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Countryside RDA Central West NSW

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187)

Due to increased operating costs over the past few years, RDA Central West’s RSMS RCB Assessment Fee has been adjusted accordingly, to AUD $660.00 per application as of 1 Nov 2017. Please be advised account details have changed – see details below – and a $30.00 admin fee applies to funds deposited into incorrect accounts. 

Australian_Crest_BWA standard non-refundable processing fee of $660 (including GST) applies to all applications prior to processing. Please check new account details and ensure applications are submitted with sufficient time for processing (up to 12 weeks).

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is a visa program that allows employers in regional, remote or low population areas to sponsor workers from overseas to fill skilled vacancies in their business that they have been unable to fill locally.

RDA Central West is the Regional Certifying Body for the Central West NSW region which encompasses the 11 Local Government Areas of: Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin. Please check location before applying. 

A map of all RDA Regions across NSW is available here.

What we do as a Regional Certifying Body?

The only Visa that RDA Central West currently certifies is Visa subclass 187 – Direct Entry Stream. This visa gives the skilled migrant permanent residency in Australia. Businesses are required to provide two years full-time employment to the migrant. For further information visit border.gov.au

The Direct Entry stream is for:

  • people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
  • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia
  • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

Information provided in the application will be used to determine if the three requirements under the Migration Regulations 5.19(4) as outlined on DIBP Form 1404 following criteria is satisfied:

  1. There is a genuine need for a paid employee in a business operated by the employer that is actively and lawfully operating in a Regional area of Australia.
  2. The terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would apply to an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident performing the same work in the same location.
  3. The nominated position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

RDA Central West provides advice for processing applications on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. We consider applications from regional businesses who are applying to the Department of Home Affairs to sponsor a skilled migrant to fill a skill shortage or occupations in high demand.

Documentary Requirements/Assessment Criteria

For a complete list of documents required to process Visa subclass 187 applications click here: RDA Central West Assessment List 2017

You must also complete Form 1404 from the Department of Home Affairs.

For ease of processing, please do not staple the documents together.

Please mail all RSMS Visa applications to:

RSMS Officer
RDA Central West
PO Box 172
Orange NSW 2800

The RSMS Visa Officer works two days per week and is available to answer questions by phone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, 9am – 5pm on 02 6369 1600 

Processing Time

We aim to process applications within 4-12 weeks, depending on current demand. However we cannot guarantee that applications can be assessed in under 12 weeks – please ensure applications are received with sufficient time for assessment.

To find out current processing times please refer to the Department of Home Affairs Skilled Migration Visa Processing Times webpage.

What if my nomination doesn’t meet the requirements?
If we don’t assess your application as meeting the criteria we will inform you, however we are not in a position to provide details.

The Department of Home Affairs will reach its own decision  having regard to our advice. The applicant will have the opportunity to provide the Department with additional documentation and have the ‘right to review’.

Processing Fees

From 1 November 2017, a standard non-refundable processing fee of $660 (including GST) will apply to all applications. Please be advised account details (below) have recently changed. A $30.00 admin fee will apply to all payments made to incorrect accounts. 

Applications will not be processed until payment is received.

Payments must be made to the correct account, listed below.

Payment options

We accept payment by Electronic Funds Transfer only. 
We do not accept credit card payments, and no longer accept cheques or money orders. 

It is essential to reference the payment with the name of the nominating business AND the applicants surname, to ensure proper payment identification. Please include a copy of the bank receipt payment.

Account Details: Regional Development Australia Central West
BSB: 032 833
Account number: 529968

A $30.00 admin fee will apply to all payments made to incorrect accounts.

Useful links

Department of Home Affairs

Phone: 131 881