Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187)

ATTENTION: RDA Southern Inland will cease accepting RSMS 187 Employer Sponsored Visa applications on the 1st of November at 5pm. This is to ensure we have sufficient time to process all final applications before the 16th of November. 
The RSMS 187 Employer Sponsored Visa will no longer be accepted by The Department of Home Affairs past the 16th of November 2019.
The new provisional subclass 494 visa comes into effect, midnight 16 November 2019.
The introduction of provisional subclass 494 will not impact people who already hold existing RSMS 187 Employer Sponsored Visas. Applications lodged prior to 5pm, 1st of November 2019 will continue to be processed as normal.

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer an​​​d then an application under the nominated stream. RDASI certifies 187 applications under the Direct Entry Scheme.

The Direct Entry 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.

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.

You can submit your application online or via post. 

Find out more about the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa here


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Goulburn - Main Office & Regional Migration



Shop 5, Central Arcade
158-162 Auburn Street
Goulburn NSW 2580

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RDA Southern Inland
PO Box 775
Goulburn NSW 2580