What is a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187)?
Work and live in Australia with this permanent resident work visa. Certain foreign-national skilled workers may be eligible for a Subclass 187 visa. This visa requires the applicant to complete a skills test and be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia. Regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne. There are three streams to this visa and applicants must also meet the requirements of the stream to be eligible.
What are the benefits of a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187)?
The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa offers all the benefits of Australian permanent residence for you and your family.
The Subclass 187 visa has three general requirements for all applicants and particular requirements depending on which stream you apply under.
The general requirements are:
The Subclass 187 visa allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:
Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) streamThis stream is for workers who are currently in Australia on a temporary Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa. They must have worked for two years in the same occupation with their nominating employer who now wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation. The employer must not be subject to a labour agreement and must have lodged a valid nomination with the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.
Direct Entry streamThe Direct Entry Stream is for people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia. Temporary residents who hold a Subclass 457 visa and do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream may also apply under this stream. To be eligible, you must be applying directly from outside Australia. The Direct Entry stream allows applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Temporary Residence Transition stream to be nominated by an employer for Permanent Residence.
Step 2: Have Your Employer Lodge their Nomination
Before you can submit an application for the Subclass 187 visa your employer must lodge a nomination for you with the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA). You must apply less than six months after the nomination is approved.
Step 3: Prepare Your Documents
The Subclass 187 Visa requires you submit several documents with you application, in order to prove the claims made.
Step 4: Lodge Your Application Online
The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 187) visa requires you to apply online. When you apply, you must have all documents ready as well as the visa application fee, which can be paid by credit card.
Step 5: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application.
Step 6: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start or continue working in Australia.