5 basics of the Employer Nominated Scheme (Subclass 186)
1. Who is the Employer Nominated Scheme (Subclass 186) visa for?
– Skilled workers who want to work in Australia. Note this is a permanent visa.
2. What is the application process?
– You must be nominated by an approved Australian employer (i.e. they must have a Standard Business Sponsorship) and an application must be made under the nominated stream.
3. What are the three streams?
– Temporary Residence Transition stream: For subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for 2 years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
– Direct Entry stream: For people who (a) have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream; (b) people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, (c) or temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
– Agreement stream: For people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
4. When can you apply?
– You can only apply for a subclass 186 visa after you have been nominated by an employer in Australia.
5. Are there any special rules/ eligibility criteria?
– Yes. You must be younger than 50 years of age (unless exempt) and must meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements (unless you are exempt).
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