Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186)

26th June 2020

The 186 visa allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia permanently given that they are nominated by their employer. The 186 can be divided into three streams: Direct Entry, Labour Agreement, and Temporary Residence Transition.

Direct Entry stream conditions for applicants

  • Have an eligible occupation
  • Have relevant work experience
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable for your occupation
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Be nominated by your sponsor
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have a competent level of English
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Labour Agreement stream conditions for applicants

  • Be working under a labour agreement
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable for your occupation
  • Be nominated by your sponsor
  • Be under 45 years when you apply.
  • Must hold a substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement.
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Temporary Residence Transition stream conditions for applicants

  • Have the required skills
  • Licensing, registration or membership
  • Have relevant work experience
  • Be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • Be under 45 years old (exemptions apply)
  • Have a competent level of English language
  • Hold a 457, 482, or bridging visa
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement through completing a health examination
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused