Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187)


The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa will close to new applications at 11.59pm on 15 November 2019 and the new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) comes into effect on 16 November 2019.

Please note, due to internal operational requirements, RDA Southern Inland has ceased accepting RSMS 187 Employer Sponsored Visa applications since the 1st of November.

Our 489 program has officially closed and we have ceased processing applications. Any applications received throughout our closure period will not be processed and will receive an email explaining that the application has been marked as unsuccessful.

The 489 program will be replaced by the 491 Visa Program. Applications for this will open later in the year. Please check the Department of Home Affairs for these dates. 

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer an​​​d then an application under the nominated stream. RDASI certifies 187 applications under the Direct Entry Scheme.

The 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.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

You can submit your application online or via post. 

Find out more about the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa here


Contact Us

Goulburn - Main Office & Regional Migration



Shop 5, Central Arcade
158-162 Auburn Street
Goulburn NSW 2580

All Mail To

RDA Southern Inland
PO Box 775
Goulburn NSW 2580