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

  1. Happy

    Hi peng
    I have applied 187 DE as a cook offshore in aug 2016 …which month are they processing now and does it affect my visa because of offshore application
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I would say that your processing time is beyond the standard processing time. You will need to speak to the department if you need information in relation to your application. Unfortunately, the Department generally does not provide useful information when you follow-up in relation to pending applications.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Sam

    Hi there, Ive applied for rsms in feb 18 and now on bridging visa c, im feeling traped as I can’t travel on this visa and processing time is so long. Is there any solution or any other visa so I can go for holidays at least?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      Sorry I don’t think that there are any solutions that would allow you to travel and return to Australia.
      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
  3. Legend

    Hi peng!
    Is the processing time of 187 starts from the nomination submission date or visa submission date. Beacuse i submited my nomination 2 month before my visa submission. Can u please help me out by giving the reply.
    Thanka

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Legend,
      Department should assess both applications at the same time, or maybe the visa application a few months after the nomination application.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Tirath

    hi peng
    The RSMS nomination of my husband got rejected last month. Now he applied his AAT. I have a question that he can visit to India while his review?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tirath,
      If you hold a bridging visa A or B, then you can apply for a bridging visa B for international travel.
      PC

      Reply
    2. RAzz

      What was the occupation your husband got rejected for and from which state? If you could share it can be really helpful for us thanks

      Reply
  5. Ramhari

    Hi
    What should we answer for the QN 1 of the 1404 form to apply RCB?
    Has the nomination been lodged?
    NO or Yes?
    If yes: it asks again Transaction Reference Number: what has to be written in this TRN
    Please advice me?
    Is it all in the Numbers form or in a different format
    My employer put all the numbers like this 234187753( nine number) is it correct?
    Where can my employer find TRN for the answer YES of the QN 1?
    Will this hamper for my RSMS visa application?
    Please help me thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ramhari,
      After the business lodges its 187 nomination application, the Department’s acknowledgement email and PDF attachments will provide the nomination TRN.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Pooja Patel

    Hi peng,
    I am on bridging visa of Rsms from WA on January 2017 where RSMS is been removed now .If encase my visa refused are we able to file AAT.AAt will make decision based on previous rule or they will make decision on new rule as Perth is not available on Rsms .
    If I would like to study further different course can I apply offshore student visa .Please reply me
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pooja,
      Your applications should be assessed under the old law that applied when you lodged your applications.
      You can lodge an offshore student visa application if you wish.
      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
  7. Reet

    Hi Peng
    lodged my 187 visa application offshore and I was back to Australia. Currently working with my sponsored employer. Just wondering how my decision will be made, onshore or offshore and how long it will take after opening the file ?

    Reply
  8. Aman

    Hello peng! Case officer made a request for documents and I had submitted (187 visa). What’s the average time they take after we submitted the requested documents? Thanks

    Reply
        1. Guru

          Aman can u tell us more
          That what is ur occupation and from which state u applied ur case ?
          Is that u applied both nomination and visa at same time ???
          Plz reply soon
          Thnx

          Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Department can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks or longer to finalise an application once they have all required information and documents, although there is no set processing time for a final decision.
      Best of luck with your application.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Lakshman

    Hi Peng,
    It will be greatly appreciated if you can give the answer to my question.
    I have applied for RSMS visa as Registered Nurse (Aged Care) in 8/02/2018.
    My employer applied RCB on January 12, 2018. RCB office has informed my employer that they will finish the process in this week. My employer applied nomination after the RCB application. We have not heard anything about nomination result. Am on a right track?
    Now, what is the steps should be followed by my employer and me (as an applicant).
    Are there any ceilings in RSMS visa in accordance with the occupation?
    Is that different dates of application for RCB, Nomination and Visa application will hamper the RSMS process?
    Or I have to apply on the same date or not?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lakshman,
      My employer applied nomination after the RCB application. We have not heard anything about nomination result. Am on a right track?
      The Department would have sent an acknowledgement email for the nomination application. This is generally all the employers would receive after lodging the nomination application. You may receive correspondence from a case officer if any further documentation or information is required.
      Are there any ceilings in RSMS visa in accordance with the occupation?
      No there is no occupation ceilings for the RSMS visa.
      Is that different dates of application for RCB, Nomination and Visa application will hamper the RSMS process? Or I have to apply on the same date or not?
      No that should not affect the processing.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Pradhan

    Dear Sir
    I am on Bridging visa 187 (still active) but unfortunately my nomination got rejected few days back.
    So am I eligible to apply for a new student visa before my 187 bridging visa gets refused after 28 days.
    or what option I have to stay back in Australia apart from appeal to AAT

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pradhan,
      Sorry you can’t apply for a student visa as a bridging visa holder.
      Unfortunately 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
  11. Millard Supanga

    May I please ask if the 17 to 19 months processing only for the Visa application and does not include the RCB and Nomination Application. Thank you and God bless.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      That is processing time from when you lodged your nomination and/or visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Millard Supanga

    Thanks for this inquiry board on 187 Visa. It certainly helps a lot. I just want to inquire if the 17 to 19 months Visa application includes the RCB approval and nomination approval application. Thank you.

