Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Australia - Subclass 186
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Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass) 186

Subclass 186 visa is structured for eligible Australian employers who wish to sponsor skilled overseas workers to live and work permanently in the country.

This visa is further categorized as –

  • Direct Entry Scheme – This stream is for skilled workers nominated by an employer to live and work in the country permanently.
  • Labour Agreement Scheme- This stream is for those skilled workers nominated by an employer, who is a party to the labour agreement, to permanently live and work in the country permanently.
  • Temporary Residence Transition Scheme- This stream is for those skilled workers who have held temporary work (skilled) visa subclass 457 and are nominated by their employer to permanently live and work in the country.

Why to apply for an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa 186

Subclass 186 visa is a permanent permit to the country. This visa allows its holder to-

  • Stay in the Nation for an indefinite period.
  • Study and work in the Country in their respective field of interest.
  • To enrol in the health care scheme of the Government.
  • To sponsor other family members (if eligible) to come to the country.
  • To travel to and fro from the country for five years.
  • To apply for citizenship (if eligible).

To apply for an ENS subclass 186 visa, consult E-Help professional 186 visa consultants/ immigration agents for complete details on visa conditions and eligibility.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Subclass 186 Visa

To be eligible to apply for a subclass 186 visa, the applicant must meet the Department’s requirements for the visa category.

  • The applicant must possess the necessary skills as per the 186 visa occupation list.
  • The applicant must be of eligible age-
    • Under 45 years at the time when an application is filed (certain exemptions apply).
  • The applicant must be nominated by an employer who –
    • Is actively and lawfully operating in the country.
    • Meets the specified minimum training requirements criteria.
    • Has entered into a labour agreement with the Australian Government (for labour agreement stream).
    • Has adhered to its obligations as a subclass 457 approved sponsor (for temporary residence transition scheme).
    • Has no adverse information against it.
  • The applicant must have a successful skill assessment test by the relevant assessing authority (for direct entry scheme).
  • The nomination should be made for a genuine position-
    • For a minimum of two years on a full-time basis.
    • For an occupation mentioned in the consolidated skilled occupation list. (for direct entry scheme).
    • That offers employment terms and conditions that are no less favourable than those offered to Australian citizens or permanent residents (for both direct entry scheme and temporary residence transition scheme).
    • Must be same or closely associated position for which subclass 457 visa or a related bridging visa A, B, or C was granted for at least three years (for temporary residence transition scheme).
  • For applying under the Temporary Residence Transition Scheme, the applicants must have held a subclass 457 visa in the nominated (or closely related) position, through the nominating employer, for at least the two years before the 186 application form or any relevant bridging visa A, B, or C.
  • The applicant must have a competent English language (vocational English for temporary residence transition scheme).
  • The applicant must meet all the health and character requirements of the visa category.
  • The applicant must not have a history of cancelled visas as it might lead to rejection of the visa application.
  • The applicant (if aged above 18) must confirm and sign the Australian Values Statement to ensure that they abide by the Australian laws and respect the Australian way of living.
  • Applicants applying under the Labour Agreement Stream need to meet the experience, skills, and English language requirements provided under the relevant labour agreement, in addition to the other general requirements.

The applicant is also required to comply with the visa conditions attached to the visa category.
The shared information is exclusive but not exhaustive, and the applicants are advised to take the help of qualified migration agents to go through the complete eligibility requirements before applying. For more information on visa conditions and processing, please contact our immigration consultants to assist you through the entire process.

Please book an appointment with our 186 visa consultants/ immigration agents to ensure your favourable visa application processing. Our visa consultants/ immigration agents are trained to counsel the applicants based on their eligibility regarding the visa conditions, requirements, and processing.

How to Apply for a Subclass 186 Visa

Before applying for the subclass 186 visa application, the applicant must ensure that they hold a valid passport. If not, it is advised to secure a fresh passport before initiating the visa application process.

The next step lies in the gathering of the relevant evidence as per the visa conditions. The 186 visa application form has two stages for filing-

  • Securing nomination from an eligible employer
  • Filing the 186 visa application form

The duly filled and complete subclass 186 visa application form should be filed with the Department along with the requisite fees. The current fee for the 186 visa form is AUD 4045/-
Communicate with our 186 visa consultant/ immigration agents for accurate filing of all the application information. Our specialized (186) visa consultants/ immigration agents dig in the client’s profile and provide all the assistance based on their requirements and eligibility conditions. Please schedule an appointment with our visa consultants/immigration agents to start a hassle-free and effortless visa journey.
After filing the visa application form successfully, the Department communicates the decision at the applicants’ registered mail.

Processing Time for Subclass 186 Visa

The usual processing time for the 186 visa application differs depending upon the individual’s profile. The standard processing time is-
For Direct Entry Scheme-
Four months for 75% of the visa application form (approx)
Seven months for 90% of the visa application form (approx)
For Temporary Residence Transition Scheme-
Four months for 75% of the visa application form (approx)
Nine months for 90% of the visa application form (approx)
For Labour Agreement Scheme-
Processing time varies due to the low volume of visa applications under this category.

Communicate with a professional 186 visa consultants/ immigration agent at E-Help in Brisbane or Gold Coast for further details on the visa processing and eligibility requirements.

Contact Us

We, at E-Help, don’t sell. We counsel. Our 186 visa consultants/ immigration agents communicate with you, screen your profile to understand your preferences, requirements, eligibility, and then identify the segment (conditions) that can offer you the highest possibility of successful migration along with the best prospects. Our consultants/ agents are frequently updated with the latest immigration laws, conditions, and policies.
Our visa consultants/immigration agents will be more than happy to assist you in your range of visa processing and conditions based questions. To book an appointment with our visa consultants/immigration agents, contact us or dial us at 1300 92 33 22.

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