RSMS visa

Please note: from 16 November 2019 RSMS Direct Entry stream has been closed for new applications, no new applications for RSMS visa under Direct Entry stream are being accepted by Australian Home  Affairs.

RSMS Direct Entry has been replaced by 494 visa (SESR Visa).  You can follow the link to read about new visa requirements. 

RSMS applications under Transition Stream are still being accepted. So if you want to transition from 457 to PR ad your employer is located in regional Australia you’re very likely good to go. Give us a call to discuss your eligibility for PR.

RSMS Visa in Australia

Most travelers consider Australia heaven, and we can easily understand why.  Just do a quick search on Google as to the reasons why one should visit the land Down Under and you are immediately ushered to an endless list of articles, blogs, documentaries and what have you extolling all the good things this island continent can offer.

If tourists regard Australia as heaven, jobseekers and workers consider it manna from heaven.  Again, it does not take a genius to figure out the reasons why.  Work opportunities abound in a vast island with only about 24 million people on it.  In fact, cattle outnumber humans in this part of the world.  Therefore, if you have difficulty finding work in your country of residence and you have the skills and experience to undertake certain jobs, Australia should top your list of destinations.

Consider Applying for an RSMS Visa

Australian work visas are not created equal, that’s for sure.  Some are hard to acquire, while others are relatively easy to get. In terms of appeal and ease at applying, here’s one visa type that stands out among the others.

We are talking about RSMS Visa.  This visa is intended for workers like you who are willing and ready to take on jobs in regional Australia.  You may wonder what regional Australia means.  It refers to towns, small cities or areas outside of the major capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne.  We will discuss in more detail the areas in the country that are designated as regional Australia in a bit.

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What is RSMS Visa?

Before anything else, what is RSMS visa?  RSMS visa stands for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187).  It is a permanent visa; as such, it requires the sponsorship by the employer.  On your part, you are expected to remain with the business for two years.  In cases where certain conditions of the agreement are not met, a specific cancellation procedure of the visa takes effect.

Armed with an RSMS visa, you can be eligible to work in areas in the country with regional postcodes.  That means the business and the position you are applying for are located in these regional areas, although the headquarters of the business can be elsewhere.  Here are the places in the country that are included in the regional postcodes:

  1. The entire Australian Capital Territory
  2. Entire Northern Territory
  3. Entire state of South Australia
  4. The Entire state of Tasmania
  5. Entire state of Western Australia (although Perth itself is considered regional for RSMS visa, there are different provisions which currently preclude from applying for RSMS visa in Perth)
  6. New South Wales except for Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong
  7. Queensland except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast
  8. Victoria except for Melbourne metropolitan area

The above states and territories constitute what we call regional Australia.  These are the places that will open their doors to you on the back of your RSMS visa.  Don’t you think it’s a good idea to go through the list and make a due diligence of some of these places and choose which one you think would best serve your own interest and the interests of your family members?

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Eligibility Streams for RSMS visa

There are three ways by which you can qualify for an RSMS visa.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

The first one is called Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT) stream.  This is applicable to you if you have worked for an employer on a 457 visa for at least two of the required three years before the nomination is done.  This requires further that you are holding a subclass 457 visa and serving in the same job with your nominating employer, who wants to offer you a permanent position in that position.  Your employer here must not be subject to a labor agreement and who has lodged valid nomination with the government under the TRTS stream. (Please note: 457 will be replaced with TSS visa from 01/03/2018, new provisions for RSMS will also be introduced, hence it is of paramount importance for you to lodge for an RSMS visa as soon as you can, otherwise you may no longer be eligible after 01/03/2018 – give us a call to discuss your situation)

Direct Entry Stream

The second stream is called Direct Entry Stream.  You can avail of RSMS visa in this manner if you happen to be any of the following:

  1. Your employer nominates you under this stream.
  2. You have never worked in Australia, or, if you have, only briefly.
  3. You are a temporary resident who does not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.

Agreement Stream

The third stream is the Agreement Stream and you can use it if you are a holder of a subclass 457 visa and you are nominated by your employer through a Labour Agreement with the concerned agency of the government.

