This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:
the Temporary Residence Transition stream
the Direct Entry stream
the Agreement stream.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
have been nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt
apply under the stream for which you were nominated.
About this Visa:
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.
The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a certain sort of bridging visa.
The visa has three streams:
The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders who have worked for their employer in their nominated occupation for two years and their employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
The Direct Entry stream is for:
people who have never, or only briefly, worked in the Australian labour market
temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
applicants with a nomination lodged with us before 1 July 2012
The Agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.