Regional Sponsored Australian Migration Scheme
Though many overseas applicants want to work in Australia’s big cities, there are plenty of opportunities available through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). If you’re a skilled foreign worker looking for information about Australia Visas, we can help. Our global network of offices is staffed by specially-trained immigration experts ready to provide guidance and support at every stage of your immigration.
Australia's immigration system is complex, and there are a number of sponsored migration schemes. Selecting the right one for your situation is crucial to success, so we are on hand to ensure that you have the best chance of immigrating to Australia.
Visas available under RSMS
Regional sponsored migration is a way for Australian companies located in the regions or areas of low population growth to recruit highly skilled overseas workers for permanent roles. As a skilled foreign worker, there are two options for getting RSMS visas through Immigration Australia:
- If you are already living and working in Australia on a qualifying visa, you can apply for an onshore RSMS visa. Even without a qualifying visa, you may still be eligible provided that any previous visas expired no more than 28 days before making your RSMS application.
- Overseas workers who are currently outside Australia can apply for the offshore RSMS visa. This subclass is also available to applicants who are in Australia without a qualifying visa. They may lodge an application while in Australia, but must be outside the country when the visa is granted.
How the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme works
Australia’s RSMS gets skilled overseas workers moving to Australia to fill positions with companies from the Australian regions seeking to recruit.
To complete a regional sponsorship, first an Australian employer located in an eligible area has to nominate the position they wish to fill. Areas that do not qualify under the scheme include Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The employer also has to arrange certification by a Regional Certification Body (RCB). The RCBs are set up to help regional employers fill posts and to ensure that the vacancies are genuine and not able to be filled by Australian workers. The job must be full-time and open for at least two consecutive years.
Once the right candidate accepts the offer from the nominating regional employer, they have to apply for a suitable visa. To be granted a permanent visa, the applicant must meet the age, skill and language requirements.
Successful applicants for a RSMS visa are granted the right to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. Other benefits include eligibility for Australian citizenship and the right to sponsor others for permanent residence.
IXP Case Studies
How we helped an Australian employer
Regina manages human resources for a large plumbing company with offices throughout Australia. Some of their regional offices were very difficult to recruit for, so they turned to IXP to help.
"We'd advertised the positions for several months without finding the right candidates. We do already employ a lot of non-Australians but mainly people who were already in the country so we didn't have to go through the same sort of procedure to hire them.
While we did have the knowledge in-house to sort out the certifications and show that these positions do need foreign workers, we wanted to find candidates quickly. IXP sent over dozens of suitable applicants, and we were in the pleasant situation of having to sort out the best out of the excellent lot available."
How we helped a client work in Australia
Carl had the skills and experience necessary for a number of employers in Australia, but had had previous applications denied.
"I'd been trying to move to Australia for over a year. The first application was for the wrong visa - quite a lot of the sponsored ones sound the same - and the second didn't have the complete paperwork. The authorities warned me that I could be barred from making any more applications if I kept doing it wrong, so I needed someone to help me through and make sure I did it right this time.
It was great to get help and support, and IXP really made it all a lot simpler. I definitely see why my previous application was turned down, since I needed way more paperwork than I thought. My rep kept explaining that you need to build a solid case for them to consider you, and it's changed how I see the application now too since I just thought it was a load of forms without really considering what they were for or why they needed each bit."