The most common stream availed of in RSMS visa applications is Direct Entry Stream.

Three stages of RSMS visa Direct Entry Stream

Before you get hold of an RSMS visa, your application goes through three stages in the screening process.  These are RCB Certification, Nomination Certification, and Visa Certification.

Let’s discuss each of them.

RCB Certification

On this stage, your employer has to hurdle the questions and examinations posed by the RCB or Regional Certifying Body.  The local State Development Agency or the local Chamber of Commerce of the place acts as the RCB.

You employer will talk to RCB about the position they want to fill up in the organization, the operations of their business, their financial status and the like.  They will also demonstrate to the RCB that the position for which they are seeking applicants is genuine and it’s quite critical in the running of the business.

Moreover, they will show the effort that they’ve done to recruit talent from the local market such as having the vacancy advertised and still fail to find the suitable candidate.  Furthermore, they should also convince the RCB that the terms and conditions offered to you are the same with those of the local market.

Each RCB has diverse criteria from state to state or territory to territory when it comes to fees, requirements for labor market test, salary level, and others factors are concerned.  For example, some states, like South Australia, don’t require fees.

Your employer can’t proceed to the succeeding stage unless the application has been signed by the local state agency verifying that the position is genuine.

RSMS nomination application

After hurdling the RCB body, the visa application undergoes nomination certification.  This stage centers on the business itself and two components of it will be thoroughly scrutinized: the employer and the position.


The first question that always comes up here is this:  Is the business operating legally?  Needless to say, it is of utmost importance to establish the fact that the business is genuine and that it is operating in a place categorized as regional Australia based on the postcodes.

Other concerns at this stage involve the reputation of the business:  Has the organization, or anyone associated with it, not been involved in any adverse circumstances nor maintained an unfavorable record like being accused of discrimination or of violating certain industrial, labor or administrative rules?

If the business has issues with this area of concern, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) wants to get more information about the situation and your employer is encouraged to talk to their immigration solicitor or immigration agent to get advice just to get the application through.

The good news here is that there’s no training required for the employer.  In fact, in the application form, they are not obliged to provide information on training expenditure.


Immigration authorities want to extract more details about the position with the view to proving its authenticity and necessity in the business of the requesting entity.  In here, your employer basically uses the same information they provide in the RCB certification such as their justification as to the necessity of the position as well as the reason why the business has the vacancy.  In this regard, they would show to the department that they give priority to finding candidates from the local market before turning their attention overseas for talents.

Another important factor your employer needs to prove is that the market rate, terms and conditions and other considerations they offer are no less favorable for the international recruits than those enjoyed by Australian or PR citizen in the same position.  In this case, they might refer to some recruitment agencies or job adverts to determine that they are aligned with the current job market trends.

Most important of all, your employer should be able to justify their choice of you as the right fit for the position and the organization.

If certain conditions of the agreement are not met, cancellation procedure also applies.  However, Immigration tends to provide some leeway or consideration, probably for pragmatism purposes, if the application is subject to cancellation.  Hence, it is important that your employer talks to their immigration solicitor or immigration agent to get advice to sort this out.

The terms of the position itself must closely align with an occupation that’s only approved for this program.  But you don’t need to worry here because the list of occupations for RSMS scheme is the widest there is.

RSMS Visa application

Visa certification constitutes the third and final stage of the screening process.  Visa certification or individual permanent residency (PR) application examines the following areas of concern:

The skill level of RSMS visa

This requirement is basic.  You should demonstrate that you have the qualification or work experience fit for the position as required by the ANZSCO definition of occupation.  Generally speaking, the only time when you are required to undergo skills assessment is when you apply for a trade occupation where you don’t hold an Australian trade certificate.

In cases where you are required to take a skills assessment, it would be through TRA or Trades Recognition Australia (for trades, could be the other authority for non-trades).

TRA provides three pathways for you to qualify for the skills assessment.  The first one is through Trade Test, although this is available only for certain occupations.  If you don’t make it, you may undergo Migration Skills Assessment which is basically a paper assessment.  If you still don’t make it, there’s what we call Job Ready Program which is intended for international students who are in the process of completing their trade qualifications.

