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What is a Subclass 186 Visa?

  • It is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who have a nominating employer.
  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to nominate skilled foreign employees to work in Australia on a subclass 186 permanent residence visa.
  • This visa involves a two-step process; a nomination by an approved Australian employer and a visa application by the skilled overseas worker.
  • Applicants can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa. Applicants must have a valid visa or a bridging visa A, B, or C to apply for this visa in Australia.
Employer Sponsored Residence Visa

Temporary Residence Transition stream

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

Australia Subclass 186 Visa

Direct Entry stream

The Direct Entry stream is for applicants who have not worked on a 457 visa with their nominating employer for two years but who are formally qualified in their occupation and have worked for at least three years at a skilled level in their occupation and their occupation is on the CSOL.

Employer Nominated PR Visa

Agreement stream

The Agreement stream is for applicants sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement

REQUIREMENTS FOR A 186 VISA VIA THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE TRANSITION STREAM.

To qualify for an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream you must:

  • Hold a subclass 457 visa.
  • Have worked for two years with your employer while sponsored as the primary applicant on a subclass 457 visa, in the same position as your employer has nominated you for the subclass 186 visa.
  • Have been successfully nominated by your employer for a permanent position in your nominated occupation under this stream within the 6 months prior to applying for the visa.
  • Demonstrate that you have at least Competent English unless you are exempt from this requirement.
  • Be under 50 years of age unless you are exempt from the age requirement.
  • At the time of applying, hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership required for your occupation in the state where your nominated position is located.
  • Meet health and character requirements

What is Competent English for the ENS 186 Transitional Stream visa?

You can demonstrate you have Compeytent English by:-

  • Having a score of at least 6 in each of the four components of an IELTS test (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within the three years immediately prior to the date of lodgement of your visa application OR or an equivalent score in one of the other accepted English tests
  • Holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

What are the advantages of applying for an ENS visa through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream?

  • You can achieve Australian permanent residence through the Transitional Residence Stream without being formally qualified in your occupation.
  • You do not need a skills assessment in your occupation for the Temporary Resident Transition stream.

Our team of migration agents is ready to help you obtain your helper Nomination Scheme subclass 186 visa.
Call us now and talk to the immigration firm you can trust to get your visa for you or book a consultation online today.
We can assist you whether you are in Melbourne or Sydney, Perth or Brisbane, or anywhere else in Australia or the World!

REQUIREMENTS FOR A 186 VISA VIA THE DIRECT ENTRY STREAM

To qualify for an Employer Nominated (ENS) visa through the Direct Entry Stream you must:

  • Have an occupation on the Consolidated Occupation List (CSOL)
  • Have been successfully nominated by your employer for a permanent position in your nominated occupation under this stream in the 6 months prior to applying for the visa.
  • Have at least three years of relevant work experience at a skilled level (i.e. post qualifying) in your nominated occupation.
  • Have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation, which is not more than three years old (unless you are exempt from this requirement).
  • Demonstrate you have at least competent English unless you’re exempt from the English requirement
  • Be under 45 years of age unless you’re exempt from the age requirement.
  • At the time of applying, hold any mandatory registration, licence or professional membership required for your occupation in the state where the nominated position is located.
  • Meet health and character requirements.

How do I demonstrate competent English for the 186 visa Direct Entry stream?

You can demonstrate you have competent English by:

  • Having a score of at least 6 for each of the four components of an IELTS test (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a test that has been conducted within the three years immediately prior to the date of lodgement of the applicant’s application, OR an equivalent score in another accepted English Test OR
  • Holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

What are the advantages of applying for an ENS visa through the Direct Entry stream?

  • You don’t have to spend two years with their employer on a 457 visa to qualify for an Employer Nominated (ENS) subclass 186 visa through the Direct Entry Stream.
  • Provided you can obtain a positive skills assessment and you have three years post qualification experience, you can apply for the subclass 186 ENS Direct Entry visa straight away.

Talk to one of our Migration Agents about an ENS 186 Direct Entry visa. Our team of migration agents and immigration lawyers are completely dedicated to helping you obtain your Employer Nomination Scheme visa whether it’s through the Transitional or the Direct Entry stream.

Call Australian Express Migration Solutions on +61 39002 1808 or book a consultation online and we’ll assess your prospects of success with this Australian Visa. (Fees apply).

EMPLOYERS REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUBCLASS 186 NOMINATION

Any business can nominate a skilled worker for a subclass 186 permanent residence visa, provided:

  • The business is actively and lawfully operating in Australia
  • The business has a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
  • The visa applicant is offered a skilled position in the applicant’s occupation that is full time and ongoing for at least two years
  • The visa applicant will be paid a market salary rate
  • The nominating business complies with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws
  • There is no adverse information known about the business or anyone associated with the business.

