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This is a permanent visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
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The Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) is for people who have an eligible visa and have lived for at least two years and worked for at least one year in a specified regional area. You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when the visa is granted.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:
Tell us if your circumstances change while you are in Australia. In particular, if you have a baby while you are in Australia, you need to tell us so we can add the child to our records. The child will be given the same visa as you, but they will not appear in e-visa until you tell us about the child.
You can tell us about your child, or any other change in circumstances, using:
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of
You might be able to update your passport details using
The visa application charges are listed in
Fees and charges.
You must pay a second instalment of the visa application charge for each applicant who:
We will tell you when to pay the second instalment. You must pay it before the visa can be granted.
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You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
This information tells you whether you might be eligible for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).
You might be able to get this visa if you:
You must have held one of the following visas for at least two years before applying for this visa, but they do not have to be the two years immediately before you apply:
The requirements include having:
You can meet the work requirement if you worked at least 35 hours a week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs. You can include any paid employment or self-employment, and you will need to be able to provide evidence of your employment claims.
You must meet certain
health requirements. However, most applicants for this visa will not be required to complete additional health examinations. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.
You must meet certain
character requirements. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This also applies to all members of your family unit listed in the application who are 16 years of age or older, whether they are migrating or not.
You might be asked to provide
biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.
Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an
Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the
Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
This also applies to all members of your family unit listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must have lived in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years if you were nominated for this visa by a state or territory government. These areas are listed by postcode and state on the table below.
Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas
Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas
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
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
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
Anywhere except Perth and surrounding areas
6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799
You must have lived in one of the following designated areas of Australia for at least two years if you were sponsored by an eligible relative.
Designated areas of Australia
State or territory
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
(except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)
2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2333, 2336 to 2490, 2535 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2787 to 2898
(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
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see
including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet health and
They must hold one of the following visas:
Members of your family unit cannot be added to your application after it has been lodged.
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887). You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted.
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You can only apply for this visa online.
Complete the online form at:
You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged the application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
We will also assign you a case officer who will consider your application and can ask for an interview or ask for more information before they make a decision.
visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a
Bridging visa A, you can apply for a
Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
You can provide more information to us at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
You can provide additional information, including Form 1023, using
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
Tell us if your circumstances change. Please update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.
If unable to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
If the visa is not granted, we will send you a letter or email advising:
You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.
Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) document checklist to make sure your application is complete.
If information needs to be updated, contact the Adelaide General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centre.
Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.
Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.
Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia
This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
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