Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887)
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Skilled Permanent Regional Visa (subclass 887) Application Assistance

AIS Immigration Solutions provide visa information and application assistance with the skilled permanent regional visa (subclass 887) to help you obtain permanent residency. We’re based in Brisbane, but we also offer skype bookings for one-on-one advice with our team of friendly migration agents. Our advice is tailored to suit your circumstances and needs. We can identify the right visa scheme for you and even guide you through the application process to keep things simple and stress-free.

Call us on +61 7 3216 0052 or send us an enquiry today.

Features and Overview:

The skilled regional visa (subclass 887) is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers in regional areas, currently working on a temporary skilled regional visa. It’s the common route for 489 visa applicants to obtain permanent residency. It grants you and any dependent family members with the ability to work, study and live in Australia indefinitely. You’ll also be able to apply for Australian citizenship at a later date if you meet the eligibility requirements.


To obtain a Skilled Regional (subclass 887) visa, you must:

  • Hold an eligible visa
  • Have lived in Australia for at least 2 years and worked full time for at least 1 year in a specified regional area
  • Have complied with the conditions of the eligible visa you hold or have held (if applying while on a bridging visa)

An eligible visa means either, a subclass 489, 495, 496, 475 or 487 visa, or an A / B bridging visa if you have made a valid application for a subclass 489, 495 or 487 visa.

Application Process:

You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa. As this visa is not regularly applied for, average times are not available from the Department of Home Affairs. If you get in touch with us, we can provide you with an estimate based on our recent experience helping 887 visa applicants.

Other Requirements:

  • You must pass the character and health
  • You must obey all Australian laws during your residency.
  • You need to have competent English. See the thresholds and requirements for various English tests here. You likely met this requirement when applying for your eligible temporary visa.
  • You must obey all Australian laws during your residency.
  • You must have paid back any debt owing to the Australian government, if any.
  • You must have not had a visa previously cancelled.
  • You must have lived and worked full-time (at least 35 hours a week) in regional Australia for at least 12 months as the holder of an eligible skilled visa.

If you were nominated by a state or territory government for your eligible temporary visa, you must:

  • Be an eligible visa holder for at least 2 years and
  • Have lived for at least 2 years in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area

If you were sponsored by a family member for your eligible temporary visa, you must:

  • Be an eligible visa holder for at least 2 years and
  • Have lived for at least 2 years in a designated area of Australia


The cost of this visa application is $385, plus additional fees if you have any family members on your application. If any of your dependent family members aged over 18 on your application have less than functional English, you may be required to pay a second instalment of $4,890 if the application is granted.

Is this visa right for me?

If you currently work as a temporary skilled regional visa applicant, this visa will suit you perfectly as you’ll likely already meet all of the requirements. Provided you’ve worked in your regional area for at least a year and held your visa for at least two, you’ll most likely have met the other requirements during your temporary visa application and throughout your visa stay.

Still unsure if this visa is best suited to your needs? Our team of experienced migration agents have comprehensive knowledge of all the Australian visa schemes and are sure to find one that suits your needs and circumstances perfectly. We’re here to make the application process simple and stress-free and facilitate your path to permanent residency. Get in touch with us today.

Call +61 7 3216 0052 or send us an enquiry for professional advice from our experienced migration agents today to see if the skilled permanent regional visa (subclass 887) is suited to you.