Subclass 186

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

Who is this Visa for?

This visa is a permanent residence visa 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 allows application to be made under one of the following streams:

Criteria for prospective 186 Applicants

These are the criteria that the prospective 186 applicants must meet

  • have been nominated by an Australian employer and this nomination has been approved within the six months before the applicants apply
  • are under the age of 45 at the time of application
  • at the time of application, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – including holding (or being eligible for) any mandatory registration, licence or professional membership
  • at the time of lodgement, have competent English level
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

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