Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
This visa program is designed to help regional employers recruit skilled workers and fill positions that they are unable to fill due to local labour market shortages.
Only certain postcodes are eligible in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, the entire states of South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory are deemed to be regional and eligible.
Regional Approved Areas
|New South Wales||Everywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong||2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898|
|Northern Territory||Everywhere in the territory||All postcodes|
|Queensland||Everywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast||4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899|
|South Australia||Everywhere in the state||All postcodes|
|Tasmania||Everywhere in the state||All postcodes|
|Victoria||Everywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area||3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996|
|Western Australia||Everywhere except Perth and surrounding areas||6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799|
There are 3 visa pathways:
Temporary Residence Transition (TRT)
- You are a 457 visa holder who has worked for your employer for at least 2 years
- Your employer wants to offer you a permanent position in the same nominated occupation in a regional location
- Be under 50 years of age
- meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position
Direct Entry (DE)
- You have the required qualifications and skill level
- You have no experience in the Australian labour market
- You are being sponsored by an employer who is party to a labour agreement that is in effect
Note: Exemptions may apply for English language skills.
What is the process involved in applying for subclass 187- RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration)?
Step 1: Applying for Regional Certifying Body Advice
Regional Certifying Bodies are also referred as RCBs which are state and territory government agencies, local chambers of commerce, local government councils and regional development bodies.
Each RCB has its on requirement and differs from the other.
In overview, there the following RCB’s in the different Australian states and territories, https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/regi/contacts/regional-certifying-bodies.
The Regional Certifying Body provides advise to Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) with an assessment of:
- local labour market conditions
- specific regional development requirements
- recruitment efforts by the employer
- genuine need for the position
Note: Each RCB has different evidentiary requirements for an RCB advice application and it is important to understand the requirements , when applying for RCB advice.
Step 2: Nomination Application by an Australian Employer
At this stage the employer will need to:
- nominate an occupation on one of the occupation list for relevant to RSMS (https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00295)
- offer a position that is available for at least two years from the time the RSMS visa is granted.
Stage 3: Apply for RSMS visa
Visa application requirements are not the same for Direct Entry (Application) and Temporary Transition Stream for existing 457 visa holders.
The below outline show some of the requirements for the two visa streams:
- . Temporary Transition Stream for existing 457 visa holders
- Applicant must have held the 457 visa and worked for the same employer for at least 2 years. Employee must have worked 2 years for the same employer in the last 3 years.
- Employer must have met its obligation and requirements and:
- 1. Paid the correct salary, superannuation
- 2. Withheld required taxes for employee who complete work for the employee whilst holding a subclass 457 visa
- the employer meets the Training Benchmark requirements. This means that the employer has provided an acceptable amount of training for its Australian citizen and permanent resident employees, or has made a contribution to a relevant industry training fund.
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