187 RSMS

The Subclass 187 RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who would like to work in regional Australia, there are three different streams:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream

  • the Direct Entry stream

  • the Agreement stream.


187 TRT & Direct Entry

The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream is for:

  • subclass 482 visa holders who have worked for at least three (3) out of the previous four years (before the nomination), or two (2) years out of the last three (3) years under 457 grandfathering provisions for 457 visa holders who qualify.

  • while holding a subclass 457 or a 482 visa,

  • in the same occupation with their nominating employer,

  • who is willing to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

The Direct Entry (DE) stream is for:

  • people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

  • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

  • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

The Agreement stream is for:

  • subclass 457 visa holders nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.


186 ENS

The Subclass 186 Employer Nomination (ENS) visa is an Australian permanent residence (PR) visa for skilled workers. It allows Subclass 186 visa holders to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • the Direct Entry stream

  • the Agreement stream.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this visa under any any stream you need to:

  • Nomination - have been nominated by an approved Australian employer.

  • Age - be under 45 years of age, if you would like to apply under either the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream or the Direct Entry (DE) stream(including your spouse).

  • Age - be under 50 years of age if you would like to apply under the 457 grandfathering provisions.

  • Skills/Qualifications - meet the skills, qualifications & registration or licensing requirements.

  • English Ability - have at least competent English at least 6 in each band for IELTS (or equivalent e.g. PTE 50 in each) or higher (unless exempt).

  • Health/Character - meet the health and character requirements.

  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

  • If you are lodging an application in the Direct Entry stream and you are required to complete a formal skills assessment, you must also provide a positive skills assessment with your visa application (unless exempt). A skills assessment provided after you have applied for your visa cannot be accepted.

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by an Australian employer and that nomination has been approved.

Requirements for the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream:

  • hold a Subclass 457 Temporary Work visa or a 482 TSS visa.

  • have at least competent English at least 6 in each band for IELTS (PTE 50 in each) or higher (unless exempt).

  • subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for at least two (2) out of the previous three(3)years (before the nomination) (under grandfathering provisions), or

  • subclass 482 visa holders who have worked for at least three (3) out of the previous four years (before the nomination),

  • No skills assessment required for TRT stream applications.

Requirements for the Direct Entry stream, all of the following must apply:

  • you have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved.

  • you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia.

  • you currently hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the TRT stream.

  • have at least three (3) years of relevant work experience.

  • If you are lodging an application in the Direct Entry stream and you are required to complete a formal skills assessment that was completed within the last 3-years, you must also provide a positive skills assessment with your visa application (unless exempt). A skills assessment provided after you have applied for your visa cannot be accepted.

The Agreement stream applies if you are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement for certain occupations (e.g. meat workers).

Cost Visa Application Charges (VAC) for Employer Nominated visas Subclass 186 & 187 are as follows: primary applicant $4,045, secondary adult applicant $2,025 and secondary child applicant $1,010.

(VAC’s are updated and correct as of the 1st July 2019).

Training Benchmarks have been replaced by the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy, however, they still apply to sponsors who employ 457 visa holders and for some 186 TRT stream applications.

SAF Levy - Subclass 186 ENS & 187 RSMS Nominations:

  • $3,000 SAF levy per nomination payable at the time of nomination lodgement (for employers who have an annual turnover of less than $10,000,000).

  • $5,000 SAF levy per nomination (for employers who have an annual turnover of more than $10,000,000).

    Note: The SAF levy is payable in addition to the nomination charge amount of $540.

    There are limits for the SAF for each financial year period:

  • $5,500 for a permanent residency visa nomination (186 or 187 visas, through Temporary Residency Transition or Direct Entry)

  • $8,000 for 482 TSS visa nomination (regardless of the occupation list)

Refunds of the SAF levy are only available in any of the following scenarios:

  • The sponsorship and visa applications are approved, but the overseas skilled worker (visa holder) does not arrive/commence employment with the employer.

  • The employer's sponsorship and nomination application for the overseas skilled worker is approved, but the associated visa application is refused on health or character grounds.

  • A TSS visa holder leaves the sponsoring employer within the first 12 months of employment where the visa period was for more than 12 months. Refunds will only be available in this scenario for unused full years of the SAF levy. Note: This does not apply to ENS or RSMS holders who leave their employer within the first 12 months of employment.

  • The nomination fee is refunded (for example where a concurrent sponsor application is refused).

    Important Note: SAF Levy refunds are discretionary.