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What is a Employer Nomination Scheme Visa – Subclass 186?

The 186 visa, also known as the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa, is a category of permanent residency visa within the Australian immigration system. It enables skilled foreign workers to obtain permanent residency in Australia through employer sponsorship. This visa is designed to address skill shortages by allowing Australian employers to nominate foreign workers who possess the required skills and qualifications for specific positions that cannot be readily filled by the local labour market.

Subclass 186 Stream

There are 3 streams for the Subclass 186 Visa. The requirements vary depending on the stream for which the applicant is eligible or applying.

Direct Entry Stream

The Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Visa (Subclass 186) is for applicants who have never held a temporary Australian visa or worked in Australia before. Temporary residents with a 457 visa may be eligible to apply under this stream if they do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream. The application must be made from outside Australia.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

The Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT) of the Employer Nomination Visa (Subclass 186) is for applicants who are currently living in Australia and have previously held a temporary 457 visa. They must have worked for the same employer for up to two years in the same occupation for which the employer is now offering a permanent position. The employer must have submitted a valid nomination to the Home Affairs Department and must not be subject to a labor agreement. In summary, the TRT stream is for those who have worked for the same employer for at least 2 years in the same occupation and employer willing to offer a permanent position and have a valid nomination from employer.

Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement Stream is for applicants who hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) and were sponsored by their employer through a labor agreement. To be eligible for this stream, the applicant must meet the age, skill, and English language requirements specified in the agreement.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be under 45 years of age, with certain exemptions for academic lecturers, researchers, scientists, 444 visa holders or current employees of the sponsoring employer.
The applicant must have the skills listed in the skilled occupation list, including a minimum of three years of relevant work experience.
The applicant must have a registered sponsoring employer who meets the official requirements of the Australian government.
The applicant must have a minimum level of English proficiency or be a citizen or permanent resident of certain countries which are exempt from providing evidence for English profici