Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa

 

The Subclass 187 RSMS visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer for a role that is located in ‘regional Australia’.

The main difference between a 187 RSMS visa and a 186 Employer Nominated Scheme visa is that for a 187 visa, you need to be nominated by your employer to work in their business which is located in a part of regional Australia. Regional Australia is defined by postcode. Your nominated role must be performed in one of these eligible areas.

While only certain postcodes are eligible for RSMS in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland, the entire states of Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Northern Territory are deemed to be regional and eligible for RSMS. This means that you may be able to apply under RSMS even if you are  nominated to work for an employer in metropolitan Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra or Darwin.

There are two separate pathways or streams for the 187 visa. You can satisfy the requirements of either stream before applying for the 187 visa. The streams are called the Direct Entry stream, and the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

 

Main eligibility requirements for 187 visa

 

In order to obtain a 187 visa, the visa applicant and the employer will need to satisfy a number of requirements, including the following key requirements:

  • The visa applicant needs to perform the nominated role at the employer’s business premises which is located in a regional area. Regional areas which are eligible are defined by postcode. While only certain postcodes are eligible for RSMS in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland, the entire states of Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Northern Territory are deemed to be eligible
  • If the visa applicant is applying under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, then the applicant needs to complete 2 years of full-time work as a 457 visa holder
  • If the visa applicant is applying under the Direct Entry stream, then the role that the visa applicant is nominated to perform needs to align with an eligible ANZSCO occupation which are all ANZSCO occupations that specify a Skill Level of 1, 2 or 3
  • If the visa applicant is applying under the Direct Entry stream, then the employer will need to lodge an application to the relevant Regional Certifying Body to demonstrate that there is a genuine need for the visa applicant and that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is living in that area. This generally means that the employer will need to advertise the nominated role in the local newspaper and/or online for a period of 2-4 weeks
  • Visa applicant must satisfy the English requirement for this visa, or one of the available exemptions
  • Visa applicant’s salary must be consistent with the ‘Australian market rate’ for the nominated role

Please note that the above listed requirements are not the only requirements that the visa applicant and the employer/sponsor need to satisfy in order to obtain a 187 visa. The above does outline the key requirements.

 

 

Commitment that you make as a Subclass 187 visa applicant

 

In the visa application form, as the applicant, you are required to declare that you:

  • Agree to work in the nominated position for at least two years
  • Understand that if you as the applicant, or any family members included in the application or third parties acting your behalf, provide (or have provided in a previous application) false or misleading information, or bogus documents either knowingly or otherwise, the visa application will be refused and you may be subject to three year bar in relation to visas to which the fraud criterion applies. Any visa granted may be cancelled.

Effectively, this means that when your visa application is lodged, you must have the intention to work for your sponsoring employer in your nominated role for at least 2 years from the date that the 187 visa is approved.

What are the consequences if you end your employment before completing 2 years following the approval of your visa? Have a read of this post which explains the potential consequences.

 

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream

 

To apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, you need to complete two years of employment with the employer that sponsored you for your 457 visa. Employment with a different 457 visa sponsor cannot be counted towards the two years. You need to have been working in the role that you will be sponsored for under the Subclass 187 visa application for at least 2 out of the last 3 years (excluding periods of unpaid leave).

 

English language requirement – TRT stream

 

You need to have ‘vocational’ English language ability which is satisfied if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand; or
  • The English examination scores that you need to achieve for Vocational English are as follows:
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 5 5 5 5
TOEFL iBT 4 4 14 14
PTE Academic 36 36 36 36
OET B B B B

 

You are exempted from having to satisfy the English language requirement if:

  • You are a Minister of Religion nominated by a religious institution, or
  • Your guaranteed annual earnings for your nominated position is at least equivalent to the highest current Australian individual income tax rate (currently $180,001 per annum), or
  • If you have completed at least 5 years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all the tuition was delivered in English

 

Direct Entry (DE) stream

 

To apply under the DE stream, the following needs to be satisfied:

  • The tasks required (and accordingly the nominated position) corresponds to an occupation at an ANZSCO skill level of 1, 2 or 3. These skill levels generally correspond to occupations which are managerial, professional, or trade based.
  • There is a genuine need for the nominator to employ this employee and that the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is living in that area. Applicants need to show, amongst other criterion, that the position is required and genuine given the nature of the employer’s business, the business’ size and operations, whether the business is expanding or diversifying their activities and whether there is a vacancy in the business. Some Regional Certifying Bodies require evidence of advertisement and responses to them from job applicants to demonstrate that the position had been advertised locally and that no suitable candidate was found.
  • The relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB) has approved the relevant 187 nomination application.