Instead of TRA assessment, another way of getting an Australian certificate is through Recognition of Prior Learning. You should call us to determine which process would apply to you.

Age requirement for RSMS visa

At the time of the application, you must be under 45 years of age if you’d apply through DE stream, for TRT stream lodged before 01/03/2018 upper limit is 49 years of age.  Otherwise, the situation may be unfavorable to you.  As in any rule, however, exceptions are permitted.

 Here are the professions or occupations that are granted exemption from the age requirement:

  • Researchers, scientists and technical specialists sponsored by the Australian government’s scientific agency
  • Senior academic personnel sponsored by an Australian university
  • Medical professionals working in a regional area for two years bearing either visa 457 or visa 422
  • Applicants for Temporary Residence Transition Stream who have worked for their sponsors for the last four years and enjoy high salary level
  • New Zealand citizens or their family members holding 461 visas and have worked for their employer in Australia for two of the last three years.

English Requirement for RSMS visa

Another key requirement in the application process is English proficiency.  You must show competence in the English language.  By competence, we mean you obtain a minimum score in each component on any of these tests, as follows: IELTS 6, PTE 50, Cambridge 169, OET B, or for TOEFL — Listening 12, Reading 13, Written 21, Spoken 18.

Like the age requirement, there are exceptions to the rule.  In this case, exemptions are granted to holders of UK, US, Irish, Canadian and NZ passports as well as to transition stream applicants who have studied for five consecutive years at a secondary or higher level with English as the medium of instruction.

Other Criteria


Another key factor to look into is licensing.  If the position you’re applying for requires that you be licensed, like in the case of plumbing, then you should demonstrate that you are eligible for the occupation by getting the appropriate license or registration.


It goes without saying you should be physically fit and healthy before you are granted an RSMS visa or any type of visa, for that matter.  Therefore, you must meet certain health requirements.  If you intend to include your family members in the application, whether they are traveling with you or not, they should adhere to the same requirement.  If it happens that one of your family members fails the health screening, then the whole application falls over.

Between Temporary Residence Transition Stream and Direct Entry Stream, there is an issue of waiver.  If you somehow fail the general health requirement, you are allowed to waive this requirement if you are availing of the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.  However, this is not possible for Direct Entry Stream.


You are also obliged to meet certain character requirements.  For instance, you must be ready to give a police certificate from each country you have resided for at least 12 months during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not obtain police clearances until we tell you to do so.

Obviously, you will fail the character test if you have a significant criminal record.

Just like the health requirement, this applies to you and all members of your family members listed in your application, whether they are coming with you or not.

Advantages of RSMS Visa

There are more reasons for you to choose RSMS visa over the others.  Here’s why:

One, it offers a wider range of occupations than the other types of visa.  Two, it requires lower skill level.  In fact, it needs no skills assessment or work experience; relevant qualification would suffice.  Three, it has no minimum salary as of yet.  Just show market rate and that would be enough. Also, you don’t need to be in Australia to lodge your application.  And finally, RSMS visa has lower employment requirements, even no training involved, unlike 457 and ENS. (please note – it’s gonna change from 01/03/2018 – call us to assess your situation)

Benefits of RSMS Visa

Like we told you at the beginning of this article, RSMS Visa is an attractive visa.  It lets you and your family members do a lot of things in your host country.  For one, it allows you and your family to live in Australia and work permanently in a regional area.

More importantly, RSMS visa is a permanent visa.  Therefore, you and your family members can stay in Australia indefinitely.  You can work and study here as well as enroll in Medicare, the country’s version of a healthcare system.  You can also apply for Australian citizenship if you are eligible.  You can even sponsor qualified relatives for permanent residence.

Another enticing benefit of this visa is the opportunity to travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the government grants it to you (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to the country).

Forthcoming Amendments to RSMS Visa

In March of next year, the department will carry out some changes to the policies and requirements.  For instance, the maximum age limit for TRT stream will be reduced from 50 to 45.  If your age is 50 or over, your options may become limited.  The approved occupation list will also be revised again and limited to MLTSSL (plus some others as advised by DIBP), while the minimum work experience requirement will also be adjusted affecting RSMS, TRTS and TSS in the process.

