187/RSMS RCB, Nomination, and Visa Applications

NOTE: This visa ceases for new applications and becomes the new 494 Visa as of 16th November 2019.

For High Visa-eligibility Qualifiers – the subclass 187 RSMS visa is permanent residency immigration accessible for skilled applicants who have at least three years of experience, but this is only applicable to Regional-based (country area) employment roles. Although the qualifiers are the same as in the subclass 186 Nomination Visa for the applicants, there is a larger list of eligible occupations on the Regional (country area) list. To apply, be successful and retain this visa, the employee will need to remain working full-time with the same employer, and in the same position of employment, as specified in the original nomination request. This nomination, if granted, is valid for at least two years and brings diversity to regional areas of Australia.

The first stage however is winning the opinion of the Regional Certifying Body (RCB), which acts as the local authoritative expert opinion to the Department.


187 nomination without RCB approval is very hard, but not impossible for Worldly Migration. Without approval from the local RCB, an approval at the Department level is highly unlikely (although Worldly Migration can boast that Evan (MARN 1679414) achieved Department-level approval after two RCB-level refusals, as recent as September 2019).

Subclass 187 Stages:

  • RCB
  • Nomination
  • Visa Application

SAF 187 Visa:

The 187 visa requires mandatory payment by the employer sponsor to the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF), the SAF levy replacing the Training Benchmark requirement on 12th August 2018.

The SAF levy varies between TSS and ENS/RSMS and is calculated as follows:

Business Size TSS (482) Visa ENS (186) / RSMS  (187)visas
Annual turnover less than $10 million AUD $1,200 annually per nominee $3,000 one-off
Annual turnover $10 million AUD or more $1,800 annually per nominee $5,000 one-off

If you get representation or assistance from Worldly Migration, you can relax knowing that you are dealing with a professional who takes pride in being ETHICAL, RELIABLE, and ever AVAILABLE.

Worldly Migration specialises in assisting Employers with their Nomination Visa stage, which is the most important part of the process. Click HERE to find out more about these other specialist services.

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