 

Regional Certifying Bodies (“RCB”)

 

A RCB is required to provide advice to the Department in relation to whether the above criteria have been satisfied, that is, the position is genuine given the nature of the business and the position could not be filled by an Australian permanent resident or citizen. They basically conduct their own assessment using similar evidence as that provided for the 187 nomination application, and any additional supporting evidence as specified by the relevant RCB.

RCB application and approval is only required for the 187 DE stream. It is not required for the TRT stream.

Each region has its own RCB and you need to choose the appropriate RCB to conduct this assessment based on your employer’s location (a list of RCBs can be found here). It is also important to note that most RCB charge a fee for this service.

 

 

Relevant work experience

 

The work experience requirement was recently changed. Previously, for certain trade occupations such as Cook, Chef, Plumber etc., you needed to demonstrate 2 years of on-the job training completed as part of your course, or 2 years of relevant work experience.

For these trade occupations, the visa applicant now just needs to demonstrate that he or she has the relevant qualifications or relevant work experience to satisfy the ANZSCO framework. If the applicant relies on an Australian qualification, that qualification must be as specified within the ANZSCO framework for that occupation. For example, if the nominated position were that of a cook (ANZSCO 351411), the applicant must demonstrate one of the following:

  1. hold a relevant AQF Certificate IV or
  2. hold a relevant AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training or two years of post-qualification work experience or
  3. have at least 3 years of relevant experience.

 

Skill Assessment

 

A skill assessment for your nominated occupation is generally not required unless your nominated occupation is one of these listed trade occupations. If your nominated occupation is one of these listed trade occupations, then you need a positive skill assessment or you need to have a relevant Australian qualification that satisfies that ANZSCO requirement.

 

English language requirement – DE Stream

 

The English language requirements for the Direct Entry and Temporary Residence Transition streams are different.

You need to have ‘competent’ English language ability which is satisfied if:

  • If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand; or
  • The English examination scores that you need to achieve for Competent English are as follows:
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT 12 13 21 18
PTE Academic 50 50 50 50
OET B B B B

 

You are exempted from having to satisfy the English language requirement if:

  • You are a Minister of Religion nominated by a religious institution, or
  • Your guaranteed annual earnings for your nominated position is at least equivalent to the highest current Australian individual income tax rate (currently $180,001 per annum)

 

Common eligibility requirements

 

Irrespective of whether you are applying under the Direct Entry or Temporary Residence Transition stream, you need to satisfy these common requirements:

  • You can apply for this visa if you hold a substantive visa, or a bridging visa A, B or C. If you hold a bridging visa, you won’t need to address Schedule 3
  • Age requirement
  • Equivalent terms and conditions of employment
  • If it is compulsory for you to obtain registration or licencing for you to practice in your nominated occupation, then you need to obtain this at the time of your application

 

Age requirement

 

You need to be under 50 years of age at the time that you lodge your application. There are only a few allowed exceptions to this requirement for those applicants that are 50 years of age or over which are outlined below:

  • Ministers of religion nominated by a religious institution
  • Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 who have been nominated by an Australian government agency
  • Senior academics employed by a university in Australia
  • And for Temporary Residence Transition stream only: Persons holding subclass 457 visas, who have a) worked for their nominating employer for at least the 4 year period preceding the visa application and b) been paid at least the Fair Work High Income Threshold (as of 1 July 2013, this amount is $129,300) for each of these 4 years

 

Equivalent terms and conditions of employment

 

  • Your sponsoring employer needs to demonstrate that the terms and conditions of your employment are no less favourable than the terms and conditions of employment for an equivalent Australian citizen or permanent resident (known as the ‘market rate’ requirement). Your employer can show this by providing a copy of the contract of an Australian citizen or permanent resident that is working in the same position and location as your nominated role under the Subclass 187 visa application (other evidence of the Australian’s salary may be acceptable such copies of payslips or payment summaries).
  • If there is no much equivalent Australian, then your employer can provide evidence of what the Australian market salary rate is for your nominated role and show that your guaranteed annual salary is at least equal to the market rate (e.g. provide salary survey data for your industry and role).

