Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

About This Visa

The subclass 187 visa is a permanent visa for people who have an offer of employment of at least 2 years in regional Australia.

How This Visa Works

There are 3 separate applications that must be made to achieve grant of the subclass 187 visa:

  • Regional Certification – Your employer must apply to the designated regional body for certification (approval) of the nominated position.
  • Nomination – Once regional certification is achieved, you apply to the DIBP for approval to nominate the position you want the employee to work in in your business.
  • 187 Visa Application  – There are 3 streams to apply under:
    • the Temporary Residence Transition stream – you must have worked for 2 years for your employer, no certification is required, and have IELTS 5
    • the Direct Entry stream – Certification is required and you must have IELTS 6
    • the Agreement stream. – Only available to employers / employees with Labour Agreements

Who Can Apply For This Visa Subclass?

Individuals who are applying for the RSMS visa subclass must:

  • be under the age of 50 years  at time  of application lodgment unless exceptional circumstances are established
  • meet the requirements of the stream applied for
  • apply for the visa within six months of nomination approval
  • meet the necessary health and character requirements.

Where Is Regional Australia?

The DIBP has designated the following areas as “regional Australia’ which is essentially most of Australia. The following are considered Regional areas for the purposes of RSMS sponsorship:

  • All of New South Wales except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong
  • All of Queensland except Brisbane
  • All of Victoria except Melbourne
  • All of the ACT
  • All of Tasmania
  • All of South Australia
  • All of Western Australia
  • All of the Northern Territory


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) are regularly refused for reasons such as not applying under the correct stream, not achieving approval from the RCB as individual RCB criteria were not met or exceptional circumstances were not established where age, English language or skill level were not satisfied. The benefits of applying under the RSMS subclass 187 scheme however, are significant, for example processing is prioritized by the DIBP, the range of available occupations is far wider and there is generally no skills assessment requirement or work experience requirement under the direct entry scheme.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) also has strict criteria which all must be met.  It is essential that both the individual and the visa application are assessed, structured and lodged in a way to satisfy all applicable DIBP law and policy. ARMEES has years of experience handling the most complex cases and achieving positive outcomes in circumstances where the applicant would have failed if we were not involved.

What to do next and how to apply?

Getting the right advice upfront is essential so contact for a free no obligation discussion with one of our advisors who are ready and waiting to assist you applying for your visa.

We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice to make your stay in Australia hassle-free.