Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme - 187 Visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) helps Australian businesses in regional area of Australia to sponsor overseas skilled workers to live and work permanently in regional areas of Australia.

RSMS visa enjoys great concession than ENS visa however the RSMS visa is subject to cancellation if the employee does not remain in the regional area or working for the employer for a minimum of 2 year

RSMS visa has 2 streams:

The Employer

  • must be actively operating in Regional Australia located outside the major metropolitan centres of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Melbourne. However ALL of Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania are considered regional.
  • provide a job offer for at least 2 years
  • the position is being remunerated at a market rate level with the legal award as minimum
  • arranges certification by the relevant Regional Certifying Body

The Regional Certifying Bodies

  • must certify that the position is in high demand in the regional area, each RCB has their own rules and charges for processing this part of the application which usually take 1 to 2 months

The Employee

  • has an occupation listed in ANZSCO 1-3 major groups
  • be younger than 50 years of age
  • has Competent English language ability
  • has comparable Australian qualification and/or experience 
  • undergo formal skills assessment for certain trade occupations

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

If you hold a 457 visa and has worked for your employer for 2 years in the nominated occupation, then:

  • your skills do not need to be assessed 
  • no regional certification required 
  • has Vocational English language ability

The benefit of this visa is that it will allow you and any dependent family members’ permanent residency in Australia. 

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