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187 Regional Sponsored

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

​This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • Direct Entry stream
  • Agreement stream



You must:

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia;
  • are under 50 years of age, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or you are under 45 years of age if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream;
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position;
  • meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.


Length of stay: Permanently



  1. Sponsorship
  2. Nomination
  3. Visa Application


Procession time:



75 per cent of applications processed

90 per cent of applications processed

Temporary Residence Transition stream

8 Months

9 Months

Direct Entry stream

15 Months

18 Months

Agreement stream

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.


According to the data released by DIBP, the refusal of visa application in Direct Stream is much higher than Temporary Residence Transition stream. This is because when applicant apply the visa by themselves, they will miss some important documents. Therefore, when you apply for this visa, we strongly recommend you seek advices from professional and experienced migration agent!