Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187

Australia Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187 or RSMS Visa is for the candidates who wish to work in the country. You get the privilege to live and work in the regional area of Australia without any complication.To embellish your chances of permanent residency, the candidates have to work in regional areas for up to two years. The applicants who wish to apply for Subclass 187 Visa can apply in or outside Australia and have to meet the eligibility requirements.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme RSMS Visa areas

RSMS regional areas include all the areas of:

  1. South Australia
  2. North Territory
  3. Tasmania
  4. Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  5. Western Australia – eliminating Perth
  6. Victoria- except Melbourne
  7. New South Wales (NSW) – eliminating Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong
  8. Queensland – excluding the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

Subclass 187 Visa: Three streams to apply

If you are looking to apply for this 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.

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:

  1. Continuously three years in the same designation you were nominated by an employer before the nomination is made.
  2. 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 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.

187 Visa checklist:


Candidates who are keen to come to land of opportunities on this visa, have to meet all the eligibility requirements for being eligible to apply.

  1. Be younger than 45 years of age
  2. Be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia
  3. Meet the health and character requirements.
  4. Meet the requirements of the stream you have applied for.
  5. The applicant must possess good English language skills.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme RSMS Visa Application Process

The interesting applicants 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 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. Candidates need to provide proofs that they have competent English at the time of receiving the invitation.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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

Processing Time

The 187 visa processing time 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 11 months 16 months
Direct Entry System 21 months 23 months

Cost of this visa

The cost of this visa 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 4,045 AUD 2,025 AUD 1,010

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


After the approval of this visa, you are allowed to

  1. Live in Australia indefinitely.
  2. Study in the nation.
  3. Nominate/sponsored family members who are eligible for permanent residency visa program.
  4. Get registered in Medicare.
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