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Dependents who are over 18 – Functional English language ability

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This applies for both the DE and TRT streams.

All adult dependents who are over 18 years of age will need to demonstrate ‘functional’ English language ability. This can be demonstrated in a number of ways:

  1. Achieve English examination results outlined below; or
  2. Complete all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  3. Complete at least 5 years of secondary education at institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  4. Complete in Australia at least 1 year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was conducted in English; or
  5. Hold an award (being a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate) that required at least 2 years of full-time study or training; and all instruction (including instruction received in other courses for which the person was allowed credit) for that award was conducted in English.

Required Scores to establish Functional English are as follows:

Test component Average test score
IELTS 4.5
TOEFL iBT 32
PTE Academic 30

 

The application process

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You can only lodge an application using the Department’s online portal.

You can only prepare the online visa application form once your nominating employer has at least started to prepare the nomination application for your role (which is also prepared using the online portal). This is because you need the nomination application TRN which will be issued to your employer once they have started to prepare the nomination application.

You can lodge your visa application while you are inside or outside of Australia (but you won’t be granted a Bridging Visa A that is associated with your Subclass 186 visa application if you are outside of Australia at the time of lodgement).

After you have lodged the application, you upload the supporting documents electronically. As part of the initial application, you do not need to submit any actual paper work or forms. It is all online.

In my experience with NSW applications, normal processing time is 3-8 months.

 

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How much does this visa cost?

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The below is just a list of the relevant government lodgement fees:

  • 186 nomination application: $540
  • Base application fee: $3520
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years and over: $1760
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years or under: 880

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Secondary visa application charge (SVAC)

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This needs to be paid if anyone in your application who does not satisfy the English language requirement that applies to them. However, as the primary applicant, you need to meet the English language requirement. If you do not meet the English language requirement – then one of the exemptions outlined above must apply to you. If one of the exemptions apply to you as the primary applicant, then you need to pay the SVAC if you also do not have ‘functional’ English language ability.

This fee is paid at the time of decision so your case officer will contact you at the time that the payment is required.

As the primary applicant, if you don’t have functional English language ability, then the SVAC is $8,520. For other adult dependents that can’t demonstrate functional English, the SVAC is $4,520.

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Frequently asked questions

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  1. Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work that I completed under another visa like 485 and student visa?
    A: No
  2. Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work completed with a different employer?
    A: No
  3. Q: For the TRT stream, can I lodge my application before I complete 2 years of full-time work if I am close to completing 2 years?
    A: No – you must satisfy the 2 year requirement at the time of application

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678 thoughts on “Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa

  1. Sandip

    Hi peng, I am working in a restaurent as a chef and i have been working there for nearly two years, I was about to get sponsered there but rule changed, will i be able to get long term visa 4 years with my current position as I will continuing in the same place ? As i dont have overseas experience to fullfill 3 years experience ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sandip,
      For chef occupation, the maximum 457 visa validity period is 4 years.
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Gourav

    Hiee , I read your future comments that you are saying t they are processing Aug .file now of 186and 187 employer nomination scheme Visa .But I applied in June and I haven’t received anything .Can u please tell me how long they gonna take .
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gourav,
      We are sorry but we don’t have information in relation to the Department’s internal processes so we can only provide average processing time information for standard applications. We suggest that you speak with the Department if you need specific information in relation to your application.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Owen Wu

    Hi Peng,

    Do you think the abolition of visa 457 would have much impact on the visa 187 application? Thank you.

