Visa Options

187 Visa

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 Visa enables employers to fill ‘skilled’ positions on a permanent basis, with non-Australian citizens, where they have been unable to fill a vacancy from the local labour market or through their own training programs.

The Subclass (187) visa binds a suitable applicant to a specific regional business for 2 years after the granting of the visa, however the applicant may begin working for the business as soon as they have working rights within Australia.

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer an​​​d then an application under the nominated stream. RDA Orana certifies 187 applications under the Direct Entry Scheme.

For an applicant to be eligible for nomination for a Subclass 187 visa

The 187 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.
  • a person with a suitable qualification, a minimum of 3 years relevant experience and be filling a role that requires that qualifications.

A Nominee can be in or outside Australia when they apply. If in Australia, the Nominee must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The nominated position must be supported by a Regional Certifying Body (RCB), which in the Orana region is RDA Orana.

Due to new Regional Visas coming into effect in November 2019 we expect that we will accept our last 187 applications in early October 2019.

New Regional Employer Sponsored Visa (subclass 494) – comes into effect 16 November 2019

This new visa will come into effect in November 2019. RDA Orana has not received confirmation of the requirements for applications and RCB recommendations. As this information becomes available it will be disseminated via our monthly migration newsletter. To sign up to this newsletter please fill out the form below.

Current Process for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Recommendation for subclass 187 visa

At present this system is manual, though will be changing to an online payment system as the new visas are introduced in November.

Step 1: Contact RDA Orana by phone or email and arrange to discuss the application and the documents that are required.

Step 2: Fill out the online form

Step 3: RDA Orana will send an email that will include the following;

  1. Tax Invoice for the RCB Application fee
  2. Document checklist
  3. Secure link to upload the required documents

Step 4: Notify RDA Orana when you have paid the RCB application fee and uploaded the required documents

Step 5: RDA Orana will assess the documents and undertake either a face to face or phone interview with the business owner, and respond with one of the following responses;

  • An RCB Letter of Recommendation and signed Form 1404
  • A request for more information
  • An RCB Letter of Rejection and signed Form 1404

From this point, RDA Orana is no longer involved in the process.

Fees and Charges

Standard Assessment of Applications

Standard Assessment Fee for decision ready applications will be $800 (GST Inclusive) and is payable at the time of application. The Assessment fee is non-refundable. Assessing of decision ready applications can take up to 4 weeks. Where additional information is requested, the original fee will be valid for a period of 3 months from the date of payment. After 3 months has lapsed, an additional fee of $400 (GST Inclusive) will be charged to continue the application for an additional 3 months.

Priority Assessment of Applications

Priority Assessment of decision ready applications MAY be available, dependent on prior staffing commitments for a fee of $1650 (GST inclusive). These applications will undergo first pass assessment within 1 week of receipt of both the fee and all relevant documents.

Where additional information is requested, the application will revert to the Standard Assessment timeline with no refund of the Priority fee (though we will continue to respond as quickly as possible). The original fee will be valid for a period of 3 months from the date of payment. After 3 months has lapsed, an additional fee of $400 (GST Inclusive) will be charged to continue the application for an additional 3 months.


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