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Skilled — Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​

Features

This visa lets you live and work or study in a Specified Regional Area in Australia for up to three years After you have lived in a Specified Regional Area in Australia for at least two years, and worked full time for periods totalling at least one year, you can apply for permanent residence

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are in Australia and you are one of the following:

  • a current or former international student
  • a holder of a Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) or Skilled – Recognised Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 476)
  • a holder of a Trade Skills Training visa (subclass 471)
  • a holder of a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
  • a holder of an Occupational Trainee visa (subclass 442).

You must:

  • be under 50 years of age
  • have competent English language skills
  • have the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation.

About this visa

The Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487) closed to new applications on 1 January 2013. You might be able to apply for the Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

If you have applied for this visa but no visa decision has yet been made, you can add your dependent children to your application at any time until your visa is granted.

If you are granted this visa and your eligible family members want to join you in Australia, they can apply for the Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

The Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487) is closed to new applications.

This information is for people who have alre​ady applied for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487).

Your family

You can add your dependent children to your application at any time until a decision is made. To add a dependent child you must notify us in writing. You can use:

  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF).

Lodge this form by post or courier at the Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre.

If you add a dependent child to your application, that child must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application needs to include documentary evidence of the child's relationship to you.

Your dependent child must also be able to show that they meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

If you have added a dependent child who is older than 18 years of age to your application, they might also need to provide evidence of their English language skills to determine whether they need to pay for the second instalment of the visa application charge.

Points test

If your partner lodged a combined application with you and they meet the threshold requirements for a skilled migration visa, we might use this evidence to award you points in the Points test.

After you have applied

After you have lodged the your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Outside Australia:
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.

In Australia:
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in your circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Contact information

If information needs to be updated contact the Adelaide General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centre.​

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is valid until the date we told you on your grant letter.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you:

  • remain in Australia in a Specified Regional Area in Australia while your visa is valid.
  • bring your family with you to work or study in in a Specified Regional Area of Australia
  • become eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Apply for permanent residency

You might be eligible for permanent residency after you have:

  • lived in a Specified Regional Area of Australia for two years
  • worked for at least 12 months in a Specified Regional Area of Australia

The Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) is specifically designed for holders of a provisional skilled visa who want to apply for permanent residency.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

If you were nominated for this visa by a state or territory government

You must live, study and work in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area. There could also be residential conditions specified by the state or territory government in your nomination. 

If you later apply for a permanent residence Skilled - Regional visa (subclass 887), you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in that area.

If you were sponsored for this visa by a family member

You must live, study and work in a designated area. If you plan to apply for permanent residence, you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in that area.

Meeting these conditions

If you do not comply with the conditions of your visa:

  • your visa, and your family’s visa, could be cancelled
  • you will not be able to apply for a similar visa while you are in Australia.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Sponsors

This information is for the sponsor of a Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487) holder.

This visa is closed to new applications.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long the sponsorship lasts

Your sponsorship period last for two years from the date the visa is granted.

Sponsor responsibilities

For two years from the date the visa is granted, you have agreed to:

  • provide adequate accommodation and financial assistance to meet your relative's living needs
  • provide other support, such as child care, to help your relatives attend English language classes
  • give information and advice (including information about employment in Australia) to help your relatives settle in Australia.

Last reviewed Wednesday 16 April 2014

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