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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 is a permanent visa for skilled workers who want to work and receive a job offer in a regional area of Australia.

The position needs to be approved by a Regional Certifying Body, but otherwise, the skill level criteria are lower than for an ENS visa. The resulting RSMS visa is subject to cancellation if the employee leaves employment within two years of obtaining the visa.

New applications under Subclass 187 visa scheme will be closed from 16th November 2019, unless transitional provisions apply.  

187 Visa Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

187 Visa Pathways

There are three possible application pathways for an RSMS visa:

  1. Temporary Residence Transition: where applicants have worked with the employer on a 457 visa for the last 2 years. In this case, no RCB certification is required.
  2. Direct Entry Stream: the position will need to be certified by an RCB, and the employee will need English level equivalent to IELTS
    Applicants in trade occupations may require a formal skills assessment.
  3. Agreement Stream: where the employer has a Labour Agreement

RSMS application stages

There are in general three stages to an RSMS application:

  1. RCB Certification: the Regional Certifying Body will ensure that the position is genuine and in many cases require that the position has been advertised
  2. Nomination: review of the business and position by the Department of Immigration
  3. Visa application: there are three pathways, and generally the skill level is lower than for the ENS program. Applicants must be aged under 50, unless exceptional circumstances apply

RSMS Regional Areas

In order to be granted an RSMS visa, the employee must be offered a position in a ‘regional area’. The regional areas are specified by postcode by the Department of Immigration.
The following are considered Regional areas for the purposes of RSMS sponsorship:
The whole of Western Australia The whole of South Australia The whole of Tasmania The whole of ACT The whole of Northern Territory New South Wales (NSW) – all areas excluding: Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong Victoria – all areas excluding Melbourne Queensland- all areas excluding Brisbane

What you and your family can do after receiving 187 Visa approval

It lets you and your family members who have also have being granted this visa to:

Considerations about RSMS 187 Visa

The requirements for RSMS are more straightforward than ENS in a number of important ways:

The main difficulties employers face when obtaining RSMS visas are as follows:

187 Visa to Citizenship

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship. Find out more about Australian citizenship.

187 Visa Success Story

TJ & Family

It was tough at the beginning studying, working and keeping my wife happy! I worked as a car wash attendant, kitchen hand as a farm hand picking strawberries (I can no longer eat strawberries), working in a laundry until finally in 2012 I found a job working in my trade as a Cook for a catering business in Emerald  Regional Area.

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