The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who have a job offer/employment in regional Australia. To be eligible for RSMS visa an employer must be located in a regional area, as defined by post codes. However, ALL of Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania are considered regional. The applicant must have an occupation that is listed in with a skill level of 1 to 3 on the ANZSCO table.
Before an RSMS visa application can be lodged, a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) must certify that the position is in high demand in the regional area. Each RCB has their own rules (and charges) for processing this part of the application. The visa application can’t be lodged until the RCB has certified the application.
It should be noted that an RSMS visa is liable to be cancelled if the employee does not remain with the employer for 2 years