Skilled Regional visa

This visa is for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia on a previous, eligible visa.

With this visa you can

  • Stay in Australia permanently
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • Sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

You become a permanent resident on the day we grant the visa. For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day you enter Australia, on this visa

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include family members in your application when you apply
  • add family members to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa


The visa costs AUD415 for the main applicant.


From the date we grant this visa, you can travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.

After that period, you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Processing times

  • 75% of applications: 19 months
  • 90% of applications: 22 months

We assess applications on a case by case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program


  • All applicants must be in Australia and hold an eligible visa at the time a subclass 887 visa application is made.
  • At the time you apply for this visa you must have lived for a total of at least 2 years, as the holder of one or more eligible visas.
  • When you apply for this visa you must have worked full-time for at least 12 months as the holder of one or more eligible skilled visas.
  • You, and any family members holding an eligible visa, must have complied with the conditions attached to your eligible visa when in Australia.
  • You must meet our health requirement.
  • You must meet our character requirement.
  • Signed Australian Value Statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

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