Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187)
A standard non-refundable processing fee of $440 (includes GST) applies to all applications prior to processing.
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.
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:
- 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 are of Australia.
- 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.
- 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 Immigration. We consider applications from regional businesses who are applying to the Department of Immigration 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 click here: RDA Central West Assessment List 2017
You must also complete Form 1404 from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
For ease of processing, please do not staple the documents together.
Please mail all RSMS Visa applications to:
RDA Central West
PO Box 172
Orange NSW 2800
The RSMS Visa Officer is available to answer questions by phone on Mondays & Thursdays 9am-4pm on 02 6369 1600
We aim to process applications within 4-12 weeks, depending on current demand. To find out current processing times visit the Department of Immigration’s 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 Immigration 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’.
A standard non-refundable processing fee of $440 (includes GST) applies to all applications. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.
It is essential to reference the name of the nominating business with your payment. Please include a copy of the bank receipt payment.
We accept payment by:
Electronic Funds Transfer
We do not accept credit card payments.
RDA Central West
BSB: 032 833
Account number: 336867
Phone: 131 881