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  Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Subclass 187

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa is a permanent residency program for the potential candidates who want to immigrate to Australia.Candidates are allowed to live and work in Regional areas of Australia under  Australian Immigration program. Candidates who work in the Regional area of Australia for two years have higher chances of getting Permanent residency. Applicants can apply for this visa program in or outside Australia.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa areas

RSMS regional areas include all the areas of:

  • South Australia
  • North Territory
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  • Western Australia – excluding Perth
  • Victoria- excluding Melbourne
  • New South Wales (NSW) – excluding Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong
  • Queensland – excluding the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa: Three streams to apply

If you are looking to apply for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa, you have to apply under one of the below-given streams.

1) The Temporary Residence Transition Stream:

Candidates who are sponsored/nominated by their employer for permanent residency can apply under this stream for RSMS Visa Subclass 187.

If you already are the holder of Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (subclass 482) or Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) (not granted under labor agreement arrangements) or related associated Bridging visa then you might be eligible to apply under this visa.  

You must have worked with your employer for:

  • Continuously three years in the same designation you were nominated by an employer before the nomination is made.
  • Continuously two years in the same position you were being nominated by the employer, while you are a holder of Subclass 457.  \

2) The Direct Entry Stream:

Candidates can apply under this stream if candidates don’t get qualify under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream. This stream is for candidates who have never worked or were into in Australia.

3) The Agreement stream:

Potential candidates who are holders of subclass 457 visa and get nominated or sponsored under Labor Agreement by an approved employer can apply under this stream.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Requirements

Candidates need to look below-given requirements before applying for this visa. If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you might be able to apply for this. Candidates must –

  • Be younger than 45 years of age
  • Be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia
  • Meet the health and character requirements.
  • Meet the requirements of the stream you have applied for.
  • Acquire suitable English language proficiency under Temporary Residence Transition Stream and Direct entry stream.

Related: Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Application Process:

Candidates applying under Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa have to provide all the required documents mentioned in Subclass 187 visa checklist to support the statements made in the visa application. Candidates can check the below-mentioned 187 visa checklist:

  1. If the documents are not available in English language, candidates must submit translated English documents by accessing authority.
  2. Candidates must submit latest passport biographical pages or any travel documents.
  3. A positive skills assessment for the nominated occupation must be submitted.
  4. Candidates need to provide proofs that they have competent English at the time of receiving the invitation.
  5. The family members who are added in the visa application and are more than 18 years of age have to submit the proofs of Functional English proofs.
  6. Candidate and the added family members must meet the health requirements. Candidates have to qualify health exam. The health exam lasts up to 12 months.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Condition:

Applicants have to work for two years in the Regional Australia with the sponsoring employer.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS ) Visa Processing Time

The processing time of RSMS Visa Subclass 187 may vary if candidates have submitted a complete application with required documents or to include additional information and much more.


Stream 75% of applications processed in 90% of application processed in
Temporary residence transition stream 9 months 11 months
Direct Entry System 17 months 19 months


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Application Cost

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Subclass 187 cost changes with time. Cost is decided when Immigration Authorities receive the visa application.You have to pay the modified charges if there is any prize rise in between the filing date and the date on which Immigration authorities receive the application.

Stream Base application charge Additional applicant charge (18 & above) Additional applicant charge (less than 18 years)
RSMS 187 visa AUD 3670 AUD 3670 AUD 920


Applicant has to pay other costs – health assessment costs, police clearance costs, and other documents costs.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS ) Visa Benefits

Once this visa is approved, you are allowed to

  • Live in Australia indefinitely.
  • Study in Australia
  • Nominate/sponsored family members who are eligible for permanent residency.
  • Get registered in Medicare

For the latest news and updates on immigration:

For availing information regarding for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS ) Visa Subclass 187, Call the corporate hotline 011-48414141/Email your queries on info@makevisas.com   or Visit our Official Website.

Related links:

Study Visa Program Skilled Migration Visa Program
Business Visa Program ACT Occupation List
Northern Territory Occupation List Child Visa- Subclass 101
Partner Visa- Subclass 820 Prospective Marriage Visa- Subclass 300


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