Australia Permanent Residency Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 887

Overview

The skilled regional visa, subclass 887, is for skilled regional visa holders who lived in the designated regional area and wish to apply for Australian permanent residency.

Once granted, it allows the visa holder (and dependent family members included in the application) to:

  • stay in Australia with permanent residency status
  • work and study in Australia (without any restriction)
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted
  • enrol in Australian Medicare services
  • apply for Australian citizenship and passport
  • sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Who is it for

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

How to qualify

To be eligible to apply, you must

  • hold an eligible visaor have held an eligible visa that expired outside Australia during the concession period
  • have lived for at least 2 or more years and worked full time for at least 1 year in a specified regional area,
  • have fulfilled the conditions of the eligible visayou hold or have held

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Step 1 – Before you apply

Before you apply you need to gather and prepare all of the required documents. And forms

Check your passport is up-to-date

You and your dependent family members must have valid passports. 

Step 2 – Gather your documents

You must provide evidence of your identity, character and other things that you have complied with your visa conditions in Australia. You will also need to provide documents for your partner and any dependent children.

For this visa program, it is very important to provide evidence that you have lived for a total of at least 2 years, and worked full-time (minimum 35 hours or more a week) for at least 1 year as the holder of an eligible visa in one or more areas listed as:

Evidence of work:

  • Proof of full-time work can include but is not limited to:
  • Employment reference letters:
  • Notices of Assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office
  • Copies of bank statements showing salary deposits
  • Superannuation documents
  • Payslips that cover the period of work
  • Employment contracts, group certificates and any other documents relevant to your employment history

Evidence of residence:

  • Proof of residence can include but is not limited to:
  • Rental agreements
  • Copies of utility bills such as electricity bill, gas and water bill.
  • School reports
  • Title deeds to your residence
  • Any other evidence that proves you and any family members are resident in a specified regional area.

Step 3 – Apply for the visa

You can apply for this visa online. You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply.

Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or do not provide true information.

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Step 4 – After you apply

Department of Home Affairs will let you know when they have received your visa application.

Step 5 – Visa outcome

You will not receive any visa sticker in your passport. You will just receive a visa grant letter. Note the following things in the grant letter

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions, if applicable

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

  • Identity documents such as passport, birth certificate, driver license and photograph
  • Police clearance
  • Previous visa application evidences
  • Employment reference letters
  • Notices of Assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office
  • Copies of bank statements showing wage or salary deposits
  • Superannuation documents
  • Pay slips that cover the period of employment
  • Employment contracts
  • Taxation documents including business activity statements
  • Evidence of business registration
  • Leases or rental agreements
  • Utility bills such as telephone, gas or electricity that show your home address(es)
  • Title deeds to your home
  • Any other evidence that demonstrates you and any family members are resident in a specified regional area.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Government Fees

From AUD 415

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

 

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