The Skilled - Regional (subclass 887) visa is a second stage permanent visa with no points based requirements. The Subclass 887 visa grants full legal permanent residence to its holders. To obtain this visa, an applicant must certain requirements at the time the application is lodged.
The Skilled - Regional (subclass 887) visa replaced the second stage Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored (subclass 883) visa and the State/Territory Nominated Independent (subclass 137) visa on 01 September 2007.
An applicant must hold one of the following visas that was granted as the main applicant or as a spouse or interdependent partner of the main applicant:
a provisional Skilled - Independent Regional (subclass 495) visa
a provisional Skilled - Designated Area - Sponsored (subclass 496) visa
a Bridging visa granted because the applicant has made a valid application for a subclass 495 visa.
Applicants and dependents must have complied with the conditions of the their current provisional visa and the applicant must have lived for at least two years and worked full time for one year in a Specified Regional Area as per the following table:
Australia Regional or Low Population growth Areas table
State or Territory
Post Code areas
New South Wales
2311 - 2312
4124 – 4125
3211 - 3334
6041 - 6044
You can include the following family members in your visa application:
your or your partner's dependent child
your or your partner's dependent relative.
This visa allows you and your accompanying family members to:
live and work permanently in Australia
study in Australia
enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
access certain social security payments
apply for Australian citizenship (subject to residency criteria)
sponsor relatives for permanent residence.
Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which Australian immigration considers applications regardless of when they have been submitted. To find out more about the priority processing arrangements Australian immigration has in place, please see our Priority Processing page.
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