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Regional Skilled Migration Scheme Subclass 187 (Closed)

Disclaimer – Visas Avenue does not provide any guidance or assistance on the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (Subclass 187). This page is only for information purpose. Visas Avenue provides documentation assistance related to different government programs.

Note: Australian government has closed regional Skilled Migration Scheme Visa Subclass 187 for new applications from 16 November 2019. A new visa, i.e. Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 494, has replaced this visa.

Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa is for the employers in the remote. Low population growth regional areas of Australia want to recruit highly skilled people from overseas or temporary workers within Australia to fill in the vacant places in their business permanently.

Application Process:-

Step 1:- Employer nominates the vacant position and applies to Regional Certifying Body (RCB).

Step 2:- Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Assess the application lodged against specific criteria, including the genuine need for paid employee from overseas or other temporary workers within Australia.

Step 3:-RCB if convinced issues certificate

Step 4:- Employee accepts the offer and applies for visa approval. Regional Certifying Body (RCB)

Requisites of the visa:-

Employment Requirement

  • Must be lawfully and actively operational in Australia
  • Should provide the full-time permanent employment offer and demonstrate the employee’s genuine need for specific skills from overseas to the labour market.
  • Should abide by the local and immigration laws.
  • the employer’s business is and actively engaged in the activity in the registered regional area (all areas of Australia except for, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne)

Position requirement

  • The position should be full time and ongoing for at least two years from the date of employment
  • Provide working conditions that are favourable as per the Australian legislation laws
  • Position or occupation offered should fall within the scope of SOL.
  • the position requires a person with at least an Australian equivalent trade, diploma or higher qualification (unless the appointment is exceptional)


  1. Should be nominated for a position that falls within the scope of SOL List.
  2. Should have positive skill assessment for the nominated occupation from the relevant assessing authorities.
  3. Should have at least three years of working experience in the nominated occupation.
  4. In case the nomination is for a highly paid senior executive position, the salary should not be less than 250000 per annum(excluding superannuation and other benefits)
  5. Should have an employer willing to sponsor you permanently
  6. Demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills required for that occupation and the relevant licencing/registration if the occupation demands
  7. Should be under 45 years of age
  8. Should have at least functional English ability.
  9. Have worked in Australia for a minimum of two years on an eligible temporary visa in the nominated occupation, including at least the last year for the nominating employer. Those just graduated and entering the workforce will need to apply for a Graduate Visa to Australia
  10. Should undergo health and character examination before lodging the visa.

Privileges of the Visa:-

  • live and work in Australia permanently
  • Study in Australia at school or university
  • receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  •  Sponsor people for permanent residence.

Regional Skilled Migration Scheme Visa Subclass 187

Find below the visa fees for Subclass 187 Visa:

Visa subclass Base application charge Additional applicant charge 18 and over Additional applicant charge under 18
Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) AUD4,045 AUD2,025 AUD1,010

Note: The visa fees given above is subject to change and revision periodically. Hence, to clarify the fees or to confirm the latest/updated visa fees, you may contact Visas Avenue, the immigration expert.

Additional charges:-

  • Medical Examination:-To be paid directly to the doctor conducting a medical examination
  • Police check:-To the corresponding authorities in the respective countries where you have lived for more than 6/12 months depending on the visa subclass
  • Certification/Translation of Docs-Depending on the certifying person and number of copies to be certified.

If you seek documentation assistance for Australia PR Visa, you may contact Visas Avenue immigration expert on Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to

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