Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 187 Visa

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 187 Visa

This visa is established for skilled workers who have been fortunate enough to work for an employer who is willing to sponsor them to work and live in Australia.

If you are seeking permanent residency and would like to work in a Regional area you could consider a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 Visa. Australia is a huge country and has a great need for skilled workers in its regional areas.

You might be concerned that the term regional area only means very remote areas, but its worth noting that the whole of WA including Perth is considered a Regional area by DIBP ! so you can still work in one of the great cities of the world under this visa type.

One of the great things to note about this visa, and what constitutes the main difference between the 187 visa and the 186 visa, is that not all occupations need to have their skills formally assessed which saves time, money and a lot of stress.

It may also be considered to be somewhat more attractive as a visa pathway as there are no Government charges for the nomination review.
The visa has three streams:

1. Temporary Residence Transition Stream: Is for 457 visa holders who have worked in Australia for two years (while holding a 457 visa)

2. Direct Entry Stream: Is for people who have worked for less than 2 years in Australia but have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

3. Agreement stream: For people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

You can either be in or outside of Australia when you apply for the 187 visa. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.
Depending on the stream which applies to you, there are two or three stages in applying for a subclass 187 visa

This has been a brief overview, if you would like to learn more about the 3 streams and the RSMS 187 visa and the criteria that DIBP will examine please feel free to download our Skilled Visas information pack or give our friendly team a call on 1300 94 23 94 or email on

We have access to the DIBP ‘Policy Advice Manual’ (PAM’s) which instructs case officers how to interpret the Australian Migration Policy. By using 888 to help with your visa rather than going solo, you will be at an immediate advantage by drawing on our deep experience and understanding exactly how DIBP will view your particular circumstances.

If you would like help with your visa application or more information once again give our friendly team a call on 1300 94 23 94 or email on

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