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Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

About this visa
The visa is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia (186) or workers who want to work in regional Australia (187). This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.
This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The visa has three streams:
•The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

•The Direct Entry stream is for:
opeople who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
opeople who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
otemporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream, or
opeople with a nomination lodged with us before 1 July 2012.
•The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labor agreement.

Requirements:
•have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply
•are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgment, unless you are exempt
•at time of application lodgment, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body
•at time of application lodgment, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt
•meet health and character requirements
•meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

How to apply:
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).
When to apply:
•You can apply when your employer lodges their nominations, or you can apply afterwards
•You must apply less than six months after we approve the nomination.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an Australian values statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book beforehand.
Lodge your application online
You must apply for this visa online. More information is available in Employer Sponsored (ENS/RSMS) visa online applications.
You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.
Upload your documents through our website when you lodge your online application. This will help reduce delays in processing the application.
Provide your documents
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
More information
There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

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