Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

Features

This visa subclass is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who desire to work in regional Australia. It permits you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • --The Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • --The Direct Entry stream
  • --The Agreement stream.

Requirements

The applicant might be able to attain this visa if:

  • --The applicant have been nominated by an standard Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • --The applicant is younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
  • --The applicant meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, if not you are exempt
  • --The applicants apply under the stream for which you were nominated.

About visa

This visa subclass is for skilled workers who desire to work in regional Australia. This visa subclass involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an accepted Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is an element of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

The visa category is a permanent resident visa. The applicant can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa category. If you are in Australia, the applicant must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:

  • --The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have already worked for two years, while having a subclass 457 visa, in the similar occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a applicable nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who needs to provide them a permanent position in that occupation.
  • --The Direct Entry stream is for:
  • --The applicants who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
  • --The applicants who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
  • --Temporary residents who do not meet the requirements for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
  • --The Agreement stream is created for the people who are nominated by an employer through a labor agreement.

Before you apply

The applicant can apply for this visa subclass only after you have been nominated by an employer in regional Australia – this defines an area that is not in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

Expression of interest

If the applicant does not have an employer who will nominate you for this visa category, the applicant can propose an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skill Select. Potential employers and state and territory governments can then view the applicant’s details and make a decision whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

The applicant’s EOI must specify which stream you want to be considered for. No supporting documents are required at this time. You can lodge your EOI while you are in or outside Australia.

Your passport

The applicant wants an applicable passport or other travel document for this visa. If the applicant wishes to get a new passport, it should be done before you applying for your visa.

Second installment of the visa application

The applicant will need to pay the second installment of the visa application charge if the applicant has less than functional English and you are a secondary candidate over 18 years of age or you are a primary candidate who was exempt from the English language necessity on the basis of high income.

The second payment of the visa application charge must be paid before a visa can be granted. The fee covers up to three years of English language instruction in the course of the Adult Migrant English Program.

The applicant will not require paying the second payment of the visa application charge if the applicant were nominated as a minister of religion who does not have functional English, or you are a member of his or her family

Evidence of functional English provide information how you can show your language aptitude.

Other costs

The applicant might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. The applicant is accountable for making the essential preparations.

Visa applicant

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).

The applicant can apply for this visa only after he/she have been selected by your employer in Australia. The applicant must lodge the application within six months of the nomination being accepted. The applicant must apply for the visa in the stream in which your employer nominated you or your visa application could be rejected.

Who could get this visa?

The applicant might be capable to get this visa if:

  • --You have been nominated by an standard Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply for this visa catergory.
  • --You are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgment, if not you are exempt
  • --at time of application lodgment, You have the necessary skills and qualifications for the position you have been selected for –the applicant must hold any obligatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as appropriate by the applicable body
  • --at time of application lodgment, You have suitable English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream if not you are exempt
  • --You should meet health and character necessities
  • --You should meet the necessities of the stream in which you apply.

Age requirements

If the applicant is older than 50 years of age, he/she can still apply for this visa if:

  • --You are selected as a senior academic by a university in Australia
  • --You are selected as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency
  • --You are selected as a minister of religion by a religious institution
  • --You are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) who has been employing for your nominating employer as the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa for at least four years promptly before applying, and the selected position is located in regional Australia
  • --You are a medical practitioner who has been employing for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a Subclass 457 visa category for two years of the four years immediately before applying, and the chosen position is in regional Australia
  • --You are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealand citizen's family member) visa category and you have been employing for the employer who chosen you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before applying
  • --You are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and the applicant have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years promptly before applying and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.
  • --You are applying through the Agreement stream and the related labor agreement permits for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

English language requirements

The applicant can show that your English is sufficient by providing the following proof at the time of application:

  • --Achieving the necessary International English Language Test Score (IELTS) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream you are applying for in a test that has been accomplished within three years immediately before lodgment of your application
  • --Scoring at least 'B' in each part of the Occupational English Test (OET) either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream in a test that has been accomplished within three years immediately before lodgment of your application lodgment
  • --Holding a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand.

The applicant might not need to show sufficient English skills if:

  • --You are to be work in a religious institution and you were designated as a minister of religion
  • --You have chosen earnings at least equal to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax (currently AUD180 001), however if the applicant is not able to show that you have functional English, you will be necessary to pay the second payment of the visa application charge.
  • --You are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:
  • --have finished at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution
  • --All of the tuition was conducted in English.

Health requirements

The applicant must meet certain health necessities. The outcome of your health examinations is generally applicable for 12 months. This applies to all dependent relatives included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

Character requirements

The applicant must meet certain character necessities. You must be arranged to give a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

This also applies to all dependent relatives in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

The applicant might be qualified to obtain this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if:

  • --The applicant is the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you fulfilled the primary criteria for that visa.
  • At the time the applicant makes your application, you must give proof with your online application that:

  • --The applicant have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which you can reveal if you:
  • --have a score of at least 5 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been accomplished within three years promptly before lodgment of your application, or
  • --have a score of at least 'B' in each of the four components of an Occupational English Test (OET) in a test that has been accomplished within three years promptly prior to the date of lodgment of your application that is related to your occupation, or
  • --hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, or
  • --have finished at least five years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was conducted in English
  • --The applicant have worked for two years in the position your employer nominated you for while you held your Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa category as the visa holder who fulfilled the primary criteria
  • --The applicant’s employer has designated you for a permanent position under this stream and the nomination has been accepted
  • --The applicant meets the necessities for health and character.

The applicant’s skills do not require to be assessed because you have already employed for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.

Direct Entry stream

The applicant might be capable to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

  • --have been designated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been accepted
  • --you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
  • --you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not meet the criteria for the Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • --The applicant is applying directly from outside Australia.

At time of application lodgment, the applicant must give proof with your online application that you:

  • --have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement), which the applicant can reveal if you:
  • --have a score of at least 6 for each of the four test IELTS components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been accomplished within three years immediately before lodgment of your application, or
  • --have a score of at least 'B' in each of the four components of an Occupation English Test (OET) in a test that has been accomplished within three years immediately before lodgment of your application that is related to your occupation, or
  • --hold a applicable passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
  • --Meet the skills necessities, if not you are exempt. Please note that if you need a skills assessment, some skills assessments are provided for the purpose of a Subclass 485 visa. Skills assessments which have been attained for the purposes of a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant's work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not suitable to show skills under the RSMS programme. The skills necessities are:
  • --If your occupation is scheduled on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have not attained an essential Australian qualification appropriate to your occupation, then you must get a legitimate skills assessment prior to your application. Skills assessments gained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only applicable until the expiry date defined on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.
  • --If the applicant’s occupation is scheduled on the related legislative instrument, and the applicant have gained a obligatory Australian qualification appropriate to your occupation, then you must give this as proof towards meeting the skills assessment criteria
  • --if the applicant’s occupation is not on the related legislative instrument, the applicant must show that you have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as required to perform the tasks of your occupation.

The applicant might not have to achieve the skill assessment and qualification requirements if:

  • --The applicant have designated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)
  • --The applicant is in Australia as the holder of a Special group visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have employed with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of voluntary leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

Agreement stream

The applicant might be capable to obtain this visa under the Agreement stream if the applicant is being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labor agreement.

The applicant must meet the age, skills and English language necessities declared in the agreement.

Including family in your application

The applicant can include the following people in your visa application:

  • --The applicant’s partner (married or de facto)
  • --The applicant’s or your partner’s dependent children
  • --Other dependent relatives.

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