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17 Jan 2016

Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

If you’re skilled in an occupation that’s in high demand in Australia, you could move here on the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186). A permanent residence visa, it is available in three streams, each one relating to different situations and circumstances. Here, we’re going to take you through those streams and what you need to know about the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

Who is it for?

The Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) is for skilled workers that have been nominated by an approved Australian employer, and those who qualify for any of the visa stream. Eligible individuals must be under the age of 50 at the time of application, have the skills and qualifications required for the position specified in the application lodgement, and have the appropriate English language skills, and health and character requirements.

The Streams

1) Temporary Residence Transition stream is for skilled workers who have already worked in Australia for 2 years under the temporary 457 visa. An employer who wants to nominate an employee for a permanent position in the same occupation should also lodge the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
2) Direct Entry stream is for people who have never worked, or only worked briefly in Australia, who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream, or for temporary residents who are not eligible for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
3) Agreement stream is for skilled workers sponsored by their employer through a labour agreement.

What are the requirements?

For a skilled worker to be approved for the Employment Nomination Scheme visa, they must meet the following:
• Age requirements (unless exempt)
• English language requirements (unless exempt)

Skills requirement and skills assessment (unless exempt)
• Health requirements
• Character requirements
• Prerequisite visa requirements in particular streams

Completion of the 186 applicant document checklist will help you ensure you have provided all of the required doucments.

What is the successful applicant entitled to?

Skilled workers granted with this visa can enjoy:
• Indefinite stay in Australia
• Work and study in Australia
• Enrolment in Australia’s health-related care and expenses scheme or Medicare
• Potential application for Australian citizenship
• Travel to and from Australia within five years from the date the visa is granted
• Sponsor relatives for permanent residency, if they are eligible

How much does it cost?

Fees and charges for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa vary from time to time. It depends on the date that an application is lodged. Refer to the current visa pricing table for reference.
• Surcharge fees will apply when paying a visa application by credit card.
• Second instalment charge will apply for applicants with less than functional English.
• Additional fees may be required for policies certificates, health assessments and other tests and certificates


Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).


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