    Reply
  13. Gary

    Hello sir
    I applied for my visa 187 on 31 sep17 direct entry but my agent applied for my RCB after 5 months of the longement will this effect my visa and i was working full time with my sposered employer durring that time.
    Pls reply
    Thanks alot

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gary,
      You can obtain the RCB approval at any time during the Department’s processing time for the 187 nomination application.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Bhaumick Patel

    Hi Peng,
    I lodged my nomination for subclass 187 on 30 June 2017.

    Is there any way to track my nomination application?
    Can I get figures on which month’s applictions are under process?

    Reply
    1. Akhi

      Hi bhaumick I have applied for 187 on the same day 30 june 2017
      as a restaurant manager, I have got my rcb did you hear anything from the department yet?
      Akhi!!

      Reply
  15. mohit

    Hi peng, I have applied rsms visa last year, July 2017. at the moment i am holding 485 visa which will expire on July this year also I have bridging visa which will come to effect on July this year. If my nomination will refused on bridging visa what other option that i have? can i apply 489 visa if i have skill assessment ? if i don’t want to apply AAT.?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mohit,
      You may be able to apply for a General skilled migration visa like the 489 visa if you receive an invitation.
      If you have a visa refusal and are in Australia on a bridging visa, then you need to lodge your next visa application when you are outside of Australia:
      http://myaccessaustralia.com/barred-from-making-visa-application-section-48-migration-act/
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice in relation to your visa eligibility 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
  16. Ash

    Hi Peng
    I just wondering how long does it take for subsequent entrant visa (457)
    My wife is offshore I applied in end of January 2018 haven’t heard anything yet
    Look forward to hearing from ya
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ash,
      Department’s processing time is varies a lot at the moment unfortunately – I’d estimate 3-6 months.
      PC

      Reply
  17. Aman

    Hi Peng,
    I applied my 187 visa application in December 2016 .do have any idea when I will see any update from immigration?

    Reply
  18. Kulwinder

    Hi Peng,
    I applied 186 on October 2016 but unfortunately I got refusal on 2 of March so I have a question? If I will apply AAT than how many chances for that and any others option for me because I have more than 3 years experience as a cook.
    Thanks
    Kulwinder

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kulwinder,
      We are sorry but we can’t provide advice just based on the information that you have provided. Please see in​​​formation in relation to our consultation service if you would like to book a time to discuss your​ ​visa options: ​​http://peng-cheng-bwdt.squarespace.com/services/
      PC

      Reply
    2. Alvi

      Hi Kulwinder
      Would you like to let us the reason for refusal please?
      I am also waiting for 187 as a Cook.
      If you have 3 years paid experience then you have the options.
      Thanks

      Reply
  19. AH

    Hi there,
    Thank you for post up this topic.
    My situation is that I had been to Australia before and hold 485 visa. It expired. I am living outside Australia. My potential employer want to sponsor me with visa 187(RSMS). I wonder if the employer could also get a bridging visa or other kind of visa for me , so that I could start the job asap?
    Thanks.
    AH

    Reply
  20. Owen Wu

    Hi Peng,

    I lodged my previous 187 application as a cafe manager in August 2016 but unfortunately the application was refused. I lodged another 187 application as a contract administrator in a building company in January this year and I wonder would the processing time be any shorter than the standard given the fact that they had proceeded my application before? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I think that your application will be subject to the Department’s standard processing time.
      PC

      Reply
  21. Hardeep

    Hi peng, 3 years work experience means full time or can be part time as well , for 187 under new rules ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hardeep,
      PT experience is counted on a pro rata basis (i.e. 12 months equals 6 months of FT work).
      PC

      Reply
  22. Razz

    Hey Peng, lot of hearings about processing time will go down after March. Is that true? Your opinion on this will be much appreciated! Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Department is looking to reduce processing times – sorry don’t expect this to happen anytime soon.
      PC

      Reply
  23. kapil

    Hi Peng
    I got my employer nomination approval today for RSMS 187. Now how much time visa officer will take for visa outcomes?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kapil,
      Hopefully in the next few months if you lodge the visa and nomination at the same time.
      PC

      Reply
    2. Shergill

      Hi kapil could you please tell us that when did you applied your nomination application that would be very helpful for us Thanks !!

