Employer Nomination Scheme Visa
About this visa
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186
) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme.
This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.
The visa has three streams:
The Temporary Residence Transition stream
- subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
The Direct Entry stream is for:
- people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
- people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
- temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream
The Agreement stream
- people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
- have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the six months before you apply
- are under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless you are exempt
- have the required skills and qualifications for the position (at time of application lodgement you must have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body)
- have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt
- meet health and character requirements
- meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.