The Skilled – Regional Visa (subclass 887) sponsored work visa category is for highly skilled individuals who also have education, skills and employability which will contribute to the economy in Australia, are willing to settle in States/Territories where their skills are in demand and can demonstrate that they have spent 2 years lawfully living in Australia already (generally on a Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) visa).
To qualify for citizenship, you must demonstrate that you have spent 2 years lawfully living in Australia (generally on a Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) visa).
Under this category you are expected to live in the State/Territory that first nominated you for the first two years of your new life in Australia.
This visa entitles you to permanent residence in Australia based on a combination of your skills, your work experience and sponsorship from the State/Territory that nominated you.
Nominees are selected by participating States/Territories in Australia to meet the skills shortages in those States/Territories. The current participating States/Territories are Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
If you were successful in applying under this category, you would have to undertake the following obligations:
Each participating State/Territory maintains a list of occupations in demand whereby nomination may be a possibility.
The advantage to you in applying through the state sponsored work visa category is that your migration application will be processed significantly faster in line with the visa processing priorities, and it may be easier for you to find a job in Australia.