187 Visa RSMS Regional Sponsorship Migration Scheme

The 187 visa allows employers to sponsor or assist employees on a 457 visa a pathway to progress to permanent residence while remaining in Australia.

There are 3 eligibility pathways for the 186 visa:-

  • Direct Entry Stream - For applicants who do not hold a 457 visa
  • Transitional Residence Stream - For applicants who have worked for their employer for 2 years while holding a 457 visa
  • Agreement Stream - for persons who will work for an employer who has a labour agreement (this is relatively uncommon - but please contact us for further details)

The key requirements for this visa which you must meet at the time the application is lodged are as follows:-

  • your employer must be prepared to nominate you for permanent residence and meet the nomination requirements.
  • The Regional Certifying Body (RCB) must assess the nomination
  • your occupation must be at a certain skill level (ANZSCO 1 - 3)

Other eligibility requirements:-

Transition Stream - You must have worked in a full-time position in Australia in the occupation (mentioned above) on a Subclass 457 visa, for your employer, for the last two years prior to the visa application being made OR

Direct Entry Stream- Trades Occupations must have a skills assessment as suitable by the appropriate skills assessing authority. Other occupations must have the qualifications and skills relevant to the occupation.

  • Show that you have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the position.
  • If you need to be licensed or registered, then you must already be so (e.g. registered nurse, electrician etc.)
  • Be under 50 years of age (unless you meet the exemptions).
  • Provide a contract confirming your remuneration, position, employment terms etc. This must meet market salary requirements.
  • Have Competent English language ability (i.e. IELTS of at least 6.0 in each band) (5.0 in each band if using the Transition Stream)
  • You will also need to meet the health and character requirements for a permanent visa.

Contact our Australian Migration agent to make an appointment to meet in our offices to discuss your 187 visa eligibility:

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