The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia, to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.
A regional certifying body must first certify the nominated position against the following criteria:
In addition to the above, the department will also assess the application against the following criteria:
The Employee must:
Note: Exemption of certain requirements is available.
If you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia, your skills do not need to be assessed.
You must have at least vocational English. No Regional Certification is required for this stream.
This stream is available only to people who hold a subclass 457 visa. People who hold other 400 series visas may qualify to apply for a permanent residence visa through the Direct Entry stream.
The employees applying for a visa can be either of the following:
Visa applicants can apply in or outside of Australia for RSMS (subclass 187) visa.
Note: ONLY applicants who hold a substantive visa or relevant bridging visa when applying for the RSMS visa (subclass 187) in Australia will be eligible for a bridging visa.
This visa allows employers operating in regional and low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies in their business.