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Australia's RSMS - Subclass 187 Visa to close for new applications from 15 November 2019

Posted - 06, Nov 2019

Australia to close its one of the popular visa stream, i.e. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) - Direct Entry Stream with effect from November 15, 2019.It is one of the two visa categories along with Subclass 489 visa, the closure of which, was announced few months back by the Australian government as both are being replaced with two new regional visas effective 16th November this year.

Closure of Subclass 187 Visa

Many states including South Australia has already announced the closure of the Subclass 187 visa category. The state has instructed that if an applicant has started the RCB advice application, he/she will require to complete and submit the application before the system being closed at 11 am on 15 November 2019.The incomplete application will be deleted with effect from 11 am on 15 November 2019, including the applications, which have been "saved but not submitted".
Also read- Key Benefits of New Regional Visas: Subclass 491 & 494 Visa

Subclass 494 to replace Subclass 187 visa

The new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 494) visa, is going to replace the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) direct entry stream visa, as 187 visa is going to close to new visa applications from November 15, 2019.

Instructions for SA Immigration applicants applying Subclass 187 visa before 16th November 2019

Please read and understand the following points before taking a decision whether to file an employer nomination application and 187 visa application with the DHA before 16th November 2019.
  • The nominee will be charged the visa application charge for lodging the 187 visa application, this should be taken into account before proceeding. The VAC will not be refunded if your visa application is refused
  • The employer needs to ensure they meet all RCB advice application requirements and submit a complete, decision-ready application to Immigration SA before 11 am on 15 November 2019
  • The employer and nominee must meet all Department of Home Affairs' requirements for the employer nomination application and 187 RSMS visa application.
If you want to apply for most appropriate skilled regional visa this year, you may get in touch with a trusted Australia Immigration Consultant for inclusive support and assistances.
Also read- Australia has revised the financial capacity requirement for Student Visa applicants

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