Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186 Visa)

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186 Visa)

The Subclass 186 (ENS) visa enables skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer to live and work in Australia permanently. Applicants can be from overseas, or they may be temporary already residing in Australia. This visa is available for all employers who meet relevant requirements. This visa lets employers fill vacancies for which they are unable to find talent in the local labour market.

The Subclass 186 (ENS) visa have 3 streams

  • Direct Entry Stream
  • Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • Labour Agreement stream

 

Direct Entry Stream:

 

Criteria:

  • Occupation should be on the list of eligible skilled occupations
  • Must have at least 3 years relevant work experience, unless exempted.
  • Must have a positive skills assessment unless you are exempt.
  • Must have at least competent English (Scope of 6 in each module of IELTS or equivalent).
  • Must be under 45 years of age unless exempted.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

 

Temporary Residence Transition stream:

 

Criteria:

  • Must be sponsored by an employer to work full time on subclass 482 or 457 for required years as per legislation.
  • Must be nominated by an employer who sponsored for subclass 482 or 457.
  • Must have at least competent English (Scope of 6 in each module of IELTS or equivalent).
  • Must be under 45 years of age unless exempted.
  • Must have held subclass 457 (not granted under the labour agreement stream) or subclass 482 (MLTSSL stream).
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

 

Labour Agreement Stream:

 

Criteria:

  • Must work or will work for an employer under labour agreement.
  • Must be licenced, registered or a member of a professional body as mandated by state or territory applicants planning to work in.
  • Must be nominated by an Australian employer as per legislation.
  • Must be under the age of 45 unless labour agreements state otherwise.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

Is Subclass 186 a permanent residency visa?

Yes, Subclass 186 is a permanent residency visa.

Can I apply for Subclass 186 directly instead of the transition stream?

Yes, there is a direct entry stream available for eligible applicants.

Do I need an employer to sponsor me for subclass 186?

Yes, Subclass 186 is an employer sponsored visa and one of eligibility requirements is eligible sponsorship.