Training Levies

The government will impose training levies in the amount of AUD3,000 per application for small businesses with a turnover of under AUD10 million and 5,000 for big businesses.

Amidst all these developments, we suggest that you file your application as soon as possible if you are eligible.  We may never know the implications of the changes that the department is going to implement next year.

Should you need advice and help on the application process, contact us at Nowak Migration.  We have a lot to talk about RSMS visa vis-a-vis the imminent changes.

Why not give us a ring then? Our number +61 (07) 5606 7487

68 thoughts on “RSMS visa

  • 07/12/2017 at 10:34 pm

    I want to be one of the applicants for this program.

  • 24/12/2017 at 7:28 pm

    I am currently holding Student visa . If l lodge RSMS how many hours l permit to work? If l lodge RSMS , Should l maintain my study or l get Bridging visa ?

    • 26/12/2017 at 11:03 am

      Bridging visa, in general, will give you the same work rights as a visa it is attached to. As you’ll be off the study full work rights should apply. If you’ll drop the school and your student visa will be canceled your bridging visa will be canceled as well. Book an appointment if you’d like to discuss your situation and the way forward:

  • 09/01/2018 at 12:09 pm

    If I am a student and my visa is expiring in July 2019, After applying for RSMS, Do I need to maintain my student visa subclass 500 conditions ? Or I will be on bridging visa ? Please answer. Thanks

    • 10/01/2018 at 9:39 am

      You must obey the conditions of your student visa until your RSMS visa will be granted. You will lose your bridging visa if student visa will be canceled before RSMS grant. Book a consultation if you’d like to discuss.

  • 16/01/2018 at 3:43 am

    Hi I am student and my study is not relevant with my 18 months work experience in restaurant, but I have RPL and 60 PTE score. So can I apply for RSMS on behalf of RPL

    • 18/01/2018 at 1:30 pm

      There is such a possibility given you’ll apply before 1/3/2018. I’d have to see if RPL is relevant to the occupation and RTO is trustworthy.

  • 25/01/2018 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Nowak,

    I have already applied for my RSMS. I just realized there are few mistakes in the nomination application as well as visa application. Is it possible to make changes to those mistakes? Also what could be an acceptable answer for my carelessness in DIBP? Thanks. Dee

    • 25/01/2018 at 4:41 pm

      There is a “notification of incorrect answers” option in an immi account, but it all depends, what can of mistakes have you made. Worst case scenario you may need to re-apply.

      • 25/01/2018 at 7:57 pm

        Hi Nowak,

        Thank you for your response.
        I have made the below errors in nomination application:
        1. ACN is wrong
        2. Profit number is wrong
        And in the visa application my obsolete resume was wrongly uploaded.

        What is the best way to go about things?

        Thank you.

        Best Regards

        • 26/01/2018 at 9:15 am

          ACN number should not be a problem if it is just simple mistake as misplacing the numbers
          Profit number – could be a big issue if the values would make a change in terms of business size/ caveats / training benchmark / etc
          Obsolete resume – if the data is correct but not up to date shouldn’t be an issue, if not entirely correct – you might be in trouble.

          From what I can see sbdy would have to check your entire application to make sure is correct and consistent. We can do that – give us a call to discuss.

  • 03/02/2018 at 8:20 am

    Hi Nowak,
    I’m a Diploma Hospitality Student and I got my Certificate IV Commercial Cookery already and I am almost 44 years old. With little experience less than one year as a chef and 14 years experience as a Headwaitress in the International Cruise ship. Can I still have a chance to apply for RSMS? Thanks & regards, Viv

  • 11/02/2018 at 1:28 pm

    hi there
    just got one question should I do general or academic IELTS

    • 13/02/2018 at 6:26 am

      For a visa application – general is OK. For skills assessment some authorities require academic.

  • 14/02/2018 at 11:54 am

    As a chef working at least 2 years in the kitchen, do i need to do skills assessment even though i have finished my advance diploma in hospitality here in australia?

