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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

The Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia to fill skilled positions they are unable to fill from the local labor market. An employer can take part in the scheme if their business is in any area except Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, and Perth.

The RSMS visa involves a three step process:

1. Regional Certification Board (RCB) approval 

2. Nomination by an approved Australian employer and,

3. A Subclass 187 visa application by the skilled worker.

The RSMS visa has following three streams:

1.  The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation, with their nominating employer who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

2. The Direct Entry stream is for applicants who have not worked on a 457 visa with their nominating employer for two years but who are formally qualified in their occupation or have sufficient experience in their occupation to meet the skills required for the visa. In the case of trade occupations, applicants may need a positive skills assessment in their occupation.

3. The Labour Agreement stream is for applicants sponsored by an employer through a labor agreement.

The Basic Requirements