Business Innovation stream (188A)

RSMS visas are permanent residency visas available for skilled workers. They are available both to skilled workers who are already living and working in Australia as temporary residents, and to skilled workers living outside Australia. To be eligible for this visa, a worker must be nominated by an employer in regional Australia.

The visa holder must maintain the nominated occupation within the eligible regional areas, for a minimum of two years, unless circumstances outside of their control arise which preclude this. Dependent family members may be included.


The 187 visa has two streams: the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream, and the Direct Entry (DE) stream. Each stream has different criteria.

To apply in the TRT stream, you must be the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (457) visa, or a Temporary Skill Shortage (482) visa, or a Bridging Visa granted in association with one of these visas.