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Employer Nomination Scheme Visa
(Subclass 186)

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The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia.

This visa involves a two-step process. Firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer. Secondly, the visa application should be under the nominated stream.

This visa is a permanent residence visa. The visa applicant can be in or outside Australia when the application is made. The visa application can only be made post nomination and if the nomination has been approved, the visa application should be lodged within six months of the approval. For the visa application to be granted, the applicant must apply for the visa in the stream and occupation in line with the employer nomination.


Who can nominate a skilled worker for this Employer Nomination Visa?
Employer can nominate a skilled worker for this visa if:
  • they actively and lawfully operate a business in Australia
  • they have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • they offer a skilled position in the applicant's field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
  • they pay a market salary rate
  • they comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
  • there is no adverse information known about the business or any person associated with the business.
Employer must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream. 1. Temporary residence transition stream This stream is for employers who have already sponsored the applicant for a or Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) Visa:
  • The employee must have worked in the nominated position in the business, on a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa as a primary visa holder, for two to three years before the nomination is made.
  • The nomination must identify an occupation (for the position) that is listed on the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations and has the same four-digit occupation unit group code as the occupation being carried out by the employee.
  • The nominated position must be full time, ongoing and available for at least two years and be consistent with the position in which the applicant has already worked in the business, unless exempted (may be applicable to certain medical occupations).
  • The employer must have met the subclass 457 visa training requirements in each year it has been a standard business sponsor.
Training requirements The employer must meet the following training requirements:
  • If the business has been trading in Australia for more than 12 months, the business must show that it has contributed to the training of Australians. It must meet one of two benchmarks:
    • Training Benchmark A: recent expenditure equal to at least 2 per cent of the payroll of the business in payments allocated to an industry training fund that operates in the same industry as the business and a commitment to maintain that level of expenditure for the term of approval as a sponsor
    • Training Benchmark B: recent expenditure equal to at least 1 per cent of the payroll of the business, in the provision of training to employees of the business. The expenditure must be an expenditure that can count towards the benchmark.
  • If business has been operating for less than 12 months, you must demonstrate that you have an auditable plan to meet this training benchmark.
2. Direct entry stream This stream is for employers who want to nominate an applicant to fill a position that is: 3. Agreement stream This stream enables an employer to nominate an applicant through a labour agreement that has been negotiated with the government before the lodgement of the nomination.


Can an applicant use skill assessment done for 485 visa for the purpose of this visa application?
No, skills assessments obtained for a subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as these types of skills assessments are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes.

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