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We fully understand all the visa options available to Australian employers wanting to add foreign workers to their workforce and we will tailor a migration solution tailored to your unique workplace circumstances.

There are currently four options available to Australian employers who want to employ foreign workers:
Temporary options:
Option 1: The subclass 457 Temporary Work visa
Option 2: The subclass 402 Training and Research visa
Permanent options:
Option 3: The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
Option 4: The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
Other Options
Option 5: Labour agreement

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Option 1 – The subclass 457 Temporary Work visa

  • This is a temporary visa which allows a business to employ someone from outside Australia in a skilled job in Australia.
  • The subclass 457 Temporary Work Visa has the quickest processing time of the available visa options.
  • If the company and the visa applicant meet the criteria for the visa it is usually granted within 2 to 6 weeks of applying.

Option 2 – The subclass 402 Training and Research visa

  • This is a temporary visa for people to come to Australia to participate in occupational training, research, or participate in a professional development program.
  • Processing time is usually 4 to 8 weeks.

Option 3 – The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa

  • This is a permanent residence visa available to employers anywhere in Australia. After a qualifying period employees can go on to become Australian citizens.
  • There are two pathways to the 186 visa.
    • The first is a direct application which requires the applicant to obtain an Australian skills assessment and demonstrate three years of experience in their occupation at a skilled level (usually post qualification experience).
    • The second pathway involves the employee spending two years with their employer on a 457 visa first and then applying for the 186 visa through what is known as the Temporary Residence Transitional Stream (TRT). No skills assessment is required for this pathway. Processing time for the 186 visa is currently 4 to 6 months.

Option 4 – The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa


  • The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers with offices in Regional Australia to nominate current employees and prospective employees for Australian permanent residence.
  • Regional Australia is defined by postcode. Broadly speaking it includes all of Australia except, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.
  • There are two pathways to the 187 visa.
    • The first is a direct application which can be obtained based on formal qualifications or previous work experience in the occupation. Skills assessments are only required for trade occupations.
    • The second pathway involves the employee initially spending two years with their employer on a 457 visa and then applying for the 187 visa through the Temporary Residence Transitional Stream (TRT). No formal qualifications or skills assessment is required for this pathway, regardless of occupation.
    • Processing time is currently 4 to 6 months.

Option 5 - Labour Agreement

  • Labour Agreements are formal contracts negotiated between an employer and the Australian Government which allow an employer to recruit and employ an agreed number of skilled workers from outside Australia.
  • Visas attached to Labour Agreements may be permanent or temporary, depending on the Agreement's terms.
  • If the visas are temporary, the agreement may or may not allow the visa holders to progress to permanent residence.
  • Generally Labour Agreements are sought by employers where they have a staff shortage in an occupation not on any of the skilled lists, or where the skill level of the occupation is lower than the general skilled occupations.

Have Australia Here We Come assist you with visas for your employees

We are a firm of Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers who can help you enhance your workforce by the addition of overseas workers.

We have migration agents and immigration lawyers servicing Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, as well as Australia wide and worldwide.

Call Australian Express Migration Solutions on +61 39002 1808  or complete our contact form which you'll find here and we'll arrange a consultation to assess your business and provide you with your perfect workplace solutions.

EMPLOYER NOMINATED 186 & 187 TRANSITION STREAM VISA

Would you like to assist your subclass 457 visa holders to become Australian Permanent Residents through Employer Nominated Permanent Residence?

The great thing about Employer Nominated Permanent Residence visas is that they give your employees (and their families) Australian permanent residence and brings them one step closer to Australian citizenship.

This provides your employees (and their families) with certainty, enabling them to plan their long term future in Australia. Things like getting a mortgage become a lot easier.

Children can go to state schools without having to pay foreign student fees and tertiary education students can attend Australian universities and colleges without having to pay foreign student fees. Once citizenship is acquired they can also access the HELP loan scheme to fund their tertiary education. Becoming an Australian permanent resident really helps your employees (and their families) to settle in Australia.

From a business perspective converting your subclass 457 visa holders to permanent residents has many benefits, including happier and more settled staff and more harmonious relations with unions.

Have Australian Express Migration Solution assist you with Employer Nominated visas

Contact Australian Express Migration Solution now and talk to one of our migration agents about 186 or 187 visas for your employees. We are available to assist clients in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and Australia-wide.

COMPARING A 186 VISA WITH A 187 VISA

What are the differences between a subclass 186 and a subclass 187 visa?

Both visas entitle the holders to Australian permanent residence. The subclass 186 visa is unconditional and employees can cease employment with their current employer once the visa is granted, provided they comply with the terms of their employment contract.

With the subclass 187 visa, the employee is obliged to make a reasonable effort to remain with the nominating employer for two years after the visa is granted, unless the nominating employee terminates their employment for whatever reason.

If an employee leaves a nominating employer because their employment is terminated the employee must find other employment in the same occupation in the same regional area for the remainder of the two years following the grant of the visa.

Employers must meet certain training benchmarks for the subclass 186 visa while there are no training benchmarks for the 187 visa.

Employers must have an office in a regional area and the employee must be employed in a regional area to be nominated for a subclass 187 visa, while the subclass 186 visa is available Australia-wide.

The list of available occupations for the subclass 187 visa is much broader than for the 186 visa and includes occupations at a lower skill level.

It is usually a lot easier for an employee to qualify for a 187 visa than a 186 visa.

Australian Express Migration Solution assist you with subclass 186 and 187 visas for your employees.


Contact Australian Express Migration Solution now and talk to one of our migration agents about 186 or 187 visas for your employees. We are available to assist you wherever you are in Australia.