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Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)

Features

This is a permanent visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • you have lived for at least two years in a specified regional area of Australia
  • you have worked full time for 12 months in a specified regional area of Australia
  • you hold a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), a Skilled Regional visa (subclasses 475, 487), a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 495), or a Skilled Designated Area visa (subclass 496)
    or
  • you hold a Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B after applying for a subclass 495, 487 or 489 visa.​

About this visa

The Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) is for people who have an eligible visa and have lived for at least two years and worked for at least one year in a specified regional area. You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when the visa is granted.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Before you apply

Have you told us about a newborn baby or other changes to your circumstances?

Tell us if your circumstances change while you are in Australia. In particular, if you have a baby while you are in Australia, you need to tell us so we can add the child to our records. The child will be given the same visa as you, but they will not appear in e-visa until you tell us about the child.

You can tell us about your child, or any other change in circumstances, using:

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

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Second instalment

You must pay a second instalment of the visa application charge for each applicant who:

  • is aged 18 years or older at the time of application
  • is assessed as not having functional English
  • has not paid for a second instalment of the visa application charge in relation to an application for subclass 489, 475, 487, 495 and 496 visas.

We will tell you when to pay the second instalment. You must pay it before the visa can be granted.

Proof of functional English explains how you can demonstrate your language ability.

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

This information tells you whether you might be eligible for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if you:

You must have held one of the following visas for at least two years before applying for this visa, but they do not have to be the two years immediately before you apply:

Live and work in specified regional areas

The requirements include having:

  • lived in a regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years if you were nominated by a state or territory government
  • lived in a designated area of Australia for at least two years if you were sponsored by an eligible relative
  • worked full time (usually at least 35 hours a week) in a specified regional area for at least a year while you held your eligible visa
  • complied with the conditions attached to your eligible visa or your Bridging visa.

You can meet the work requirement if you worked of at least 35 hours a week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs.  You can include any paid employment or self-employment, and you will need to be able to provide evidence of your employment claims.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. However, most applicants for this visa will not be required to complete additional health examinations. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application who are 16 years of age or older, whether they are migrating or not.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Sign the Australian Values Statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all family members listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

Specified regional areas of Australia

Regional and low population-growth metropolitan areas.

You must have lived in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years if you were nominated for this visa by a state or territory government. These areas are listed by postcode and state on the table below.

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas

Postcodes

New South Wales (NSW)

Anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong

2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898

Northern Territory

Entire territory

Queensland

Anywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899

South Australia

Entire state

Tasmania

Entire state

Victoria

Anywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area

3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996

Western Australia

Anywhere except Perth and surrounding areas

6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799

 

Designated areas of Australia

You must have lived in one of the following designated areas of Australia for at least two years if you were sponsored by an eligible relative.

Designated areas of Australia

State or territory

Designated area

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Entire territory

New South Wales (NSW)

(except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)

2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2333, 2336 to 2490, 2535 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2787 to 2898

Northern Territory

Entire territory

Queensland

(anywhere outside the Brisbane metropolitan area)

4019 to 4028, 4037 to 4050, 4079 to 4100, 4114, 4118, 4124 to 4150, 4158 to 4168, 4180 to 4899

South Australia

Entire state

Tasmania

Entire state

Victoria

Entire state

Western Australia

Entire state

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

They must hold one of the following visas:

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

Family members cannot be added to your application after it has been lodged.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887). You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application online

You can only apply for this visa online.

Complete the online form at:

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

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

We will also assign you a case officer who will consider your application and can ask for an interview or ask for more information before they make a decision.

You can track and manage your online application using your ImmiAccount.

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.

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 a 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:

  • Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF).

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 you applied online, you can submit any additional information, including Form 1023, through your ImmiAccount.

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 circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

These forms can be submitted to us through your ImmiAccount.

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 send you a letter or email advising:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any)
  • the time limit for lodging a request for review of the decision (if applicable).

Document checklist

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

All supporting documents should be scanned and uploaded with your application. All documents that you provide must be certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless specifically requested to do so by the department. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Information to help you prepare your application and guidelines on attaching documents to an online visa application may assist you to lodge your online application.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

Charges

  • Pay the visa application charge.
  • Pay any second instalments of the visa application charge, if applicable.

