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Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa (subclass 187)

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Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa (subclass 187)

The Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa allows the holder to be sponsored by their employer in regional Australia to work and live permanently in Australia. The 187 visa consists of two streams: Direct Entry stream and Temporary Residence Transition stream.

Direct Entry stream conditions for applicants

  • Have an eligible occupation that is on the relevant list of skilled occupations
  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience (exemptions apply)
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable to the state or territory you intend to work in
  • Be nominated by an eligible sponsor
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have at least a Competent level of English language
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Temporary Residence Transition stream conditions for applicants

  • Have the required skills needed to perform the tasks of the nominated occupation.
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable to the state or territory you intend to work in
  • Be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Have either one of the following visa:
    • a subclass 457 visa;
    • a subclass 482 (TSS) visa or
    • a bridging visa A, B or C (granted after your subclass 457 or Temporary Skill Shortage [TSS] visa expired)
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have at least a Competent level of English language
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

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