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What is the Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme?

  • A skilled visa, the Subclass 186 allows you to be nominated by an employer to live and work in Australia.
  • This visa is a permanent residency visa.
  • There are two main streams in which an applicant can apply:
    • Direct Entry Scheme:
    • Temporary Residence Transition Stream: This stream is for people who have held 457 or 482 visas and worked for the nominating employer for at least three years full-time.


    • The Direct Entry stream requires:
      • You to have a nominating employer;
      • Three years’ experience in the nominated occupation;
      • With the nominated occupation on the Skilled Occupations List; and
      • You have a positive Skills Assessment.
    • The Temporary Residence Transition stream requires:


  • You have a nominating employer (with a nomination approved in the past six months);
  • You hold a 457 or 482 visa, and;
  • While holding this visa, you worked for the nominating employer for a minimum of 3 years’ full time.



  • You may be onshore or offshore when this application is made.
  • You may be onshore or offshore at the time that a decision is being made on your application.
  • This visa permits unlimited work rights.
  • This visa enables you to bring your partner and children to Australia on your visa, or as a subsequent entrant.
  • This visa grants you multiple travel facilities, allowing you to enter and exit Australia.

This visa has a global processing time, which can be found here. (hyperlink to https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times)

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