Lloyd Kelbrick

Australian Migration Agent

Telephone: +61 (08) 9301 0660


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186 Visa ENS - Employer Nominated Scheme

The 186 visa allows employers to sponsor, or assist, employees on a 457 visa onto a pathway to progress to permanent residence while remaining in Australia.

There are 3 eligibility pathways for the 186 visa:

 

  • Direct Entry Stream - For applicants who do not hold a 457 visa
  • Transitional Residence Stream - For applicants who have worked for their employer for 2 years while holding a 457 visa
  • Agreement Stream - for persons who will work for an employer who has a labour agreement (this is relatively uncommon - but please contact us for further details)

 

The key requirements for this visa which you must meet at the time the application is lodged, are as follows:-

 

  • your employer must be prepared to nominate you for permanent residence and meet the nomination  requirements.
  • your occupation must be on the gazetted CSOL list.

 

Other eligibility requirements:-

Transition Stream - You must have worked in a full-time position in Australia in the occupation (mentioned above) on a Subclass 457 visa, for your employer, for the last two years prior to the visa application being made OR

Direct Entry Stream- have had your skills assessed as suitable by the appropriate skills assessing authority and have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged (unless there are exceptional circumstances)

 

  • show that you have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the position
  • If you need to be licensed or registered, then you must already be so (e.g. registered nurse, electrician etc.) 
  • be under 50 years of age (unless you meet the exemptions)
  • provide a contract confirming your remuneration, postion, employment terms etc. This must meet market salary requirements.
  • have Competent English language ability (i.e. IELTS of at least 6.0 in each band)
  • you will also need to meet the health and character requirements for a permanent visa.

 

Contact our Australian Migration agent to make an appointment to meet in our offices to discuss your 186 visa eligibility:

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