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Regional Skilled Migration Scheme Australia

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The Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia to fill skilled positions they are unable to fill from the local labour market.

An employer can take part in the scheme if their business is in any area except Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Perth.

Regional Skilled Migration Scheme Process

The RSMS process consists of 3 stages:

1. Certification of the Nomination or Vacancy (by a certifying body)

In general terms, the employer must be able to demonstrate to a certifying body that:

2. Employer Nomination Assessment

The completed and certified nomination needs to be forwarded to the relevant Department Business Centre who needs to be satisfied:

3. Visa Nominee Requirements

The nominee must complete and lodge an application. In general terms, the visa application will be assessed against the following:

Visa Conditions

Cancellation of a visa will not occur where a nominating employer terminates an employee's contract within the 2 year period, provided the employee has made a genuine effort to complete the 2 years with the approved employer.

If the employee's visa is cancelled, the visas for people who accompanied the employee to Australia through the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme will also be cancelled.