Employer Nomination Scheme 186


This visa provides the employee an opportunity to remain permanently in Australia.

The Subclass 186 visa consists of three different streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream: this is a popular option for those who have worked on a 457 visa for the last 2 years. For this stream, a skills assessment is not required however an IELTS score is required as per updated legislation.
  • Direct Entry Stream: a formal skills assessment of an employee’s occupation is required as well as three years of experience. An IELTS score is also required as per updated legislation.
  • Agreement Stream: if an employer has an approved labour agreement in place to fill positions for certain occupations, an employee can apply via this stream

The application process for the Subclass 186 visa involves reviewing the sponsor’s business operations, meeting the satisfactory record of training requirement and nominating an employee to fill a particular occupation. The applicant must also meet specific criteria including obtaining an IELTS score as well as health and character requirements.

Obtaining skills assessments can be challenging as each skills assessing authority has different criteria. We deal with many skills assessment authorities regulary. In some circumstances the skills assessment requirement can be avoided depending on your situation.

Australian Immigration laws change regularly, often several times per year therefore it is important for you to be aware of the most recent changes to migration legislation and how they may affect your situation. As registered Migration professionals, we receive instant updates from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as well as migration industry representative bodies and associations. We can handle the visa application process for you to ensure the best outcome for your personal situation.

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