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Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

Subclass 186 – Employer Sponsored Visa

The subclass 186 visa, or employer sponsored visa, gives you permanent residency in Australia from the day it is granted. You can either be already working and living as a temporary resident or be living outside of Australia. An employer must be an approved standard business sponsor for you to be eligible to apply for the 186 visa.

What is a 186 visa?

The subclass 186 visa allows you to work, live and study in Australia without any conditions and apply for citizenship if you are eligible. Members of your family may also be eligible to come to Australia. Although you need a sponsoring employer to nominate you for a specific job, once you receive the 186 visa you do not need to keep working in that occupation.

For basic eligibility for the 186 visa, you must:

  • Have the skills to do the job.
  • Have an Australian employer nominate you.
  • Have a positive skills assessment.
  • Meet the requirements for character and health.

The 186 visa has two main streams: temporary residence transitional (TRT) and direct entry.

Temporary Residence Transitional Stream

You are eligible to apply for a 186 visa under the temporary residence transitional (TRT) stream if you are currently a temporary worker with a 482 (457) visa or a bridging visa. You must have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least three years (you will need to prove this using a recent group certificate) and your occupation must be on the medium to long-term 186 visa occupation list.

The TRT subclass 186 visa costs from $4,045 and takes between 15 and 11 months to process.

Direct Entry Stream

The direct entry stream is suitable for you if you have never or only briefly worked in Australia and your sponsoring employer lodges a valid nomination. You must have a job on the list of eligible skilled occupations, at least three years’ work experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment before applying for a visa unless you are exempt.

The direct entry subclass 186 visa costs from $4,045

Eligibility for subclass 186 visa

To apply for a subclass 186 visa, your Australian employer must nominate you and you need to apply for the visa within 6 months of approval of the nomination. You must also be under 45 years old at the time of nomination. But you may be eligible for a 186 visa age exemption if you are nominated for a position:

  • As a senior academic by an Australian university.
  • As a technical specialist, researcher or scientist by an Australian scientific government agency.

You may also be age exempt if you have a New Zealand citizen's family member subclass 461 or subclass 444 visa and worked for the nominating employer for a minimum of two years out of the last three years.

You will also need to receive an English score equivalent to IELTS 6 unless you are exempt.

Your 186 visa application may not be successful if:

  • The job is no longer available.
  • Your employer withdraws the application.
  • There is any adverse information available about your nominating employer.

Employer eligibility

For your employer to be eligible to nominate you for a 186 visa they must be an approved as a standard business sponsor. To qualify as a sponsor, the requirements your employer must meet include:

  • Paying you a salary that is in accordance with the Australian market and your contract must meet Fair Work Australia conditions.
  • Establishing and providing evidence they cannot fill the position with someone from Australia and need to employ someone from overseas.
  • Being able to demonstrate a commitment to training.
  • Offering you the position for a minimum of two years.
  • Showing evidence, such as financials, the business is currently operating legally in Australia.
  • Paying a Skilling Australian Fund levy at the time of nomination. The current cost is around:
    • $3,000 for a business turning over less than $10 million a year.
    • $5,000 for a business turning over more than $10 million a year.

Direct Migration Experts can help

Contact the specialists at Direct Migration Experts. We can help you every step of the way to make your subclass 186 visa application a stress-free process. We can assess you and your employer’s eligibility and help you understand what is involved.

Working with us means your application will meet the requirements for permanent residency in Australia which gives you a high chance of success. Call us today on 1300 015 592 to talk to one of our friendly migration experts.

186 Visa Occupation List

The following is a snapshot of the occupations on the 186 visa occupation list.

Item Number

Occupation

ANZECO Code

Assessing Authority

1.

Chief Executive or Managing Director

111111

IML

2.

Construction Project Manager

133111

VETASSESS

3.

Chief Information Officer

135111

ACS

4.

Dancer or Choreographer

211112

VETASSESS

5.

Economist

224311

VETASSESS

6.

Surveyor

232212

SSSI

7.

Structural Engineer

233214

Engineers Australia

8.

Agricultural Consultant

234111

VETASSESS

9.

Chemist

234211

VETASSESS

10.

Biochemist

234513

VETASSESS

11.

Veterinarian

234711

AVBC

12.

Special Needs Teacher

241511

AITSL

13.

Optometrist

251411

OCANZ

14.

Podiatrist

252611

PodBA

15.

General Practitioner

253111

MedBA

16.

Psychiatrist

253411

MedBA

17.

Nurse Practitioner

254411

ANMAC

18.

Multimedia Specialist

261211

ACS

19.

Software Engineer

261313

ACS

20.

Radiocommunications Technician

313211

TRA

21.

Diesel Motor Mechanic

321212

TRA

22.

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322211

TRA

23.

Fitter and Turner

323212

TRA

24.

Panelbeater

324111

TRA

25.

Carpenter

331212

TRA

26.

Painting Trades Worker

332211

TRA

27.

Wall and Floor Tiler

333411

TRA

28.

Drainer

334113

TRA

29.

Horse Trainer

361112

TRA

30.

Footballer

452411

VETASSESS

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