    Reply
  4. AJ

    Hello,

    I am a hotel Duty Manager and my colleague has applied for Visa 187 and is still waiting. i have just been told that they have identified only 1 duty manager for the company to be sponsored. My colleague should be getting her PR within a month. Does that mean that once she gets it, I can apply or should I wait for her 2 years to be over then I can apply?
    Thanks heaps.
    AJ

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi AJ,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  5. John

    Hi peng
    In 18 april 2017 some rules in 457 visa changed. Now i am holding 457 visa from last two year and i am planning to apply 187 visa (temporary residence transition stream) next week. Is there anything affected to me for those 457 visa change in 18 april 2017 ?
    My question is
    1. CAN I APPLY 187 VISA NEXT WEEK ? (I already work more than 2 years under 457 visa)
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi John,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Prabh

    Hi peng , i have lodged nomination of 187 in sept 2016 and visa in January 2017 offshore. How long it could take . Immi count the time from nomination or vvisa file .
    Thanks

    Reply
  7. Md

    Just a question that English language is expiring very soon and the CO is not appointed do they ask to take the test again or what happens to such a scenario.. coz hell of a waiting for retail managers applications was Aug 2016 both nomination and visa

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      English exam for the primary applicant just needs to be valid at the time of visa lodgement – this can expire after lodgement.
      PC

      Reply
  8. paul

    Hi Peng,
    My nomination lodged in January 2015 and visa for rsms in July 2015.. Still now no case officer. When we contacted department they are saying still under process and 25% outside standard time..
    We are currently on bridging visa… How long can we stay like this ?
    Any suggestion?
    Will wait for your reply
    Thanks
    Ps

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Paul,
      Sorry I really don’t, other than correspond with the Department with your concerns – not much that anyone can do about the Department’s processing time.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Samrat

    hi Peng,
    I have applied 187 visa in Oct and applied 485 visa in 9 th of March. Now I have 2 bridging visa. My question is after finished my student visa which bridging visa will effective. I am worry about work limitation.
    Thanks

    Reply
  10. Raji

    Hi Peng

    Thanks in advance for answering my query.
    My query is: I lodged my RSMS nomination application on 12th July 2016. Still I am waiting for result. My visa is expiring in August 2016. What do you think according to new rules result could be negative or positive?
    On the other hand, I have completed 2 years with my employer & now I am eligible for ENS scheme.
    What you recommend should i go for ENS & wait for RSMS?
    If i apply for ENS then how long it will take in WA?

    Many Thanks!
    Kind Regards
    Raji

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raji,
      See DIBP website for processing time: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/186-
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice about your application just based on your comment information – I’d need to have a look before we can provide advice.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  11. Mohan Kumar

    Dear Peng I applied for my VISA in 2016 and still my file is not opened and my agent said I can’t view my file on IMMI account, because they have applied under Agent IMMI account. My friend told me we also can access it opening a new IMMI account and importing it with TRN number or something.

    Please tel me if there’s a way to do so.

    Cheers

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I believe that you can import an application if you have the TRN – sorry I don’t know the process.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Jayrut Patel

    Hi,

    I have a query regarding my sponsoring emoloyer. I have an employer willing to sponsor me for rsms from regional queensland and wants to expedite the process. But they have already sponsored another employee for rsms and their visa was granted just last month. I want to go ahead with the paperwork but everyone is advising me not to, as people seem to belive that employer have to wait for 2 years before sponsoring someone else. Is that true?

    Reply
  13. Leah

    Hi, I have a question regarding skills assessment for a chef applying for the 187 Direct Entry Stream. Is skills testing mandatory for this type of application?

    The employer nomination and everything has already been completed.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Leah,
      Please see above explanation:

      Skill Assessment

      A skill assessment for your nominated occupation is generally not required unless your nominated occupation is one of these listed trade occupations. If your nominated occupation is one of these listed trade occupations, then you need a positive skill assessment or you need to have a relevant Australian qualification that satisfies that ANZSCO requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Aman Sandhu

    Hi Peng!
    My RCB in under process, already 2 months gone not getting any reply. I see all of the comments on your webpage that it takes many months, might be more than a year fr whole 187 visa process. Still I’m in Out of Australia , my student visa 572 was cancelled, mean time I applied 457 visa it also cancelled, DiBP objected that bcs my student visa cancelled so I applied work visa. My question is can I apply now student visa for uni ? Any objection or trouble? I don’t want to fade my career and. Waste time.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aman,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  15. Harry

    Hi peng, just wanted to ask that my nomination approved last month and I have applied visa one week after approval, do it takes like 6-8 months for the visa approval or it will be opened soon coz of the nomination approval?

