186 Visa ENS - Employer Nominated Scheme

The 186 visa allows employers to sponsor, or assist, employees on a 457 visa onto a pathway to progress to permanent residence while remaining in Australia.

There are 3 eligibility pathways for the 186 visa:


  • Direct Entry Stream - For applicants who do not hold a 457 visa
  • Transitional Residence Stream - For applicants who have worked for their employer for 2 years while holding a 457 visa
  • Agreement Stream - for persons who will work for an employer who has a labour agreement (this is relatively uncommon - but please contact us for further details)


The key requirements for this visa which you must meet at the time the application is lodged, are as follows:-


  • your employer must be prepared to nominate you for permanent residence and meet the nomination  requirements.
  • your occupation must be on the gazetted CSOL list.


Other eligibility requirements:-

Transition Stream - You must have worked in a full-time position in Australia in the occupation (mentioned above) on a Subclass 457 visa, for your employer, for the last two years prior to the visa application being made OR

Direct Entry Stream- have had your skills assessed as suitable by the appropriate skills assessing authority and have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged (unless there are exceptional circumstances)


  • show that you have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the position
  • If you need to be licensed or registered, then you must already be so (e.g. registered nurse, electrician etc.) 
  • be under 50 years of age (unless you meet the exemptions)
  • provide a contract confirming your remuneration, postion, employment terms etc. This must meet market salary requirements.
  • have Competent English language ability (i.e. IELTS of at least 6.0 in each band)
  • you will also need to meet the health and character requirements for a permanent visa.


Contact our Australian Migration agent to make an appointment to meet in our offices to discuss your 186 visa eligibility:

General Enquiry Form

Generated with MOOJ Proforms Version 1.3
* Required information.

If you have a specific query or would like to contact us to make an appointment for a consultation then please complete and submit the form below.

Email Address *
First Name *
Surname *
Contact Telephone No. (include area codes) *
Town of Residence *
Enquiry Subject *
Your Enquiry *


Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.