RSMS Agent – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187 visa)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS – 187 visa) is designed to respond to the needs of Australian employers. The sponsoring business must be located in any area of Australia outside Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Melbourne. Employers can recruit and nominate skilled people to fill positions that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market or through their own staff training.

The Department of Immigration is responsible for all decisions made on visa applications. Immigration Downunder is a private entity comprised of highly experienced MARA registered migration consultants.  Immigration Downunder is not affiliated with the Department of Immigration and provides fee-based services to assist and represent our clients through the complex visa application process.  We act independently of the Australian Government and in the best interest of our clients.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS – 187 visa) is similar to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS – 186 visa) but is designed to benefit employers in regional and low population growth areas of Australia.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS – 187 visa) may be applied for inside or outside Australia and all applicants must meet health and character criteria. Certain work visa applicants will also need to meet the English language requirement.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS – 187 visa) has three steams under which an applicant can apply:

a. The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for applicants who have held a subclass 457 visa and worked for the sponsoring employer for at least 2 years;

b. The Direct Entry stream is for applicants who have not held a subclass 457 visa for 2 years;

c. The Agreement stream is for applicants whose employers wish to sponsor them through a Labour Agreement or Regional Migration Agreement.

Employer Eligibility

  1. Lawfully and actively operating business operating in Australia for at least 6 months.
  2. Be located in a regional area under the Regional Certifying Body’s jurisdiction.
  3. Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill the position.
  4. Direct employer of the employee.
  5. Good business record and abide by immigration laws.
  6. Have a current training strategy for existing Australian employees if applying through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.

Am I eligible for an RSMS visa via the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream?

  1. I am the holder of a subclass 457 visa.
  2. I have been employed full-time (35h/wk) on my subclass 457 visa for at least 2 of the 3 years immediately before I make my application.
  3. I have not turned 50 years of age.
  4. I have a Vocational level of English.
  5. I meet the health and character requirements.
  6. I have been offered a 2 year contract.
  7. I am being offered the Market Salary rate for my nominated occupation.
  8. My employer can demonstrate that they have met the training requirements under my subclass 457 visa sponsorship.

Am I eligible for an RSMS visa via the Direct Entry stream?

  1. I have a nominated occupation from ANZSCO occupations – Skill Level 1-3.
  2. I am either inside or outside Australia.
  3. I have not turned 50 years of age.
  4. I have a Competent level of English.
  5. I hold either of the following qualifications 
    1. - ANZSCO occupations – Skill Level 1-2: I hold the relevant qualifications as listed by ANZSCO;
      - ANZSCO occupations – Skill Level 3: I hold an Australian qualification OR I must have a positive skills assessment for my nominated skilled occupation assessment.
  6. I meet the health and character requirements.
  7. I have been offered a 2 year contract.
  8. I am being offered the Market Salary rate for my nominated occupation.

Am I eligible for an RSMS visa via the Agreement stream?

Labour Agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Commonwealth which allows for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers.

A Regional Migration Agreement is an agreement between the Australian Government and a state or territory government, local council, or another local stakeholder. The program will facilitate increased labour flows to regional areas experiencing acute labour shortages, in particular, regions that are isolated from large populations and do not have Australian skills and labour available.

Regional Migration Agreements will specify the occupations, numbers and visa requirements for the sponsorship of workers from outside Australia to certain regional locations.

  1. I meet the age, English, skills, experience and any other requirements as stated in the Labour Agreement or Regional Migration Agreement.
  2. I am either inside or outside Australia.
  3. I meet the health and character requirements.
 

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