    Thanks

    Reply
  16. Balsharan singh

    Hi peng,
    I applied for a RSMS on 25th may 2016 and still waiting for result and my nomination was applied 1 month before my visa application. It has been more than 10 months and I am still waiting for nomination and visa approval. How long they will take??

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Balsharan,
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements.
      Suggest that you contact DIBP for an update.
      PC

      Reply
  17. GEOFF

    HI Peng,
    If i got cer III of baking and diploma of hospitality management.
    work for my employer for 18 month.
    is it can help me to exempted the work experience for RSMS?
    thanks a lot

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Geoff,
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Ajay

    Hi Peng ,
    Ive been approved 187 visa in June 2016 but due to cyclone Debbie in Whitsundays region , the company is shutting down the resort for next one. If I go and find another job in Australia , would there be a problem with my visa ? My employer has advised me to go and work anywhere in Australia , can I work in metropolitan city as well ?

    Reply
  19. Noor

    Hi peng,
    My ajent said that he already applied rcb application but i did not sign the employment contract so he was saying that we need contract when we apply nomination. Can we apply rcb aplication without sign the contract . And can we apply rcb and nomination at the same time .
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Noor,
      Can we apply rcb aplication without sign the contract – depends on the RCB that you are applying to and their requirements.
      And can we apply rcb and nomination at the same time – yes.
      PC

      Reply
  20. zizi

    Hi Peng, On the immigration website, it says that “Two processing times will be displayed for most subclasses, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications globally”. It means some cases will be finalised sooner or later compare to standard time? Thanks Peng!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Yes this is only an indication of processing times: indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications globally
      PC

      Reply
      1. zizi

        Thanks for your reply. By the way, do you have any 187 caces that got visa less than 6 months recently? Thanks once again!

        Reply
  21. Karan Mehta

    Dear Peng,
    I would like to request you for the suggestion for me regarding 187 RSMS direct entry. Is it necessary to work full time with employer before visa grant ? as I am working with my employer on a casual basis, does it affect on my visa grant? My employer says he will give me full time as my visa gets approved. Secondly, once RCB approved my position as a Retail Manager is there any chances from DIBP saying non genuine position? Please explain. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Karan,
      Is it necessary to work full time with employer before visa grant ? There isn’t a legal requirement for a 187 visa.
      Secondly, once RCB approved my position as a Retail Manager is there any chances from DIBP saying non genuine position? DIBP completes its own assessments, including assessing genuineness.
      PC

      Reply
  22. mani

    Hi Peng. This is mani I have applied my nomination mid of April 2016 and my r back got approved in august and I have applied my visa on 20 of sep… how much more time immigration will take.. pls advice me something I have already checked immigration website

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mani,
      I think that the Department is looking at RSMS applications lodged in August 2016 or earlier at the moment.
      Your application should be allocated to a case officer in the next few months.
      PC

      Reply
    2. sushma

      Hi Peng,,i applied my 187 visa on 16 march 2016..i got my nomination approved on 17 jan. 2017.but i havent heard anything back for my visa..its been one year already..can u plzz tell me how long they are taking? Thank you

      Reply
      1. Peng Cheng Post author

        Hi Sushma,
        Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
        Suggest you contact the Department if you need an update.
        PC

        Reply
  23. Sukh

    Hi sir , what about time period of rsms How many months they r taking for nomination it’s too long now isn’t it.

    Reply
  24. Randeep

    Hi peng
    Just wondering is it the same time frame for rsms 2016 or its increased
    As I lodged my nomination in September 2016 haven’t heard anything yet

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I think that the Department is looking at RSMS applications lodged in August 2016 or earlier at the moment.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Arafat Ansari

    Hi Peng,
    I have recently applied RSMS 187 visa, currently the website says it takes around 11 to 12 months for approval. This delay I believe is due to immigration staff cut and strike in past. Just to speed up the processing the immi had started to process applications from Jan and jun 17 this year. Do you see any reduction in processing times when they finish it the first segment of Jan to jun the processing time. At least then they will look into only one segment of the processing time.

    Reply
  26. Harry

    Hello Peng,
    Thanks for your previous replies. I have just read a news that the course should be of more than 50 weeks for applying RSMS or 457 visa. Do you have any information about this??

