Regional Sponsored Skilled Migrant Visas for Australia
Migration to Australia under the Skilled Regional Sponsored (SRS) Visa requires successful applicants to live in designated regional areas as a condition of their Australian immigration visas. This allows specific regions to fill their labour requirements, and could help you move to Australia faster if your skills are in demand.
While our Australian office is in Sydney, our reach expands across Australia and we have the latest information to hand to provide information for visas in every single region. IXP's Australian immigration experts work with you to give you the best chance of success in moving to Australia with your skill set and to live in your preferred region. If you're not sure where you'd like to live in Australia, they can help guide you through and explain the benefits of each region and what the demands are.
You can qualify for Australia visas on the basis of your skills and/or educational background. These types of Australia visas are becoming a popular way of moving to Australia since they can offer shorter waiting times for some skills. However, to be eligible you have to be highly skilled - the region that's sponsoring you will want to know that you can make a contribution to the economy quickly and that you'll find a job.
To be eligible for this visa, you must be sponsored by an Australian state/territory or by an eligible family member living in a designated region. As well as a sponsor, you will need to meet the points test minimum pass mark to qualify.
Please note that applicants who are nominated by a state or territory authority will be eligible for additional points under the skilled migration points test. Applicants who are nominated by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia will also be entitled to additional points. Our experts have the latest information to explain what the extra points are, and how they are applied to your case.
How Long Can I Stay in Australia?
These visas provide temporary residence in Australia. It is a three-year provisional visa for skilled workers who are unable to meet the criteria for a Skilled Independent visa.
On these visas, you will have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency after you have lived in Australia for two years and worked for at least 12 months in a specified regional area. It's important to remember when your visa expires as you may be asked to leave the country if you are there with an expired visa.
Could You Be A Regional Sponsored Skilled Worker?
You must be under 45 years old to qualify for this visa.
English Language Skills
General skilled migration to Australia applicants must have sufficient English language ability. Our experts will discuss your language ability with you, and can put you in touch with English language schools to boost your chances if necessary.
Skills & Qualifications
You must meet the qualifications and/or work experience requirements of the appropriate skills assessing body for your profession. You will also need to pass an assessment so that the regional government know that you will be able to fill their skills requirements.
In your application, you will need to nominate a skill that appears on the most recent version of the Skilled Occupations List, and show that you have been in paid employment for at least 20 hours a week in any of the occupations on the Skilled Occupations List for at 12 of the last 24 months. This both proves your skill set, and shows that you have the experience necessary to work within Australia when you get there.
If you are nominated by a participating state or territory government agency you will normally be required to show evidence of the relevant skills for an occupation which appears on that state or territory's occupation list
If, however, you are sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia, you (or your spouse or interdependent partner) must be related to your sponsor as one of the following:
- A non-dependent child – including an adoptive or step-child
- A parent – including adoptive or step–parent
- A brother or sister – including adoptive or step-siblings
- A niece or nephew – including adoptive or step–niece or nephew
- An aunt or uncle – including adoptive or step–aunt or uncle
- A first cousin
- A grandchild
Sponsors must also provide evidence that, at the time the department receives the sponsorship application, they have been living in a designated area for one (1) year or longer. Additionally, a sponsor must be able to demonstrate that they will continue to live in a designated area until a decision is made on the visa application.
As a general guide, Australia's designated areas include:
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Queensland – except Brisbane
- New South Wales – except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong
- Western Australia – except Perth
Extra Help for Your Visa Application
The following factors may help to provide additional support for your application.
High Demand Occupation / Job Offer
An Australia Skilled Migration visa applicant will receive additional points if their skills are listed as in high demand. Additional points are awarded for a job offer in these high demand areas.
General Skilled Migration to Australia applicants who have undertaken successful study within Australia may be able to use these qualifications to support their application.
Applicants for Australian Skilled Migration Visas with the ability to make a capital investment in Australia may be able to use the ability to invest to strengthen their application.
The qualifications/work experience, family connections and past Australian experience of a spouse may be of support to a marginal Australian Skilled Independent Visa application.
Health & Character
Australia has strict health and character requirements that must be met before any permanent visa of more than 12 months will be granted. People attempting skilled migration to Australia on a Skilled Independent visa will be required to:
- Undergo a medical examination and chest x-ray undertaken by one of a panel of doctors selected by the Australian authorities
- Obtain police certificates for all countries in which you have lived for more than 12 months in the 10 years leading up to the application