Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – permanent visa

As the name suggests it involves sponsorship or to be precise nomination from a Australian employer in a position located in a designated regional area of Australia.  The RSMS program is often a suggestion we provide to skilled workers who may not qualify for independent skilled migration and cannot locate a suitable offer of employment and sponsorship in the more highly populated capital cities.  Regional employers particularly those located in more remote regions of Australia are often desperately in need of qualified and willing workers in skilled positions.

Unlike the subclass 457 of the TSS Visa program holders who may seek to work  with the one employer in the desire to transition to permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) the RSMS visa is a permanent residence visa from grant.  Following grant the visa holder has the obligation to fulfill the nominated regional employment for a minimum 2 years. Failure to make genuine effort to fill the position or leaving the position within the 2 year period can result in cancellation of the RSMS visa.

For regionally located employers RSMS provides the opportunity to fill skilled positions without the more extensive sponsorship obligations attracted to the subclass 457 and TSS Visa programs.

RSMS also has larger list of eligible occupations under Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

It is important to note that although the prospects for approval of a nomination increase with the remoteness of the position, regional areas are defined by postcode and some designated regional areas for RSMS include;

  • Nerang and Carrara on the Gold Coast, Queensland (QLD)
  • All of the Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Geelong 1 hour drive from Melbourne
  • All of Western Australian excluding the capital city Perth
  • All of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) including capital city Canberra
  • All of South Australia including capital city Adelaide
  • Northern New South Wales (NSW) bordering the Gold Coast, QLD


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