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The Regional Sponsored 187 is a permanent visa that requires you to be nominated to work in a regional area. It allows you to be granted a permanent visa straight away to work for a nominated employer on a full time basis.

To be allowed to obtain this visa you must be nominated to work in a regional area and must have this position approved by the Regional Certifying Body (RCB). The employer can  nominate participants as long as they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.


It is a permanent visa

Where are the Regional Areas:

Most of Australia is classified as a regional area with the exception of: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong. For a full list of the regional post codes check here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The position is located in a Regional Area
  • The position is genuine and there is a genuine need for the employer to fill the position
  • The employee has the qualifications and skills required to fill the position
  • The employee holds the required licenses and requirements for the occupation
  • The employee is under 50 years of age
  • The employee meets  the required level of English language
  • The employee is of good health and character

There are usually three steps involved in applying for the regional sponsored visa:

Step 1: RCB Approved

The Regional Certifying Body is a local government run organisation that checks to ensure that there is a genuine need for the position  and there has been attemps made by the employer to find an Australian employee for the position.

Step 2: The company must submit a nomination application for the employee

Once a positive assessment is made by the RCB confirming that the position is genuinelly needed, the employer can then apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to nominate a foreign employee to fill the position. The DIBP will review the position and the company to decide if it meets requirements.

Step 3: Apply for the visa

  • To Apply for the visa there are 3 different pathways:
  1. Temporary Residence Stream –  This is where after 2 years of working for the company, the employee transitions from the 457 visa to the 187 visa. No RCB Approval is required
  2. Direct Entry Stream – This is where the employee applys directly for the 187 visa. RCB Certification is required
  3. Labour Agreement – This is for someone who has previously been employed by the company on a 457 visa under a labour agreement

To be successfully granted the visa the employee must demonstrate that they:

  • Possess the required skills, education and qualification to fill the position
  • Meet the required English language proficiency requirement
  • Are of good character and health

Visa Processing Times:

The Immigration and Border Protection website listed the processing time for  a subclass 187 visa as 9 months.

What we will do:

Pathway to Aus will assist with the application throughout the entirety of the process and provide:

  • Articulate advice on eligibility requirements and how to meet these requirements
  • Assistance obtaining the required supporting documents needed for the application
  • Assistance compiling and translating letters of reference.
  • Prepare and submit the application to the DIBP
  • Liaison with the DIBP throughout every stage of processing
  • Provide updates on changing requirements to employers and employees throughout the duration of the visa.

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