Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

In order to boost economy in Regional Australia employers operating in regional, low population growth or remote areas of Australia can sponsor skilled workers for permanent visa under Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

The sponsorship for visa subclass 187 must be based on need for filling skilled occupation. Offered employment must be full-time for a minimum of two years and must be located in a regional area.

Applicant who has a sponsor in the RSMS can lodge the application without submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect. Alternatively skilled workers can lodge EOI (after meeting certain requirements) and indicate that they would like to be sponsored in RSMS category.

Skilled worker for visa subclass 187 must meet following requirements:
  • receive an invitation to apply, if not sponsored by employer,
  • meet points test pass mark,
  • nominate a skilled occupation from the relevant skilled occupation list,
  • hold a suitable skills assessment,
  • be under 50 years of age,
  • have at least competent English,
  • and other standard requirements including health and character.
With introduction of SkillSelect potential migrants to Australia can apply directly for specific Permanent Residency Visa subclass or use a clear pathway of different visa subclasses. If you are interested to check what options you have please contact us.