Skilled Regional Sponsored Worker Visa for Australia
Migration to Australia under the Skilled Regional Sponsored (SRS) visa requires successful applicants to live in designated regional areas as a condition of their Australian immigration visas.
You can qualify for Australia visas on the basis of your skills and/or educational background. These types of Australia visas are becoming a preferred way of moving to Australia.
This stream of migration to Australia targets people who are highly skilled and who will quickly make a contribution to the Australian economy.
To be eligible, the SRS visa applicant must be sponsored by an Australian state/territory or by an eligible family member living in a designated regional area.
The applicant must also meet the points test minimum pass mark to qualify or look at work permits like the 856 visa or the regional sponsored Migration Scheme.
Please note that applicants who are nominated by a state or territory authority will be eligible for additional points under the skilled migration points test. Applicants who are nominated by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia will also be entitled to additional points.
These visas entitle people emigrating to Australia to gain temporary residence. It is a three year provisional visa for skilled workers who are unable to meet the criteria for a Skilled Independent visa.
On these visas, you will have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency after you have lived in Australia for two years and worked for at least 12 months in a specified regional area.
Applicants must be under 45 years old.
General skilled migration to Australia applicants must have sufficient English language ability.
Skills & Qualifications
The main applicant must meet the qualifications and/or work experience requirements of the appropriate skills assessing body for their profession and must have been assessed as suitable by the relevant body for the nominated occupation;
Must nominate a skilled occupation that appears on the most recent version of the Skilled Occupations List;
They must also have been in recent paid employment for at least 20 hours a week in any of the occupations on the Skilled Occupations List for at 12 of the last 24 months.
Where a candidate is nominated by a participating state or territory government agency they will normally be required to show evidence of the relevant skills for an occupation which appears on that state or territory's occupation list
Where a candidate is sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia, the candidate (or their spouse or interdependent partner) must be related to your sponsor as one of the following:
- A non-dependent child – including an adoptive or step-child
- A parent – including adoptive or step–parent
- A brother or sister – including adoptive or step-siblings
- A niece or nephew – including adoptive or step–niece or nephew
- An aunt or uncle – including adoptive or step–aunt or uncle
- A first cousin
- A grandchild
Where Can a Sponsor be Living?
Sponsors must provide evidence that, at the time the department receives the sponsorship application, they have been living in a designated area for one (1) year or longer. Additionally, a sponsor must be able to demonstrate that they will continue to live in a designated area until a decision is made on the visa application.
As a general guide, Australia's designated areas include:
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Queensland – except Brisbane
- New South Wales – except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong
- Western Australia – except Perth.
The following factors may help to provide additional support to a marginal Australian Skilled Independent Visa application.
High Demand Occupation / Job Offer
An Australia Skilled Migration visa applicant will receive additional points if their skills are listed as in high demand. Additional points are awarded for a job offer in these high demand areas.
General Skilled Migration to Australia applicants who have undertaken successful study within Australia may be able to use these qualifications to support their application.
Applicants for Australian Skilled Migration Visas with the ability to make a capital investment in Australia may be able to use the ability to invest to strengthen their application.
The qualifications/work experience, family connections and past Australian experience of a spouse may be of support to a marginal Australian Skilled Independent Visa application.
Health & Character
Australia has strict health and character requirements that must be met before any permanent visa of more than 12 months will be granted. People attempting skilled migration to Australia on a Skilled Independent visa will be required to:
- Undergo a medical examination and chest x-ray undertaken by one of a panel of doctors selected by the Australian authorities, and;
- Obtain police certificates for all countries in which you have lived for more than 12 months in the 10 years leading up to the application.
Find out further information on our Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme page.