Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa

Skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who currently live and work in regional Australia, meaning not in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne may be able to apply for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa, a permanent visa.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa has 3 streams, which are:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream (‘TRT‘)
  • Direct Entry stream (‘DE‘)
  • Agreement stream

TRT: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa – Visa Requirements

The sponsor business will need to:

  • be located in regional Australia
  • show it is a lawfully operating business
  • offer a skilled position that is full-time and ongoing for at least two years
  • nominate a position and occupation which is the same as the position and occupation nominated for the granted 457 Visa
  • show a ‘Genuine Need‘ for the position
  • pay the skilled worker the market rate for the nominated position

The skilled worker will need to:

  • be less than 50 years of age unless an age exemption apply
  • have worked for at least two out of the three years (before the nomination is made), while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their sponsoring employer
  • demonstrate that the employee holds the licences and registrations necessary to work in the nominated occupation
  • show Competent English

DE: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa – Visa Requirements

The sponsor business will need to:

  • be located in regional Australia
  • show it is a lawfully operating business
  • offer a skilled position that is full-time and ongoing for at least two years
  • nominate a position on Instrument IMMI 17/058
  • show ‘Genuine Need‘ for the position
  • pay the skilled worker the market rate for the nominated position

The skilled worker will need to:

  • be less than 45 years of age unless an age exemption apply
  • be employed in a position on Instrument IMMI 17/058
  • show that the skilled worker meets the skills, qualifications and experience necessary to work in the nominated occupation; either:
  • if nominated occupation is on Instrument IMMI 12/096 – obtained Australian Qualifications (related)
  • if nominated occupation is on Instrument IMMI 12/096 – obtained positive Skills Assessment (related)
  • if nominated occupation is not on Instrument IMMI 12/096 – meets ANZSCO definition of occupation
  • show that the skilled worker holds the licences and registrations necessary to work in the nominated occupation
  • show Competent English

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa – Visa Charges

Nomination Charge
Base Application Charge
Additional Application Charge (18 and over)
Additional Application Charge (under 18)
$ 0
$3,670
$1,835
$ 920

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa