Individuals and Travellers

Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)

This visa is closed to new applications.​ ​This visa is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.

Features

​This visa lets you live and work or study in a Specified Regional Area in Australia for up to three years. After you have lived in a Specified Regional Area in Australia for at least two years, and worked full time for periods totalling at least one year, you can apply for permanent residence.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are either:

  • nominated by a participating Australian state or territory government
  • or
  • sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia.

About this visa

This visa is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements.

There is a visa finder function located at Workers​ which outlines the requirements of all current skilled migration visas. This function will assist you to identify visa subclass(es) which suit your personal circumstances.

If you already have this visa, your eligible family members can apply for the Skilled - Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

Visa applicants

The Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475) closed to new applications on 1 July 2012. This visa is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​.

Visa decision

Any application for a Skilled Sponsored visa (subclass 176) that was not decided before 22 September 2015 is taken not to have been made under the cap and cease arrangement. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​​.

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled  Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is valid for three years from:

  • the date the visa is granted, if you applied for the visa in Australia
  • the date you enter Australia, if you applied for the visa outside Australia.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you:

  • remain in Australia for up to three years in a specified regional area in Australia
  • bring your family with you to work or study in in a specified regional area of Australia
  • become eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Apply for permanent residency

You might be able to apply for permanent residency after you have:

  • lived in a specified regional area of Australia for two years
  • worked for at least 12 months in a specified regional area of Australia.

The Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) is specifically designed for holders of a provisional skilled visa who want to apply for permanent residency.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

If you were nominated for this visa by a state or territory government

You must live, study and work in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area and comply with any residential conditions specified by the state or territory government in your nomination.

If you later apply for a permanent residence Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887), you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in that area.

If you were sponsored for this visa by a family member

You must live, study and work in a designated area. If you plan to apply for permanent residence, you will need to prove that you have spent the specified time in that area.

Meeting these conditions

If you do not comply with the conditions of your visa, your visa, and your family’s visa, may be cancelled.

If your visa is cancelled, you will not be able to apply for a similar visa while you stay in Australia.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
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Sponsors

This information is for the sponsor of a Skilled -​ Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475) holder.

This visa is closed to new applications. This visa was subject to the cap and cease arrangement that took place on 22 September 2015. Visa applications that were not decided by 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​.


You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO for Organisations) to check the visa status and entitlements of people you have sponsored.

How long the sponsorship lasts

Your sponsorship lasts for two years from the time the visa holder first enters Australia.

Sponsor obligations

For two years from the date the visa is granted, you have agreed to:

  • provide adequate accommodation and financial assistance to meet your relative's living needs
  • provide other support, such as child care, to help your relatives attend English language classes
  • give information and​ advice (including information about employment in Australia) to help your relatives settle in Australia.
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