Skilled Regional Visa (SUBCLASS 887)

Skilled Regional Visa (SUBCLASS 887)

For holders of skilled provisional visas who have lived in a designated regional area of Australia for at least two years and accrued twelve months of work experience, there is a permanent residence visa known as the Skilled Regional 887. When applying for this visa and once it is approved, the applicant must be in Australia.

Advantages Of The Visa

As the holder of a qualified regional visa, you can

  • Stay, learn, and work in Australia for as long as you want.
  • Obtain Medicare coverage for medical expenses (Australia’s health care plan)
  • Apply for citizenship in Australia after meeting the requirements.
  • Encourage kin or family members who qualify for permanent residency
  • Visit Australia often for a maximum of five years after the visa is approved.
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this visa you must,

You were need to have had one of the following visas.

  • Subclass 489: Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 495: Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Expert Designated Area Temporary sponsored visa (subclass 496)
  • Expert Regional sponsored visa (487 or 487 subclasses)
  • After submitting an application for a subclass 495, 487, or 489 visa, bridging visa A or bridging visa B.
  • You need to have worked full-time for a year, putting in at least 35 hours a week, and you need to have spent at least two years in a designated regional area of Australia.
  • If you are sponsored by a qualifying relative, you must have resided in the specified area of Australia for a minimum of two years.
  • You ought to have complied with every requirement listed on the visa.
  • You have to fit the requirements for character and health.
Health & Character Requirements

The applicants’ and their families’ character and health requirements must be met.

You must be able to produce police certificates from each country you have lived in for 12 months or longer within the past ten years, as must your family members (who must be at least 16 years old).

Debts to the Government of Australia

Before the visa is approved, you cannot be in arrears with the Australian government.

Family Members Listed on the Application

The following members may be listed on your visa application:

  • Your Partner
  • Your stepchild or the kid of your partner
Particularized Regional Areas in Australia

If nominated by a state or territory government, the following postcodes and areas of regional Australia are where you must have resided for a minimum of two years.

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areasPostcodes
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 TerritoryEntire territory
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 AustraliaEntire state
TasmaniaEntire state
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 either of the following designed areas of Australia, if sponsored by an eligible relative

State or TerritoryDesignated 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 TerritoryEntire territory
(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 AustraliaEntire state
TasmaniaEntire state
VictoriaEntire state
Western AustraliaEntire state


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FAQs About Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)

The Australian government offers a visa option called the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887), which permits people to live and work permanently in regional Australia. It is intended for people who have fulfilled the conditions for permanent residency and have held specific temporary skilled visas in the past.

The Subclass 887 visa is normally available to people who have previously had a qualifying temporary skilled visa, such as Subclass 489, 495, 496, 475, or 487, and who have lived and worked in a certain regional area of Australia for a predetermined amount of time.

The Subclass 887 visa typically requires applicants to meet certain health and character requirements, have a satisfactory level of English language proficiency, have lived and worked in a designated regional area of Australia for at least two years, and satisfy any other specific requirements outlined by the Department of Home Affairs.

Yes, you may list your spouse or de facto partner, dependent children, and other dependent family members as allowed by the visa criteria with your Subclass 887 visa application.

No, there is not a points test required for the Subclass 887 visa. However, you still have to fulfill the requirements for residency, employment, linguistic ability, and character.

A Subclass 887 visa gives you and your qualifying family members the right to live and work in Australia permanently. It also gives you access to a range of social benefits, healthcare services, and educational opportunities.

In general, you need to have had a permanent visa, including Subclass 887, for a set amount of time and complete other requirements to apply for citizenship. However, once you fulfill specific residency requirements, you may be qualified to apply for Australian citizenship.

Check the Department of Home Affairs website for the most recent processing time estimates. The Subclass 887 visa processing time can vary depending on factors like the completeness of your application, the volume of applications being processed, and individual circumstances.

No, you do not need a job offer in order to apply for the Subclass 887 visa. However, you will still need to fulfill the requirements set forth in the visa guidelines regarding residency and employment.

You should visit the Department of Home Affairs’ official website in Australia or speak with a registered migration agent for comprehensive and current information regarding the Subclass 887 visa, including eligibility requirements, the application procedure, and necessary papers.

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