Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187)

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of two streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream.
  • Direct Entry stream.

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by your employer in Australia. You must lodge your application within six months of the nomination being approved. You must apply for the visa in the stream and occupation in which your employer nominated you, or your application could be refused.

Elegibility Criteria

You must:

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia;
  • be under 45 years of age;
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements;
  • meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

This Australian employment visa allows you to work in Australia under one of two entry streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • The Direct Entry stream

Each entry stream has different criteria:

The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream: This stream may be available if your employer wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence.

You may be eligible under this stream if you are the holder of a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) or a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) (not granted under labour agreement arrangements) or a related associated Bridging visa and you have worked for your employer for at least:

  • three out of the previous four years (before the nomination is made) in the same position that they have nominated you for or
  • two out of the previous three years before the nomination is made, if transitional arrangements apply because you either held, or were an applicant for, a subclass 457 visa (which was subsequently granted) on 18 April 2017.

Direct Entry (DE) stream: If you do not meet the requirements under the TRT stream (for example, because you have never, or only briefly worked in Australia), this stream may then be available if your employer still wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence.

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