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Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa subclass is for skilled workers that have been offered nomination for a permanent position in an eligible occupation in Australia (via the DE stream).

This visa is also common pathway (via the TRT stream) for 457/TSS visa holders who have the ability to transition to permanent residency after two or three years with their nominated employer.

Only occupations that are listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are eligible for sponsorship via the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) via the Direct Entry pathway.

Three Streams of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186)

The Direct Entry (DE) stream enables skilled workers to be nominated by an employer to live and work in Australia permanently.

Basic Eligibility:

  • Three years of skilled work experience¬†
  • Positive Full Skills Assessment
  • Competent English

This stream is for holders of 457/TSS visas that have worked full-time with their sponsoring employer for at least 2/3 years on a 457/TSS visa.

The Labour Agreement stream is for skilled workers who are nominated by an organisation that has a Labour Agreement with the federal government.

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

This visa subclass has three streams

The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream

This is for subclass 457/TSS visa holders who have worked with their employer under a 457/TSS Visa for a minimum of two or three years (depending on your circumstances) and has been offered permanent employment by their employer.

The Direct Entry (DE) Stream

This stream enables applicants in certain occupations to be sponsored directly for permanent residency. Applicants must have at least three years work experience, have a full skills assessment, posses Competent English and be nominated in an eligible occupation.

The Agreement stream

This stream is for skilled workers that are sponsored by an organisation that is a party to a negotiated Labour Agreement.

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The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa has Two Stages

First Stage - Nomination

The Employer lodges a nomination for the applicant to work in their organisation, the nomination will include a specified occupation that is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, the terms and conditions of employment, and the businesses genuine need for the employee.

Second Stage - Visa Application

The Nominee then lodges an application for a visa to work permanently in the company they have been sponsored by. They must show they have the required skills, English ability and meet health and character requirements.

Transitional Arrangements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders

Transitional arrangements are in place for subclass 457 visa holders that held or had applied for a subclass 457 visa prior to 18 April 2017 which was subsequently granted. These transitional arrangements will allow these visa holders to apply for Permanent Residency via the Temporary Transition Stream (TRT) if they are under 50 years of age, have been sponsored on any occupation and have completed at least two years with their sponsoring employer.

Next Steps?

If you have any questions about these requirements, or would like to speak to one of our immigration lawyers for more information on Australian visas get in touch with Ethos Migration Lawyers today.

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