How the changes to RSMS have affected small businesses



The changes introduced in March 2018 to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa have changed the face of skilled migration to regional areas significantly, much to the detriment of regional employers. The RSMS is a permanent residence visa for skilled migrant workers to work in regional Australia on a full time basis. The visa offers two streams under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) visa stream and the second is known as the Direct Entry stream.

The new RSMS visa changes the previous RSMS visa in five main areas namely:

  • the occupation list.
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