Skilled Regional Visa

The Skilled Regional Visa is for individuals who have the skills, experience and qualifications required to fill Australia’s labour shortage.

This visa is a permanent work visa, and suitable applicants must ensure that their occupation is listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). This visa is ideal for those who have the same skills needed for a Skilled Independent Visa, but are not able to meet the pass mark.

In order to apply for the Skilled Regional Visa, you are required to obtain the minimum 60 points plus sponsorship from an eligible relative living in certain Regional Areas of Australia or from a State or Territory Government.

To be sponsored by a State or Territory government, you must meet the specific requirements set by that particular State/Territory.

To be sponsored by a family member, they must live in a regional area of Australia* and must be either: an Australian citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen.

As an applicant, you (or your spouse) must be related to the sponsoring family member as either:

  • A non-dependent child (natural, adoptive or step-child)
  • a parent (natural, adoptive, or step-parent)
  • a brother or sister (natural, adoptive, or step-sibling)
  • a niece or nephew (natural, adoptive or step-niece or nephew)
  • an aunty or uncle (natural, adoptive or step-aunty or uncle)

*Currently, regional areas include:

  • New South Wales – everywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong;
  • Northern Territory – everywhere;
  • Queensland – everywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast;
  • South Australia – everywhere;
  • Tasmania – everywhere;
  • Victoria – everywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area; and
  • Western Australia – everywhere.

Basic Requirements

  • must score a minimum of 60 points on the points assessment
  • must be under 45 years of age
  • must have experience for an occupation on the SOL
  • must meet health and character requirements

You must also submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the online system called “SkillSelect.” Once you’ve submitted an EOI, Australian Employers, State and Territory Governments can view your details, and if they want to hire you, they’ll extend an invitation for you to lodge a visa application.

If you receive an invitation to apply for a visa, there will be a limited timeframe to submit a complete visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you are granted a Skilled Regional visa, you (and any accompanying family members) will be permitted to live, work and study in Australia for up to 4 years. This visa can also be a pathway to permanent residency.

What to do next

What to do next...

Step One

30-60 Minute Phone Consultation

Book a consultation with one of our migration consultants

  • 30 minute consultation AU$99
  • 60 minute consultation AU$179


After the phone consultation, you can decide on the next step.

Step Two Options:

1. Complete the application by yourself

After speaking with a migration consultant, you can opt to make your visa application. You can always book another phone consultation with us to help clarify any questions that might arise while you are preparing your visa application.


2. Appoint migrationxyz to manage everything for you

Appointing one of our registered migration consultants to manage your visa application can help relieve some time and stress. Our consultants will ensure that everything is correctly prepared before submitting it to the Government on your behalf.

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Government Fees & Processing Times

Application Fee AU$3755
Partner Application Fee AU$1875
Dependents Application Fee 18 years or older AU$1875
Under 18 years AU$940
Second Instalment (Click for Details) AU$4885
Processing Times 12 to 24 months

*All Government fees and processing times are obtained from government sources and are not included in our service fee.

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Please Note:

We are not part of the Australian government. We are a private company and we do not have the authority to grant you a Visa of any kind. We can only assist and advise people who want to travel to or migrate to Australia. The final decision on all visa applications rests with the appropriate government authority in Australia.