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

The visa has three streams:

  • The direct stream is available for onshore or offshore employees who will be directly employed for at 2+ years within a business. The business can be an existing business or a startup business. The visa holder must have an occupation that is listed on the CSOL and there is no minimum salary requirement. There is a requirement to show that the salary meets the Australian Market Rate, which could equate to an Industry Award or Salary Survey. Nominating companies will need to meet the “Training Requirement” which is recent expenditure in the amount of 1% of annual payroll spent training Australian employee

  • Is available for 457 visa holders who have been working for a company for the past 2 years whilst being the primary holder of a 457 work visa. The nominating company must demonstrate that it has met its training obligations (of 1% of payroll spent training Australian Workers), for the nomination to be granted.

  • This stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

This visa involves a two-step process:

  • 1 - Nomination by an approved Australian employer.
  • 2 - Visa application under the nominated stream.

Criteria to apply:

  • The visa holder must have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in Regional Australia within the six months before application
  • The visa holder must be under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless exempt
  • The visa holder must have the required skills and qualifications for the position
  • The visa holder must have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt
  • The visa holder must meet health and character requirements
  • The visa holder must meet the requirements of the stream in which they apply for the visa

For information on your eligibility for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa, please contact us for a free assessment.