Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

About Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia.

  • It allows you to work in Australia under one of three PATHWAYS.
  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
  • the Direct Entry stream.
  • the Agreement stream.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

How does Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme(RSMS) Work?

  • Temporary Residence Transition: where applicants have worked with their employer on a 457 Visa for the last 2 years in the same position. In this case, no Regional Body Certification is required,
  • Direct Entry Stream: for people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia,
  • Agreement Stream: where the employer has a Labour Agreement.

What are English Requirements for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme?

Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT 12 13 21 18
PTE Academic 50 50 50 50

Eligibility Criteria of RSMS Visa

  • Are under 45 years old (unless you’re exempt)
  • Have been nominated by an employer for a job in a regional area
  • Have the skills and qualifications to do the job you’ve been nominated for, at the time you apply
  • Meet the English language requirements
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Meet the requirements of the stream under which you are applying.

RSMS Regional Areas

List of Regional areas for RSMS sponsorship:

  • Entire Western Australia.
  • Entire South Australia
  • Entire Tasmania
  • Entire ACT
  • Entire Northern Territory
  • New South Wales (NSW) – all areas excluding Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong
  • Victoria – all areas excluding Melbourne

Queensland- all areas excluding Brisbane, Goldcoast

Process step of RSMS Visa

This visa involves a three step process:

  1. Regional Certification Board (RCB) approval
  2. Nomination by an approved Australian employer and,
  3. A Subclass 187 visa application by the skilled worker.

The applicant can be in or outside Australia when an application is made for this visa. The applicant must have a valid substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B, or C to apply for this visa in Australia.

Benefits of RSMS Visa

There are several benefits of RSMS visa those are listed as below.

  • Work and live in Australia indefinitely
  • Opportunity to study in Australia
  • RSMS is the highest priority visa in the skilled migration stream
  • It is possible to apply for RSMS in a wider range of occupations
  • The employer does not need to meet the training requirement
  • access to Medicare and will not have to pay international school fees (like many 457 visa holders have to)
  • Opportunity to apply for Australian Citizenship
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency
  • Travel in and out of Australia as you often want


RSMS 457 visa
Permanent Visa Temporary Visa – Lasts up to 4 years
Medicare and all welfare benefits that comes with Permanent Residency No welfare benefits eg: Medicare
Work for sponsor up to 2 years to keep Permanent Residency Work for sponsor up to 2 years to get Permanent Residency
IELTS requirement is 6 for direct entry IELTS requirement is just 5 bands
Can only work in Regional Australia this does not include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne Can work anywhere in Australia