Documents to show identity

  • Scanned colour copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application.
  • Recent, scanned passport-sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm) of you and each other person included in the application. Alternatively, digital photos can also be provided. Each photograph should:
    • be of the head and shoulders against a plain background and
    • be labelled with the applicant's name.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed:
    • evidence of the name change.
  • Scanned colour copy of your birth registration, and that of all people included in the application, showing the names of both parents. If you do not have a birth certificate, provide a certified scanned colour copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following:
    • passport
    • family book showing both parents’ names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • document issued by a court that verifies the person’s identity
    • other acceptable evidence that you are who you claim to be.

Your family relationships

Spouse or de facto partner

  • If you are married or in a de facto relationship, provide evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner at the exclusion of all others.
    • If you are married provide a scanned colour copy of marriage certificate or relationship registration for you and your partner
    • For de facto relationships this should include evidence that you have been in the relationship for at least 12 months at time of application. Evidence can include, but is not limited to, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names, other evidence of cohabitation etc).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or is permanently separated: a certified scanned colour copy of the relevant death certificate, divorce decree absolute, or statutory declaration/separation certificate.

Children

  • Copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents for each dependent child included in the application.
  • For all children included in the application aged 18 years or older, provide a scanned colour copy of:
    • their full birth certificate to evidence their relationship to you
    • evidence of their current or recent formal studies
    • evidence of financial dependency on you
    • a completed Form 47A
  • If any dependent child included in the application is adopted include scanned colour copies of the adoption papers.
  • If you have included a child under 18 years of age in the application, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application you must provide documentary evidence that you have the legal right to include that child in your application, such as:
    • copies of official legal documents, such as a court-issued custody, access or guardianship order;
    • Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (125 kB PDF file). If you use this form, you will have to attach a certified copy of the other parent’s government issued identification document (such as a passport or driver’s licence) with their photograph and a signature.

Other dependant relatives

For all other dependant relatives included in your application:

  • A completed Form 47A
  • evidence of the relationship between this applicant and you or your spouse (birth & marriage certificates, etc)
  • evidence that this relative lives in your household
  • evidence your relative has been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application
  • if your relative has been widowed, divorced or is permanently separated a copy of any relevant death certificate, divorce decree absolute, or statutory declaration/separation certificate.

Character requirements

  • Police checks for you and everyone included in your application, whether they are migrating or not, who is at least 16 years of age. You must provide a scanned colour copy:
    • of an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • of police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.
  • If you or anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country:
    • certified scanned colour copy of military service record or discharge papers.

Health requirements You do not need to provide evidence of meeting Australia’s health requirements unless requested to do so by your case officer

Evidence of living in a specified regional area(s) of Australia

Evidence that you have lived in a specified regional area for at least two years. This could include:

  • title deeds to your residential property
  • school reports
  • leases
  • utilities bills, such as telephone, gas, electricity that show your residential address.

Evidence that each person who is an applicant for this visa has complied with the conditions attached to their visa while in Australia.

Evidence of working in a specified regional area(s) of Australia

Evidence of working full-time in a specified regional area for at least 12 months. This could include:

  • employment references
  • contracts, pay slips, tax returns, group certificates
  • evidence that you have been self-employed

Employment references must meet the following requirements:

  • be written on the official letterhead of the company or government department providing the reference;
  • the letterhead should indicate clearly the full address of the company and any telephone, fax numbers, e-mail and website addresses;
  • the name and position of the person authorised to sign the employment reference should be typed or stamped below that person’s signature;
  • the contact telephone number of the person writing the reference should be included in the letter;
  • the letter should indicate the exact period of employment (including whether permanent or temporary, full or part-time), position(s) held, the duties undertaken and the salary earned - positions should not be described by generic titles (eg. research officer, public servant) but according to the nature of the duties undertaken (eg. research chemist, accounts clerk); and
  • a payslip from your current employment should also be included – this is especially important from applicants working in government departments.

Family members English language proficiency

  • For each of your dependant applicants who are aged 18 years or older at the time of application must provide evidence of Functional English. If the applicant does not have evidence of having Functional English, you will need to provide a statement indicating your intention to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge.

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 visa (subclass 887). It explains your rights and obligations.

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

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Your obligations

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

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The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

Last reviewed Thursday 3 April 2014

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