      Reply
    3. Awan

      Hi Kapil
      Would you like to tell us how long did it take on your nomination application from lodgement to approval?
      Thanks

      Reply
    4. Mani

      Hi Kapil, can you please tell me which month and year did you apply 187 and which position ? Actually I applied in August 2016 as cook. If you answer my question it may give me bit of relief. Thanks in advance

      Reply
    5. Ritika

      Hi kapil, congratulations for approval of your nomination. Could you please tell more about your company profile as these days employer genuineness is the most significant part in rsms so the applicants of rsms can get some idea. Eg. company’s turn over, number of employees and operations of business etc. your response would be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

      Reply
    6. Ritika

      Hi Kapil, congratulations for nomination approval. I have applied for rsms under office manager occupation. I wanted to know if you can share about your company profile like operations, turnover, number of employees etc. as nowadays trend is going very negative for sponsored visas and applicants like me can get some relief. Your response on my query would be highly appreciated. Thanks un advance.

      Reply
  24. Martin

    Hi Peng,

    I just lodged my application for a 187 visa today. I am currently on a substantive visa (working holiday visa 417). I am just wondering if I need to do anything to get a bridging visa A, or if it is going to be automatically generated and granted, so that it can take into place when my visa expires?

    There is no indication on my Immi Account regarding any bridging visa. I haven’t received any email.

    My current visa is going to expire the 2nd of march, so I am a bit short in time…

    Thank you for your help

    Martin

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Martin,
      You should receive your bridging visa shortly after you lodge your 187 visa application – you can contact the Department if you haven’t received this yet.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Ziaul Alam

    Hello!!
    I have a question regarding the visa decision time line. Is the time counted from visa submission date or nomination submission date?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      If both the nomination and visa applications were lodged around the same time, then these applications should be decided around the same time.
      PC

      Reply
  26. Adam

    Hi Peng,

    congratulation for your hard work. just wondering if you could assist me here too. I am on 187(regional Victoria) since October 2017. I am working with same company since last 4 years full time. My company sponsored me and I got my 187 last year on October.

    uncertainty could happen sometime, my company is forced to shutting down their operation in regional Victoria in coming month. However, being a good reputation at work place, they offering me a similar position full time at metro(Melbourne) area.

    Moreover, I knew I can leave and work anywhere in Australia even on 187 if this is not my fault . That’s the exactly my question and queries are. can I rally move anywhere and live and work outside regional Victoria if my company is shutting down their operation?

    There is so many people who posted similar question above but really can not get adequate answer. Is that possible you provide a simple answer “please” whether it is possible or not to leave regional area before completing even 1 year if it is not my fault.

    You will be appreciated,

    Thanks,

    Reply
      1. Akhi

        Hi Peng ,
        I have applied 187(rsms) as a restaurant manager in June 2017 offshore, I got my rcb approved but still haven’t got any updates on my application, do you roughly how long it will take to process my application? thank you!

        Reply
  27. Mario Hughes

    Hi
    I have been offered sposorship for pr
    But it didnt proceed because I’m over 50yrs.
    How do i find out who is an agreement stream employer.
    I am a sought after critical care nurse and will move and commit to a new employer to get pr. Currently on a 457.
    Cheers
    Mario Hughes

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mario,
      I think only the Department would have this information – don’t think that this is publicly accessible.
      PC

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  28. NPATEL

    HI ,
    I applied 187 direct entry last year April 2017 but i did not get any update i have some question
    1- how long it will take ?
    2- i am on student visa and i will exp next sep 2018 i have to extensions my student visa or i can live in Australia with 187 bridging until decision take
    thanks

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  29. Aman

    Taking around two years processing time for rsms is such a harassment. All files should be processed within mentioned time at the time of lodgement.

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  30. Rcb

    Hi Peng,

    I have found a new employer who is willing to sponsor me for rsms visa as a chef. My ielts certificate has scored listening 6.5, writing 6.5, speaking 6 however my reading i gor only 5.5 and obs is 6. Can we still lodge my rsms visa? then we just follow my new ielts certificate once I got the required scores. as I read that i need minimum of 6 in all section.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Sorry Rob but you need to have the required English result at the time that you lodge your application as explained in the above post.
      PC

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  31. John

    Hi peng
    I applied 187 visa transition stream as a cook in 27 april 2017, which is more than 9 month. I have’nt receive any news from immi yet.
    My bridging visa condition NIL ( what does that NIL means)
    And says when bridging visa is in effect, you will have full permisson to work.
    Now I am working full time as a cook under 187 bridging visa who sponsor me.
    My question is can i do another job after my full time job hour or in my dayoff?

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi John,
      Nil means that your bridging visa isn’t subject to any conditions – yes hence you can have more than one job.
      PC

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