Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Subclass 187 Visa

The Subclass 187 visa allows employers located in regional or low population areas in Australia to sponsor a skilled employee for a permanent visa. This visa is available for all areas of Australia with the exception of; Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast.

This visa is a permanent residence visa which means that the employee is responsible for their own welfare. The employer must pay an above award salary plus superannuation and offer the employee a 2 year contract of full time work. The employee must work for the employer for at least 2 years, after which their permanent residence becomes unconditional.

The applicant must have a suitable skill level of at least an Australian Diploma, be under 45 years of age (unless exempt) and speak English to an acceptable level. The applicant must live and work in the regional area.

There are three visa streams for this visa:

  1. Direct Entry Stream

    The applicant does not hold a 457 visa or has not worked for the sponsoring employer for two years on their 457 visa. This stream also applied to those overseas.

  2. Temporary Residence Transition Stream

    The applicant holds a Subclass 457 visa and has worked for sponsoring employer for two years.

  3. The Agreements stream

    Applicants are sponsored via labour agreement.

The Subclass 187 Visa has three stages:

  1. RCB Advice

    Employer seeks the endorsement of the position with the applicable Regional Certifying Body (RCB) if the employee is seeking entry via the Direct Entry Stream.

  2. Nomination

    Employer nominates the position that has to be filled

  3. Prospective Employee Application

    Prospective employee applies for the visa to enable them to take up the nominated position.

The RSMS visa applications are presented to the appropriate Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for approval prior to going to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).  

The company will have to disclose evidence to DIBP to show that it is financially viable and able to support the position that it intends the migrant to fill. The company must have evidence that shows that they have been unable to successfully fill this position from the local job market and that they have an extensive training program in place for the Australians employed by them.

If you do not have an employer to nominate you, it is possible to lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect.


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