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Sorry I haven’t heard about this – share link if you have a reference from an Australian government website.
      PC

      Reply
  27. jass

    Hi peng
    My diploma of management was only for 9 months. Is it sufficient to apply for 187 as manager. I heard that applicant need at least one year management diploma to apply for 187 or 457 visa.

    Reply
  28. Dev

    Hi Peng,I lived in Australia for 8.5 yrs and I worked in 5 star hotel property for more than 8yrs. I went back to overseas in Aug 2016,now I am trying to find an employer who can sponsor (rsms) me, so just wondering am I eligible for rsms cause I am in overseas?
    Really appreciate you reply
    Thanking you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dev,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  29. Aman

    Hi peng
    I applied nomination on 8th may 2016(11months) and visa application on 18 August in Victoria . Still haven’t heard anything from immigration !! How long it will take ? Will I get nomination and visa approval at same time ? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aman,
      Your processing time is probably beyond the Department’s standard processing times.
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
      You and/or your employer can follow-up with the Department if you wish.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Rizwan

    HI
    I have been working with a medical deputizing company in Adelaide (SA) from the past 1 year and 2 months. The company sponsored me for RSMS 187 visa direct entry which is still in process. I received my RCB approval straightaway in 60 days. Have launched Step 2 and Step 3 and they are still under process and I am waiting for a case officer to be assigned.
    Its just last week that the company has decided to merge with a much bigger company. The new employer knows I have my 187 in process and they are happy to provide any help if needed.
    My duties are the same, my contract, office phone number, office address, contact person to whom I report to is the same, my designation, all the services we provide are exactly the same.
    All I am a bit worried about is that will this change in the employer effect my 187 application as some say it wont according to the new legislation but a few say it might if the ABN gets changed.
    It has been almost 5 months now since I lodged my 187 and I am waiting now for the case officer to be assigned.
    Can you please give your opinion about this case
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rizwan,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

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  31. kansu

    Hello Peng
    I heard that immigration gonna increase processing time from six months to eleven months soon for rsms visa .Is that is true please let us know .

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      1. Md

        Hello Peng
        As immigration had changed the time frame for RSMS application from 6 months previously to 11 months now is it going to effect all the application or is it just for the new application
        Thank you

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          You’ll probably see longer processing times for all lodged applications. Processing times for recently lodged applications will probably be in line with the processing times stated on the Department’s website.
          PC

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  32. Md

    Hello Peng do you guys have any approvals for RSMS 187 visa which was submitted end July 2016 and usually how many days would it take for approval once the case officer is appointed
    Thank you

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi MD,
      Yes we have.
      Case officer usually takes around 4-6 weeks to make a decision once the matter is allocated.
      PC

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    2. Kamal

      Hi MD , I launched my file on 1st July 2016 and it got allocated to a case officer on 4th Feb 2017 and the case officer asked for more information and I got the nomination approved on 14th March 2017 and now submitting my documents for visa file.good luck with your case .thanks

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  33. Syed

    Hello peng,
    What is the processing time for 2016 RSMS applications at the movement in nsw as I have applied on 22 Aug 2016 there is no reponce from the immigration
    Thank you

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      DIBP should be looking at August 2016 applications at the moment. Processing time for individual applications will vary.
      PC

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  34. Joseph

    Hi Peng, As you know RSMS has removed from Perth. Will this decision effect on the applications which have applied in the last year? Thanks

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joseph,
      My understanding is that this affects currently pending and future RCB applications – don’t think that this affects approved RCB applications.
      PC

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  35. jayrut patel

    Hi Peng,
    I have applied for RSMS in WA on 9th of March before the labor party came into power. We lodge business nomination and Visa application together. But due to one pending document we decided to lodge RCB nomination on the next Monday. Unfortunately, there was election that weekend and labor party suspended new RCB nomination . I am scared that they wont accept my nomination application now. What can I do to avoid possible rejection? Will they allow me to finish application since technically we did make visa and business nomination application on 9th March. Any kind of information or advise will be much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Jay

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jay,
      If I could answer your question just based on your comment information I would, but sorry I would need to have a look over circumstances before we can provide advice.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

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  36. Syed

    Hi Peng ,
    Do you think the processing time for 187 visa is same in every state or it differs from state to state, do they have different processing centers in every state who access only for that particular state.
    Thank you

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