The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa is designed for employers to address skill shortages in regional and low population growth areas, this includes the whole of South Australia and Western Australia.

The RSMS visa is available to skilled workers from inside or outside of Australia. There are three main streams when applying for this visa:

  • Direct Entry - for those who wish to apply directly for Permanent Residence from inside or outside Australia.
  • Temporary Resident Transition - For those who have been working inside Australia, with the same employer, in the same position, for at least 3 years while holding a 482 visa. Transitional arrangements are available for certain 457 visa holders. 
  • Agreement stream - For those nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.


Skilled workers can apply through the RSMS program if they:

  • Want to live and work in regional Australia (any areas outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne)
  • Have been nominated by an approved Australian employer located in regional Australia
  • Are under 45 years of age (exemptions apply)
  • Meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements.

In some situations, it is possible to obtain a waiver of these requirements.

When applying for 'direct entry', an additional stage is added to your application process. The application needs to be approved by the 'regional certifying body'. The criteria for each body is different and will need to be addressed. 

Can I work in the city if I apply for an RSMS?

The RSMS visa is designed for employers to address skill shortages in regional and low population growth areas Find out more

Areas of low population growth includes great cities like Adelaide and Perth. Only big cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are not included on the RSMS. Nor is the Gold Coast, Newcastle or Wollongong.

Key people for RSMS Visas

Nam Hoang

Practice Manager / Executive Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0641294

Nam is the business operations manager and a senior migration consultant at Migration Solutions, responsible for the day-to-day business operations of work undertaken.

Call Nam on 8210 9800 or email him

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Mark_2Mark Glazbrook

CEO / Principal Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number:0100185

Mark Glazbrook is the CEO of Migration Solutions and has been involved in the migration profession for over 17 years.

Call Mark on 8210 9800 or email him

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SusanSusan Mulder

Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 1910863

Susan is a registered migration agent primarily working with our corporate clients and processing employer-sponsored visa applications such as 457 visas.

Call Susan on 8210 9800 or email her

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