Visa 187 Australia - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS)

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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) is a Permanent Resident Visa for skilled workers who have been nominated by an approved Australian employer and want to work in regional Australia.

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


Regional Certifying Body (RCB)
A nomination made under the RSMS Direct Entry stream cannot be approved by the department unless a regional certifying body has provided their advice in regard to the application. The prospective sponsor, an eligible Australian business in the regional area, must obtain advice from the relevant regional certifying body about the position they want to fill prior to approval of the nomination and the advice can be sent to DHA before or after the lodgement an employer nomination application. Regional certifying bodies are a diverse network of state and territory government agencies, local chambers of commerce, local government councils and regional development bodies. The advice provided by a regional certifying body is intended to ensure all RSMS Direct Entry stream nominations have been scrutinised by a third party who is familiar with local labour market conditions and who may be able to provide information on regional matters which the department may not be aware of. The regional certifying body assesses the nomination against the following criteria:
  • there is a genuine need for a paid employee in a business operated by the employer that is actively and lawfully operating in a regional area of Australia
  •  the terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would apply to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident performing the same work in the same location
  • the nominated position cannot be reasonably filled from the local labour market.


Is there any charge for applying for advice from a Regional Certifying Body (RCB)?
Yes, the prospective sponsor may have to pay a charge to obtain advice from a RCB for the position they want to fill. The charges may vary based on the regional certifying body.

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