Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa provides skilled workers sponsored by an Australian employer permanent residence.

About This Visa

This visa provides skilled workers sponsored by an Australian employer permanent residence.

There are two stages to the application process:

  1. The employer must nominate the employee for permanent residence; and
  2. Once lodged, the employee must apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa.

Note: Temporary Business Sponsorship (subclass 457) visa holders often acquire permanent residence via the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) transitional pathway.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be under the age of 50 unless they qualify for an exemption;
  • Possess the required skills and qualifications you have been nominated for;
  • Possess the required English language skills unless they qualify for an exemption; and
  • Meet the necessary health and character requirements.

There are 3 pathways to attaining an Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa:

Temporary Residence Transition

  • No skills assessment is required as applicants must have already worked with their Australian employer for at least 2 years on a Temporary Business Sponsorship (subclass 457) visa.
  • IELTS 5 in each of the 4 bands is required unless an exemption applies.

The Direct Entry Stream

  • Applicants must have 3 years of relevant work experience and a formal skills assessment for the nominated occupation.
  • IELTS 6 is required as the English language skill level.

The Agreement Stream

  • Requires the employer to have a Labour Agreement.

How can CTG Lawyers help you?

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visas can be refused for several reasons. Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa applications have strict criteria which must be met and there are very few waiver provisions for the age, English language and skill requirements.

To satisfy these requirements, it is essential that all applications are assessed, structured and lodged in a way that meets all applicable DIBP law and policy. CTG Lawyers has the expertise to handle the most complex cases and achieve the best outcomes in circumstances where the applicant would have failed had they applied without our support.

What to do next

To get the right advice, contact us for a consultation with one of our specialist advisors.


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