This visa application involves both the RSMS (187) Nomination application and the RSMS (187) Visa application.
RSMS (187) Nomination Application
As an employer sponsored visa, visa applicants must be sponsored by a regional or rural employer in a relevant occupation. The business must have a genuine need for the visa applicant to work in the business in the nominated occupation and have the financial viability to support that employment for at least two (2) years.
For this application, the business must show evidence of business operations, demonstrate the financial viability of the business, and show a genuine need for the position. This Nomination application must also include certification by the relevant regional certifying (RCB) body.
There is no DHA fee for this RSMS (187) Nomination application. There is a fee for the RCB certification, with this fee being set by the relevant RCB.
RSMS (187) Visa Application
There have been a number of changes to the RSMS (187) Visa over the last 12 months, including recent changes to the work experience requirement. These work experience changes require visa applicants to have at least three (3) years full-time post qualification employment experience.
As well as this, visa applicants must also meet the age requirement of being less than 45 years of age at the time of application, the English level requirement of at least Competent English, meet the skill level and qualification requirements for the nominated occupation, and have a skills assessment if applicable.
There are further changes being made to this RSMS (187) Visa in July 2018, including mandatory skills assessments.
The DHA fee for this RSMS (187) Visa application is $3,705.97 (including online payment surcharge) for the primary applicant. The DHA fee for a partner is $1,852.98 (including online payment surcharge). The DHA fee for a dependent child is $1,852.98 (including online payment surcharge) if they are over 18 years of age and $929.02 (including online payment surcharge) if they are under 18 years of age
The current DHA processing time is 21-23 months from the date of application.
If granted, the RSMS (187) Visa requires the visa holder to make a genuine attempt to work with the employer sponsor for at least two (2) years.
Future Changes flagged for the RSMS (187) Visa
In May 2018, news circulated that the Australian Government was looking to amend this requirement for visa holder to make a genuine attempt to work with the employer sponsor for at least two (2) years. Whereby they would look at ‘binding’ RSMS (187) Visa holders to the rural or regional location that they were sponsored in. With the Department of Human Services Minister Alan Tudge stating that:
“We’re looking at ways that we can effectively bind people to the regions if they’ve got a sponsorship to go to those locations.”
Although the Australian Government has not outlined what these changes would look like in practice.
If you want more information about the changes to the RSMS (187) Visa as either an employer sponsor or visa applicant, then get in touch with us.
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