Changes to Regional Visa Pathways

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 permanent pathway will be removed on 16 November 2019, subject to transitional provisions (outlined below). No further applications will be accepted after 15 November 2019.


The following Employer Sponsored visa subclasses will be introduced on 16 November 2019 in place of the RSMS visa:

  • Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (applications not received until 16 November 2022 – 3 years after the introduction of the provisional visa)


There are positives and negatives associated with the changes.  We have contacted our compliance clients with a summary, and will provide further information as it comes to hand.
27 May 2019
Changes to Regional Visa Pathways
Changes to regional visas coming in November 2019.