this period nominations, invitations, EOIs and applications are NOT affected for the 189 or 190 visa subclasses.