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Skilled Regional Sponsored 475 and 487 Visas

These subclasses are no longer open to new applications

The 487 and 475 visa subclasses have been replaced by the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 Visa.

Details of Former Visa Subclasses

The Skilled Regional Sponsored visa is a 3-year provisional visa which requires the holder to live and work in regional Australia to qualify for permanent residence. Applicants must be sponsored by an Australian relative living in a designated area or nominated by a state or territory government.

You can either apply for an onshore skilled regional sponsored visa (subclass 487) if you have completed a qualification taking 2 years of study in Australia or are on a working holiday or occupational trainee visa. There is also an an offshore visa (subclass 475).

Visa Criteria

Age
The main applicant must be under 50 at the date of lodgment.
Occupation
The main applicant must have a positive skills assessment in a Skilled Occupation.

However the occupations list which applies depends on your circumstances:

For offshore applicants, the skills assessment must be finalised before lodgement, but onshore applicants just need to show that they have applied for skills assessment at date of application.

English
The main applicant must have at least Competent English (6 minimum in IELTS or passport from native English speaking country)

Family members aged 18 or over must show at least Functional English, otherwise they may need to pay the English Education Charge. Evidence of threshold English must be provided at date of lodgement

Recent Work Experience
Applicants must have worked in skilled employment for at least 12 of the last 24 months prior to application, unless they meet the Australian study requirement, hold a working holiday visa, or an occupational trainee visa. Any work experience claimed either to meet threshold requirements or to obtain points must be in an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List which applies to the application.
Australian Study
International students do not need to show recent work experience. Instead, they must show that they either:
Working Holiday Makers and Occupational Trainees
Working holiday makers who have been in Australia for at least 6 months and Occupational Trainees who have completed their Australian training can also apply onshore and receive a waiver of the recent work experience requirement.
Family Sponsorship:
You can be sponsored by the following family members, so long as they are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ Citizen:
  • Brother or Sister
  • Parent
  • Non-dependent child
  • Uncle or Aunt
  • Nephew or Niece

Note that you can be sponsored by a relative of your spouse, defacto spouse or interdependent partner. Half- and step-relatives can sponsor your application.

State/ Territory Government Nomination:
Each Australian State & Territory produces a list of occupations in demand in the state or territory. If you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will receive additional points - 5 under the 2011 points test and 10 under the transitional points test.
Points Test:
International students eligible for transitional arragements (ie those who had applied for or been granted a Skilled - Graduate Subclass 485 visa prior to 8 February 2010) apply under the transitional points test and need to score at least 100 points.

All other applicants must score at least 65 points in the 2011 skilled migration points test to qualify for the visa.

Family Sponsorship
You can be sponsored by the following family members, so long as they are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ Citizen:
  • Brother or Sister
  • Parent
  • Non-dependent child
  • Uncle or Aunt
  • Nephew or Niece
  • First Cousin
  • Grandparent

Note that you can be sponsored by a relative of your spouse, defacto spouse or interdependent partner. Half- and step-relatives can sponsor your application. The sponsor must be usually resident in a designated area to sponsor your application, and would provide 10 points under the 2011 points test, or 25 points under the transitional points test.

State Nomination
Each Australian State & Territory produces a list of occupations in demand in the state or territory. The states and territories may specify requirements over and above the visa criteria, particiularly in relation to English langauge ability, work experience and funds available for settlement in Australia. If you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will receive an additional 10 points.

Visa Duration and Conditions

The skilled regional sponsored visa is valid for 3 years.

Whilst on a skilled regional sponsored visa, you can only live, work or study in:

Providing you settle in a regional area of Australia, you may be eligible for a permanent skilled regional visa after 2 years.

Feel free to contact us if you would like more information about applying for a skilled regional sponsored visa.