Employer Nominated Visa Scheme (Subclass 186)

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Secure Your Future in Australia with Employer Nominated Visa Scheme (Subclass 186)

At Visa Lounge, we’re your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of securing your Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186). This Australian visa category allows skilled workers, nominated by their employers, to live and work in Australia permanently.

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What is a Subclass 186 Visa?

The subclass 186 visa is a permanent residency visa that enables skilled employees nominated by their Australian employers to settle in Australia permanently. As a potential applicant, you must fulfil the primary criteria of having the necessary skills, English language ability, meeting health and character requirements, and receiving an Australian employer’s nomination.

Subclass 186 Visa Streams

The subclass 186 visa consists of three streams:

1. Direct Entry Stream

The Direct Entry (DE) stream provides a pathway for skilled workers, nominated by an employer, to live and work in Australia permanently. To be eligible, your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations, have a positive skills assessment, have at least three years relevant work experience and possess at least Competent English. The processing time for this visa stream varies between 3 to 13 months.

2. Temporary Residence Transition Stream

The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream is designed for skilled workers holding a subclass 482 TSS visa or a related bridging visa A, B, or C. Usually, you must have worked for your nominating employer full-time for at least three years. Processing times can range from 6 to 14 months.

This visa pathway allows you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely.

3. Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement stream caters to skilled workers nominated by an employer that has a labour agreement in place. The eligibility requirement includes the employer having places available for nominations under the subclass 186 visa and as a general rule, the applicant must have at least three years work experience in the occupation with the employer. Processing times can range from 4 to 11 months.

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Visa Requirements

The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186) in Australia is designed for skilled workers nominated by an Australian employer. There are several critical requirements for this visa:

Skill Requirement: Applicants should possess the necessary skills for the job. Your occupation must be on one of the below lists of eligible skilled occupations.

  • The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL): This list includes a wide range of occupations in sectors such as education, engineering, healthcare, and IT. This list applies to the Direct Entry stream.
  • The Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL): This list includes occupations that can be sponsored under the subclass 482 TSS visa for up to two years, with the possibility to extend for further two years. Some concessions apply to occupations on this list to transition to permanent residency through subclass 186 visa.
  • The Regional Occupation List (ROL): This list includes occupations that are in demand in regional areas of Australia.

To determine which specific occupations are eligible for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa and under which stream, it’s best to consult with a registered migration agent, as these occupation lists are regularly updated based on the needs of the Australian labour market.

Employer Nomination: Applicants must be nominated by an Australian employer. This nomination involves the employer stating that there is a genuine need for the applicant’s skills and experience in the business.

Health Requirement: Applicants must meet specific health requirements. This generally involves having a health examination. The results are usually valid for 12 months. This will apply to you, and any dependent family members included in your application, whether they are applying with you or separately.

Character Requirement: Applicants must be of good character to enter Australia. This often involves providing a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16.

English Language Requirement: Applicants should have at least competent English, which is generally assessed through recognised English language tests such as IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL.

Age Requirement: While there are limited age exemptions available, generally, applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of application.

Work Experience Requirement: The applicant must be able to demonstrate work experience for a certain period (for instance, the Direct Entry stream requires the applicant to have worked full-time for at least three years in the occupation or a closely related occupation).

The specifics of the requirements can vary depending on which stream of the Subclass 186 Visa you are applying for: Direct Entry Stream, Labour Agreement Stream, or Temporary Residence Transition Stream.

Applicants are advised to consult with a registered migration specialist for advice tailored to their specific circumstances, as this is a general overview, and the requirements can change.

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Why Choose Visa Lounge Australia?

At Visa Lounge, our commitment to providing the finest immigration strategy services has helped countless skilled professionals secure their subclass 186 visas. Here’s why we’re the preferred choice:

Experienced Specialists: Our consultants have been providing top-tier consulting services since 2009, enabling us to understand the intricacies of the Australian immigration system better.

Transparent Pricing: With our fixed-fee pricing model, you know all the costs upfront, ensuring clarity and peace of mind throughout the process.

Visa Application Management: We take charge of the entire visa process, saving you time, effort, and money. Our detailed planning and execution assure a smoother transition to your new life in Australia.

Strategic Approach: Our unique strategy has empowered hundreds of businesses and individuals to realise successful migration outcomes. We strive to help you navigate the Australian immigration system confidently, rapidly, and affordably.

Are you ready to take the next step towards securing your future in Australia? Contact Visa Lounge today, and let us guide you through the complexities of the subclass 186 visa application process.

Note: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and should be used as general advice only. Please consult one of our registered migration specialists for professional advice tailored to your circumstances.