Australia Visa Overview

Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)

When it comes to moving to Australia, one of the most confusing aspects is the vast myriad of visa options you can choose as a basis for your Australia Visa application. One of these visa options is the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) and to assist our visitors we have provided a high-level summary of this visa class below.

Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) Overview

The purpose of the Skilled Regional Visa (Residence) (Class VB) (Subclass 887) is to enable provisional General Skilled Migration visa holders to apply for permanent residency. This visa is a permanent visa pathway from the Skilled Regional (provisional) Subclass 489 visa.


  • You must be in Australia to lodge a valid visa application unless a concession applies.
  • This visa allows you to work, study and live in Australia.
  • This is a Permanent resident visa and allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely.
Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408)

Key Eligibility requirements

  • You must be the holder of a prescribed visa.
  • You must have held a prescribed visa for a total of at least 2 years before making the application.
  • You must have lived in a specified regional area for a total of at least 2 years while holding a prescribed visa.
  • You must have worked full-time in a specified regional area for a total of at least 1 year as the holder of a prescribed visa.
  • You must satisfy certain Public Interest criteria and Special Return criteria.

Note: COVID-19 concessions are available to assist subclass 887 visa applicants comply with their regional residency requirements.

Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) – Is this Visa type for you?

If you are considering applying for a Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) we would love to hear from you. Tell us about your journey in our comments below. If you have any questions we encourage you to post these in our forums. You can access our community forums by Clicking Here.

Partner Visa (Subclass 309) & Partner (Migrant) (Subclass 100)

Please note this is only a high level summary of the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) visa

The above is not an exhaustive list of requirements for the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887). This content on this page is provided for Getting Down Under visitors as general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such. While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept-up-to-date and correct, the accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law. Please view our Disclaimer for more information. Post Last Updated: 2020-10-12 10:44:45

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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