187 RSMS Visa
Information for employers who want to nominate a skilled worker (and members of their family unit included in their application), for this visa.
Who can nominate a skilled worker for this visa
You can nominate a skilled worker for this visa if:
- you actively and lawfully operate a business in regional Australia.
- you have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
- you offer a skilled position in the applicant’s field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
- you pay a market salary rate
- you comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
- there is no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with your business.
You must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream.
Latest 187 visa changes
For regional permanent employer sponsored skilled visa (187 visa) program you must:
- Occupation lists: The MLTSSL will now apply to both the 186 ENS and the 187 RSMS visa, with additional occupations available to support regional employers for the RSMS.
- Minimum market salary rate: Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.
- Residency: The eligibility period to transition to permanent residence will be extended from two to three years (people on a 457 visa and wanting to apply for 186/187 visa).
- Work experience: At least three years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation will be required.
- Age: All applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application.
- MLTSSL will apply to ENS/RSMS with additional regional occupations, eligibility period for PR extended from 2 to 3 years, at least 3 years’ work experience required, under 45 years of age, contribution towards training fund.
- Training requirement: Employers nominating a worker for an ENS or RSMS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF levy). The contribution will be:
- payable in full at the time the worker is nominated.
- $3,000 for small businesses (those with annual turnover of less than $10 million) and $5,000 for other businesses.
- If you are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the STSOL list, it can only be granted for 2 years. There will be one (only) further extension allowed after that for another 2 years. You will not be allowed to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa under that occupation if it is on the STSOL.
- If I have held a 457 visa for the last 2 years and now eligible for 186 Transition (TRT) will I be affected by the new 3 years’ work experience requirement? We still do not know if this requirement has to be met at time of lodgement or at time of grant of the 186 TRT visa.