Skilled Regional (887 visa)

Skilled Regional (887 visa)

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Skilled Regional (887 visa)

Only those who previously held a temporary work visa are eligible to apply for the 887 visa, which is a permanent work visa. You can live permanently in Australia with a visa 887, but only if you already held a visa and have previously worked and resided in that region.

In addition, after holding your 887 visa for a few years, you may submit an application for Australian citizenship provided you match the requirements.

General eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a permanent Skilled Regional visa (Subclass 887), you must: 

  • be inside Australia at the time of lodging your visa
  • at the time of lodgement hold a prerequisite visa  
  • have, prior to lodgement, held a qualifying visa for at least two (2) years 
  • have lived in a specified regional area for at least two (2) years
  • have worked full-time in a specified regional area for at least one (1) year
  • meet relevant health and character requirements.