    • 15/02/2018 at 7:20 am

      assuming you are after RSMS visa, so far skills assessment is not mandatory.

  • 16/02/2018 at 4:01 am

    I have certificate 3 in commercial cookery feom Australia. But now living outside Australia. Am I eligible for rsms visa ? Do i have to sot for skill test ?

    • 19/02/2018 at 10:27 pm

      You might be eligible for RSMS. Please do mind we do not know if cook will still be on the list after March 2018. Additionally – looks like 3 years of work experience will be required for RSMS, and yes you’ll have to sit an English test.

  • 16/02/2018 at 11:09 pm

    Hi, i have applied rsms as an office manager from ACT. As we are hearing of refusal of managerial positions i am worried too. My company is a hospitality services company (cleaning company) with 50 staff casual, full time, part time. It’s a good company. What do you think in this case. Your response on this matter would be highly appreciated.

    • 19/02/2018 at 10:17 pm

      A lot depends on the quality of a visa submission. If it is not convincing that you are needed in the company, I doubt if case officer will grant a visa.

  • 21/02/2018 at 11:50 pm

    I already applied rsms in dec2017 but my student visa expiring on September 2018 I want to ask can I extend my student visa???
    PlZ let me know

    • 23/02/2018 at 9:34 pm

      If you applied onshore bridging visa shall be granted as well. In such a situation you may not have to renew your student visa. Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss your situation

  • 03/03/2018 at 4:41 pm

    Hi,just got a question about work condition.
    I’m currently on a student visa,how many hours can I work after applying for RSMS?Can I work for someone else other than my sponsor?Moreover,can I work for someone else after my visa has granted?Thanks a lot.

    • 05/03/2018 at 8:42 am

      While student visa is in force you can work 40 hours per fortnight unless out of session.
      On BVA – dependant on conditions of your BVA.
      “can I work for someone else after my visa is granted” – on a visa application you agree to work for 2 years with nominator.

  • 06/03/2018 at 10:04 pm

    Hi.. I would like to know if I’m eligible for RSMS visa if I’ve only a 6 year experience in machine fitter trade, but no academic qualification for the same. If yes, please provide me with necessary details. If no, if I get my qualification done will I be considered?
    I have read that without a bachelor’s degree I cant apply for pr.Is there a different suggestion? Pls reply..

    • 07/03/2018 at 10:19 pm

      We can proceed with RPL to get a formal recognition of your qualifications and then apply for RSMS.

  • 10/03/2018 at 6:36 am

    Hi , I have a question I had applied for rsms in 2017 and my student visa is finishing on March 2018 so do I have to keep studying after my student finish or not . Thanks

    • 10/03/2018 at 5:53 pm

      If you have applied for RSMS onshore and your bridging visa has been granted you don’t need to study anymore once your course will end and student visa will expire. To ensure it is the case we’d have to see your current visa, passport and the RSMS application – please book a consultation so we’ll discuss your case.

  • 13/03/2018 at 1:06 am

    I have not met the Australian Study requirements if two years even though I have an Australian qualification. What are my chances if getting a 187 visa?

    • 14/03/2018 at 9:55 am

      “Australian Study Requirements” are vital for 485, 189, 190 and 489 visa. For RSMS it does not really matter.

  • 18/03/2018 at 3:13 pm

    I’m about to obtain my Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence in Australia. Would I be able to get a 187 visa if I find a company to nominate me?

    • 18/03/2018 at 7:21 pm

      as of 18/03/2018 some work experience is required for RSMS visa.

  • 22/03/2018 at 12:46 pm

    Im student in austraila. I want to apply for Rsm sponcer visa. My ilets score is 5.5 .. and post is manager in pizza cafe. Can i eligible for this visa?

    • 31/03/2018 at 10:08 am

      IELTS 6 is required for RSMS

  • 24/03/2018 at 3:20 am

    As of 18/03 , they require 3 yrs experiences for visa 187 DE. But I wonder if it is requested 3 yrs post qualification or just 3 yrs full time experience . Thanks for your adv

    • 04/04/2018 at 12:36 pm

      I would assume it is 3 years of skilled experience. It all would depend on the occupation. Please note for some occupations skills assessment might become mandatory in the near future.

