187 Visa

Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme RSMS (Subclass 187)

The 187 visa is a permanent visa for skilled foreign workers who have a nominating employer in a regional or low population growth area of Australia

In November 2019, the Direct Entry Stream of the 187 Visa was replaced by the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) – Subclass 494 Visa

APPLICANTS CAN STILL APPLY FOR THE 187 VISA THROUGH THE TRANSITION STREAM

The 187 Visa (RSMS) previously had two streams:

DIRECT ENTRY STREAM: This Stream is no longer accepting application (From 15th November 2019)

TRANSITIONAL STREAM: For 457 or 482 TSS Visa holders who have worked for their nominating employer for a minimum of two or three years.

Applicants must agree to remain employed with their nominating employer in regional Australia for a minimum of 2 years after their 187 visa approval.

This permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Stream (RSMS) Subclass 187 Visa allows skilled overseas workers to live and work in a regional area of Australia.

187 Visa holders can:
• work in Australia indefinitely
• study in Australia
• travel to and from Australia for 5 years
• apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Applying for a 187 Visa (Transition Stream TRT)
You may be eligible to apply for a 187 (RSMS) permanent visa if you meet the below requirements:

• You have been working for your employer for 2 or 3 years, while holding a 457 or 482 visa
• you have an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupations list
• your employer is located in a regional area of Australia
• have at least competent English or acceptable school English certificates

The 187 visa allows you to

• stay in Australia permanently
• work and study in Australia
• enrol in Medicare (Australia’s public healthcare system)
• sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
• travel to and from Australia for 5 years
• Apply for Australian Citizenship (If eligible)

Include your family
187 visa holders may be able to include the below family members to their application

• partner
• dependent child
• partner’s dependent child

Family members must meet the health and character requirements.

If you already hold a permanent 187 (RSMS) Visa and you would like to bring your family to Australia, you will need to apply for one of the family visas.

Employer Nomination
Applicants must be nominated for by an Australian employer before applying for this visa and must apply within 6 months of the nomination being approved if the applications aren’t lodged together.

The visa cannot be granted if:

• the nomination is withdrawn, or
• the position is no longer available

Length of stay
This is a permanent visa, however, the 187 visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

After this time, applicants can apply for one of the below:

• Australian Citizenship
• Resident Return Visa

Speak to one of our registered migration agents to find out whether you may be eligible to apply for the 187 Visa.

You may be eligible to apply for a 187 (RSMS) permanent visa

You may be able to apply for a Subclass 187 Visa through the direct entry stream if you meet the following requirements:

WORK EXPERIENCE
You must have been working for your employer for at least 2 or 3 years, while holding a 457 Visa or 482 TSS Visa

ENGLISH
You must provide evidence of competent English which can be evidenced by one of the below:

• A valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.
or
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6 in each component
• OET – Minimum score of B in each component
• TOEFL iBT – Minimum scores of 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
• PTE – Minimum score of 50 in each component
or
• 5 years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution where all tuition was delivered in English. (Certificate IV Diploma qualifications obtained as part of vocational education and training (VET) courses are no longer acceptable)
Don’t meet this requirement? Click here to increase your English score

AGE
You are under 45 years of age
or

you may be older than 45 years if you are exempt. See 186 & 187 Visa age exemptions

HEALTH & CHARACTER
Meet the health, character and age requirements (Unless you are exempt)

NOMINATION
You must be nominated by an Australian employer and apply for the 187 visa within 6 months of the nomination being approved (If the visa and nomination applications were not lodged at the same time)

The visa will not be granted if the nomination is withdrawn. The Department does not link new nominations to existing visa applications.

Include your family

187 visa holders may be able to include the below family members to their application

-> Dependent children/step-children
-> Partner’s dependent child or children
-> Partner

PARTNERS
Your married or de facto partner can be the same or opposite sex. Applicants must prove:
• the relationship is genuine and continuing
• you live together, or do not live separately on a permanent basis.
• your partner is at least 18 years of age when the application is lodged (there are some exceptions)
• you are not related by family (if you are in a de facto relationship)
• you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others

CHILDREN
To be eligible to be included or added to a 186 visa, a child must:
• be your child or a stepchild from a current or a previous relationship (in certain circumstances);
• not be married, engaged to be married, or have a de facto partner; and must be:
• under 18 years of age
or
• over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and be dependent on you or your partner
or
• over 23 years of age and be unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and be dependent on you or your partner (Note: The child will still need to meet Australia’s health requirement)
or
• a dependent child of a child who is eligible under 1, 2 or 3 above.

ENGLISH
Applicants over 18 must demonstrate Functional English. However, you can choose to pay an additional application fee to the department for family members who have less than functional English.

AGE
Children 23 years and over cannot be included in your application. (Unless there are exceptional circumstances)

HEALTH & CHARACTER
All family members must meet the health and character requirements. All applicants over 16 must provide police clearances.

If you already hold a permanent 187 (ENS) Visa and you would like to bring your family to Australia, you will need to apply for one of the family visas.

Subclass 187 Visa streams

This is a permanent visa for skilled foreign workers who have a nominating employer in a regional or low population growth area of Australia.

Applicants can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa.

DIRECT ENTRY STREAM 
In November 2019, the Direct Entry Stream of the 187 Visa was replaced by the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) – Subclass 494 Visa
Applicants can still apply for the 187 visa through the Transition Stream

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE TRANSITION STREAM (TRT)
• Applicants must hold a 457 visa or a TSS visa
• Applicants must have worked for their employer full-time for two or three years (depending on when your visa was lodged)
• Applicants must be nominated by an employer

-> If your 457 visa was lodged before 18th of April 2017, click here to see detailed 457 to permanent residency requirements.

-> If your 457 visa was lodged after 18th of April 2017, click here to see detailed TSS to permanent residency requirements.

How it works

Step 1

You have an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you.

Step 2

Our migration agents liaise with you and your employer to collect documents.

Step 3

We lodge your RCB, nomination and visa application with the Department.

Step 4

We wait until a decision is made on your nomination and visa application.

Step 5

You are expected to stay in a regional area for 2 years after approval

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