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Subclass 186 - Employer Nominated Permanent Residence Visa

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa subclass 186 is for skilled workers who want to work and reside in Australia on a permanent basis.

The visa has two parts:

  • a nomination by an approved Australian employer
  • an application completed by the visa applicant

The visa has three streams:

  1. The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
  2. The Direct Entry stream is for people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream:
    1. who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
    2. who are temporary residents that have not worked for their sponsoring employer for more than 2 years (for applications lodged before March 2018)
  3. The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

The visa applicant must:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer for an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • be within the approved age limit
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless exempt
  • apply under the correct stream – see above

The visa is a permanent visa which then allows the applicant a pathway to citizenship in the future.