  • 04/05/2018 at 8:24 am

    one of my friend applied for rsms as a office manager from Tasmania.He got approval from RCB and applied for 2,3 stages together to DIBP. My question is what is a processing time DIBP take for rsms visa in tasmania nowadays.

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:19 am

      In general – the state does not matter when it comes to the processing time. You may find average processing times for various visas on department’s website.

  • 17/05/2018 at 6:25 pm

    My question is how much time it will take after the grant of stage 2 in RSMS visa, I mean how much time immigration takes to gives result for stage 3.
    Thank you

    • 19/05/2018 at 9:52 am

      Between few days and over the year. Lesser if you have lodged visa application together with a nomination.

  • 20/05/2018 at 3:13 pm

    hi , i am on 457 visa which has been grated on 18 th July 2017. from same employer i have lodged my RSMS visa application, am i eligible for ENS after 2 years? As am working for my employer for 457 visa. if answer me . it would be great. thank you

    • 21/05/2018 at 7:03 am

      you’ve been granted 457, you have applied for RSMS and you are asking if you’ll be eligible for ENS? Sounds messy.
      Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss – there is not enough information to give you an answer.

  • 21/05/2018 at 1:48 pm

    Hi I have a query to apply for RSMS direct entry now it needs 3 years work experience , May I know what documents required to prove work experience . Can I prove it with Banks statement & work experience certificate . I have experienced of 4 years in Australia as marketing officer . Also Does part time work count in work experience

    • 22/05/2018 at 8:14 am

      Resume, references, payslips, bank records could be taken into consideration by a case officer. Keep in mind it must be skilled work experience.

  • 24/05/2018 at 4:16 pm

    Hi! I’ve been granted the 187 visa on May 1st! 2 weeks later my employer decided to change my contract from full time to part time! Isn’t the company obliged to keep me full time for 2 years? Can I argue the change? Thanks

    • 28/05/2018 at 7:27 pm

      You can argue, of course!

      • 28/05/2018 at 7:40 pm

        Thanks, but I don`t understand if the sponsorship terms are more important than the employment contract. They demoted me because the standard of my job is not good enough and they want me to get more training. So far I haven`t received any, but they scheduled me to train a new staff member on the same position I am! Does that make any sense at all?? So I want to argue the change, but also I`d like to know if I decide to resign because of my new position not complying with the sponsorship term, could I risk my residency, or is that a valid reason?

        • 29/05/2018 at 8:02 am

          You are a PR now. Check carefully your visa conditions and do what you feel would be the best for you.

  • 24/05/2018 at 6:01 pm

    I am on 457 visa that was granted in July 2017, I started working for my current employers in October 2016, but they were late in applying for my sponsorship visa so I had to exit the country for 6 months. I applied for a 457 visa with my current employer but their application was denied due to the new changes. My employer then got an agency to apply for my the 457 visa but i am working for them. I came back in August 2017 and still working for my employer as they are trying to transfer the sponsorship but till now its not been successful. I’m 43 years now, please advice how do I count my years as my first appointment with my employer was October 2016, six months overseas then came back, and as i see the years have been reduced to 45 as I wanted to apply for the RSMS visa, am i eligible to apply for it? Can i apply under my employer or the Agency? or do I have to count from when the sponsorship will be transferred to my employer from the Agency company. I am in regional area. Will all that has been going on do you think I can be given special consideration?

    • 28/05/2018 at 7:23 pm

      You might consider Direct Entry stream. Is your employer willing to sponsor you for PR? If yes – give us a call, we might be able to get it sorted.

  • 09/07/2018 at 4:57 pm

    I am Jaison. I have been working in Kuwait for 9 years as a Diesel Motor Mechanic(Heavy)and also received skill assessment from TRA Vetassess. I am interested to proceed the 187RSMS or 186ENS visa. Kindly assist me

    • 10/07/2018 at 2:01 pm

      We’re happy to assist. Let us know once you’ll find an employer willing to sponsor you for 187 or 186?

