The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skillful workers who aspire to work in regional Australia. The visa allows eligible Australian employers to sponsor suitably qualified overseas workers to live and work permanently in local areas of Australia.

This visa involves a three-step process. Firstly, approval from Regional Certifying Body (RCB), secondly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then finally visa application under the nominated stream. If the visa application is done after receiving an approved nomination, the visa should be done within six months of the nomination being approved.

The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can reside in Australia or outside of the country when lodging visa application. It enables one to work in Australia under one of these three streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • The Direct Entry stream
  • The Labor Agreement stream.




The requirements discussed above may not be the only prerequisites for processing your visa. Australian Immigration Services regularly change their visa rules. We know that applying for this visa can be an extremely difficult task for most people without proper assistance and guidelines. To make things easier, we have an excellent team of Migration Consultants who will discuss the entire visa process with you. Please make the best use of our one-on-one visa consultation. Please visit your nearest onshore office at Sydney.