Complete information about Australian regional sponsored skilled immigration visa subclass 187

 Australian Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa Subclass 187 - An Introduction 

If you have someone in Australia or can convince someone in Australia to make a job offer to you, this is the right category of Australian visa for you. The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in an Australian region. This visa has a two-step process, firstly, you have to be nominated by an approved Australian employer and then you have to apply for the visa under the nominated stream. It is a part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by an employer in regional Australia.

You can apply for Australian visa subclass 187 under one of three streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • The Direct Entry stream

  • The Agreement stream.

Now lets see how each of the three streams works.

1. Temporary Residence Transition stream

This stream (The Temporary Residence Transition Stream) is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for at least two out of the three years (before the nomination is made), while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer , who wants to offer them a permanent job in that occupation.

2. Direct Entry stream

 Direct Entry Stream is for the:

  • People who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

  • People who have never, or only temporarily, worked in Australia

  • Temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

3. Agreement stream

The Agreement stream is for subclass 457 visa holders nominated by an employer through a labour agreement (Please NOTE; This stream is temporarily closed).

 Eligibility (All Streams) 

You can apply for this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia within six months before you apply

  • are under the age of 50, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or are under the age of 45, if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream

  • at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for and/or 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 lodgement, have appropriate English language skills

  • meet health and character requirements

  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.


You must be below age 50 to lodge an application for this visa subclass 187. However, under certain circumstances you can still apply for this visa even if you are older than 50.

English language

Meet the English language requirements. You can prove your English proficiency by :

  •  achieving the required minimum test scores in a specified English language test either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream that has been conducted within three years immediately prior to the date of application lodgement.

  • holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and evidence you are a citizen of that country.

You might not need to show adequate English language skills if you:

  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

  • you have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution all of the tuition was delivered in English.


You must of good character. Click here to see the character requirements.


You must meet the health requirements (please see below "the organized health check up").

Additional Eligibility For Visa Subclass 187

1. Temporary Residence Transition Stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if you are the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you satisfied the primary criteria for that visa.

At the time you make your application, you must provide evidence with your online application.

2. Direct Entry Stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

  • have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved

  • you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

  • you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • you are applying directly from outside Australia.

  • At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

  • have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

  • meet the skills requirements, unless you are exempt.

3. Agreement stream

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement.Your employer can advise if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

Remember, this stream is closed till further notice.

Expression of Interest

If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, don't worry, you can still submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

Your EOI must specify which stream you want to be considered for. No supporting documents are required at this time. 

 Applying for the Visa 


Follow the following steps to apply for this visa:

 1.   Gather Your Required Visa Documents

You need to get two types of documents ready before you can apply:

  • Documents from your employer,

  • Documents from your self

i. Documents from your employer 

For Australian immigration Visa Subclass 187, the required documents should be ready from you (prospective) employer even before you prepare your own documents. This is because your employer lodges your nomination even before you apply for this visa. Click here to see the required documents from your (prospective) employer in Australia. 

ii. Documents from yourself 

You must get also all your and your family's documents read before applying for the visa

  • All non-English documents must be translated into English. 

  • Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

  • Translators outside Australia do not need to be accredited, but they must endorse the translation with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.

  • Scan all documents (English and non-English documents) in colour in readiness to attach to your visa application. The scanned documents must be legible.

  • When you apply for the visa, send a document only once, even if you are using it as evidence for more than one criterion.

Click here to see a basic required documents check list.

 2.   Submit your expression of interest

If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

 3.   Organise health check up

It is preferred that you and your family members have health checks before you apply for the visa.
You will pay a fee for the checks and the results are valid for one year. If you undertake a health check before you apply and it takes longer than a year to process your application, you will need to undertake, and pay for, the checks again.

Undertaking health checks after you lodge your application may cause processing delays, though it is possible. Please NOTE that you can get your health checks ONLY from the doctors recommended by Australian High Commission in your country. Follow the following steps to start you med checks process:

  • Find out the checks you need

  • If you have not lodged your application, you can find out the checks you and your family members need through their online system ImmiAccount.

  • If you don’t have an ImmiAccount, you need to create one.

  • If you already have an ImmiAccount, log into it.

  • When you are in your ImmiAccount, create a New application and then select Health > My Health Declarations.

  • After completing My Health Declarations, you will automatically be directed to the online system eMedical Client where you will answer questions about your medical history and receive advice regarding health checks.

 4.   Apply for the visa online


You must apply for this visa online. You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.

You can upload your documents using your ImmiAccount when you lodge your online application. This will help reduce delays in processing the application.

  • Log into your ImmiAccount or create an ImmiAccount if you do not have one.

  • The visa application form will be available when you are in your ImmiAccount.

 5.   After you apply

Provide Biometrics

You might need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). They will let you know if you need to provide them.

Health checks

If you did not have health checks before you applied, you will need to have them when they tell you to.

Send more information or documents

  • If you did not include all relevant documents when you applied, attach them to your ImmiAccount as soon as you can.

  • If they request documents, you will usually have 28 days to provide them. Generally, we will not continue to process your application or respond to email enquiries during this 28 day period.

  • You can provide more information to us at any time until a decision is made on the application.

Tell them of changes

You need to tell them if:

  • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example change of address, telephone number or birth of a child

  • you made a mistake on your application

  • you need to provide more information

  • you want to withdraw your application.

If you want to correct information you provided, use:Form 1023

 Documents Required To Apply for Regional Sponsored   Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) 

Click here to see a basic required documents check list required from the employer.

Click here to see the basic documents required from the applicant.

 Visa Details 

What you can do with this visa

This visa allows you and your family to live in Australia and work permanently in regional Australia.

This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely

  • Work and study in Australia

  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • Apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Visa Fee

From AUD 3,670 (for the main applicant only)

You might have to pay additional costs.
Use the visa pricing estimator is an online tool that calculates the total cost of your visa.This visa fee is paid in two parts, called installments:

  • Pay the first installment when you lodge your application.

  • Pay the second installment when we tell you to. 


How long the visa processing takes

Depending upon how well-prepared your application was and from which country you are applying, the visa processing can take from 7 to 10 months whereas direct entry stream can take from 16 to 18 months.

How long the visa lasts
This is a permanent visa – it lasts indefinitely. The visa starts on the date it is granted.

 Visa Tips 

  1. Different Skills are in demand in different Australian states. Keep checking your skill & occupation on the updated list.

  2.  In the point scores, there are some factors about which you cannot do anything like your age. So concentrate on the factors about which you can do something, like your English score.

  3. Try to use the services of a professional immigration consultant before applying for any step of the visa process. This is because if you make a big mistake in your application, no one can help you after you have lodged this application.

  4. Always get an assessment of your case for a certain visa class even before making any decision.

  5. Australian government keeps on suspending different visa sub classes for certain period of time from time to time. Make sure that your selected visa sub class is still open.