Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This visa is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia and obtain permanent residence. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream.

You Must

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer;
  • be under 45 years of age;
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements;
  • meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely;
  • work and study in Australia;
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses;
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible);
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence;
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Elegibility Criteria

You can apply for this visa only after you have been nominated by your employer in Australia. You must lodge your application within six months of the nomination being approved. You must apply for the visa in the stream and occupation in which your employer nominated you, or your application could be refused.

Each entry stream has different criteria:

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream:  may be available if your employer wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence

You may be eligible under this stream if you hold either of the following:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) – in the medium-term stream unless transitional arrangements apply
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) – not granted under labour agreement arrangements or 
  • related associated Bridging visa.

You must have worked for your employer full-time in Australia on your TSS and/or subclass 457 visa(s) for at least:

  • three out of the previous four years (before the nomination is made) in the same position that they have nominated you for or
  • two out of the previous three years before the nomination is made, if transitional arrangements apply because you either held, or were an applicant for, a subclass 457 visa (which was subsequently granted) on 18 April 2017.

Direct Entry (DE) stream: If you do not meet the requirements under the TRT stream (for example, because you have never, or only briefly worked in Australia), this stream may then be available if your employer still wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence.

Labour Agreement (LA) stream: This stream may be available if your employer wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department that provides for a permanent residence pathway.

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