  • 22/07/2018 at 8:51 pm

    I have applied rsms as chef in feb 2018 from Italian restraurent, position was not new, it was vacant as previous chef contract was finished who got his Pr, chances of getting nomination approved, got approval from rcb in 14 days.your reply will be highly appreciated, only one chef is sponsored from this restraurent , that’s me.

    • 29/07/2018 at 10:18 am

      Chances of getting nomination approved there are if a restaurant is able to prove a position is genuine.

  • 15/08/2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Nowak,
    I have done diploma in children services and currently working as a room leader in Childcare for last 1 month. I have previous 2 years part time experience working in Child care & family day cares. I am wondering if I want to get the RSMS. Do I need to find the sponsor first or if there is any other way I can be eligible?

    • 30/08/2018 at 10:28 am

      For RSMS 3 years of skilled (post study in general) work experience are necessary.

  • 15/08/2018 at 4:46 pm

    sir/ma’m good afternoon
    i am from the philippines and have two daughters now taking diploma in early childhood care in sydney, nsw. could they apply for rsms visa after completing 485 visa? they had also completed the package certificate 3 in aged care and diploma in nursing course also in sydney but had not registred yet at ahpra for they had not yet met the 7 ielts requirement but had already working as aged care and community worker, could they apply for rsms as aged care and community workers? do you have an office in sydney?

    • 30/08/2018 at 10:27 am

      Rules for RSMS have changed, now (Aug 2018) for RSMS visa an applicant must have at least 3 years of skilled work experience at the time of application, so simple answer is no. However, after the childcare course, she might be eligible for 485 visa, do the JRP programme and fingers crossed get enough points for 189. 190 or 489 visa.

  • 24/08/2018 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Karol. I have no Bachelor degree as Graphic Designer and freelancing for over 10 years. is that possible apply for 187 Visa – Is true that 50% are rejected? Thanks

    • 30/08/2018 at 10:09 am

      Each and every RSMS visa application is being assessed against its own merits. Yes, refusal ratio is quite high, but it is usually a nomination which is being refused and visa subsequently as well, because of nomination refusal. We have some cases for the AAT where the applications were lodged by somebody else and now we are cleaning the mess. Please book a consultation so we’ll check your prospects.

  • 02/09/2018 at 5:34 pm

    Hi ,
    I have 5 years experience as a centre manager/ educator overseas from 2010 to 2015. work experience in Australia for 1 year casual and 1 year 3 months permanent as a Room leader. I have completed my Diploma in Childcare in June 2017 and did my RPL too. Am I eligible to apply for rsms child care worker room leader.

    • 03/09/2018 at 9:46 am

      3 years of skilled work experience are required or RSMS visa. Normally I’d say – no, but dependant on your education gained overseas and work experience there might be a chance.

  • 26/01/2019 at 11:31 am

    I am currently on TSS visa(visa 482) and working in a regional hospital in NSW as a registered nurse for the last 4 months. I would like to apply for RSMS visa. Is it possible to change now or should I wait for 2 years same as 457

    • 11/02/2019 at 7:52 am

      If you have at least 3 years of full-time skilled work experience as a nurse you might be eligible to apply for RSMS under direct entry stream. Should you wish to discuss, book a consultation:

  • 30/04/2019 at 11:40 pm

    Hi, I’m on student visa and i completed my diploma of maritime(watchkeeper deck) and i still didn’t got my license from AMSA. i have 3 year experience before i did my diploma. can i get 187 with my experience?

    • 07/07/2019 at 11:32 am

      for an RSMS you must have 3 years of skilled work experience, so unless you’d have had relevant overseas quals I’d say no.

  • 23/06/2019 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, i have been working with my company as a part time cook for 40 months and 1.5 year as a fulltime cook. I do have Rpl before 3 month and 6 in each band.Can you please suggest me whether i can apply RsMs ?

    • 07/07/2019 at 10:44 am

      For an RSMS visa you need to prove you have at least 3 years of skilled work experience. In a case of RPL if you didn’t have any relevant qualifications from your country of origin they might be looking for 6 years of work experience – it’s tricky. The best approach would be to obtain Skills Assessment.

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