The business must nominate the applicant in one of the three streams and meet the requirements of that stream.

Additional employer requirements for an ENS 186 nomination under the Transitional stream

  • The business must have met the subclass 457 visa training requirements in each year the business have been approved as a Standard Business Sponsor prior to nominating the employee for a 186 visa through the transitional stream.

Additional employer requirements for an ENS 186 nomination under the Direct Entry stream

The business must meet the following training requirements:

    • If the business has been trading in Australia for more than 12 months, the business must show it has contributed to the training of Australians.

The business must meet one of two benchmarks:

    • Training benchmark A: requires the expenditure in the previous 12 months equal to at least 2 per cent of the payroll of the business in payments to an industry training fund that operates in the same industry as the business. or
    • Training benchmark B: requires the expenditure in the previous 12 months equal to at least 1 per cent of the payroll of the business, in the provision of training to Australian resident employees of the business.
  • If the business has been operating for less than 12 months, the business must demonstrate that it has a training plan to meet one of these training benchmarks.

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, talk to one of our migration agents  about ENS visas. Our team of migration agents and are here to help. We can help you anywhere in Australia, whether you’re in Perth or Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney or anywhere else in Australia or the World! Call us now to find out more on +61 39002 1808 or book a consultation online today!

AGE EXEMPTIONS

Applicants over 50 years of age can still apply for the ENS 186 visa in certain circumstances

You are exempt from the Age Requirements if:

  • You are nominated as a senior academic by an Australian university
  • You are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical specialist at a skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency
  • You are a medical practitioner who has been working for your nominating employer on either a subclass 457 visa or a subclass 422 visa for at least four years immediately before applying for your ENS visa and your nominated position is located in regional Australia.
  • You are a medical practitioner who has worked for your nominating employer on a subclass 422 visa followed by a subclass 457 visa for two years in the four years immediately before applying for your 186 visa and your nominated position is in regional Australia.
  • You hold a subclass 444 New Zealand Citizen or a subclass 461 New Zealand citizen’s family member visa and you have been working for your nominating employer for at least two of the three years immediately before applying for your 186 visa.
  • You are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream and have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a subclass 457 visa for at least four years, immediately before applying for
  • the 186 visa and has been paid as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.
  • You are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labor agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

Talk to our migration agents or immigration lawyers about the ENS 186 visa age requirements. Our team of migration agents are here to help you obtain your Employer Nominated (ENS) visa. Call us now on +61 39002 1808 to find out more or book a consultation online today!

ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXEMPTIONS

Are you exempt from the English Language requirements of the ENS 186 visa?

You won’t need to show formal English language skills if you:

  • If you hold an ‘exempt passports” from the English speaking countries of New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland you are exempt from the English language requirements of the subclass 186 visa.
  • Your nominated earnings are at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate. (unless you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second installment of the visa application charge, currently $9,800.00).
  • You are applying through the Transition stream and you have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution and all of the tuitions was delivered in English.

Talk to one of our migration agents about the English language requirements for your ENS visa

Our team of migration agents is ready to help you obtain your Employer Nominated (ENS) visa. Book a consultation today!

WHY SHOULD I USE AUSTRALIAN EXPRESS MIGRATION SOLUTION TO HANDLE MY VISA APPLICATION?

We offer a initial assessment of all your visa options Let us conduct an initial assessment of all your visa options over the phone. One of our migration agents will carefully determine which visa options are available to you and assist you to determine your preferred option. Our  migration agent can explain exactly what will be required from you to lodge a successful application and provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your visa.

We are experts in ENS 186 visas (We’ve lodged an awful lot of them with wonderful success)

Not only are we experts in ENS 186 visas, we are also passionate about helping you to get your visa. As immigrants ourselves we fully appreciate how much it means to be granted an Australian visa. If we can’t get you your visa, no one can!

We will explain the employer requirements for the visa to your employer.

Getting your employer on board is crucial. Without your employer’s support the Employer Nominated visa will not be an option for you. Let one of our friendly migration agents or immigration lawyers phone your employer and explain what’s involved for them. We will help make your employer realise it is well worth the effort to retain you as a long term employee. We will explain how smooth the process can be and the assistance we will provide. This conversation is often the difference between a yes or no answer from your employer.

We will handle your skills assessment for you

If you’re applying for a subclass 186 Direct Entry visa you will need to have your skills assessed by the Australian skills assessing authority for your occupation. Our team of  migration agents are experts in skills assessments. We will quickly work out which assessing authority looks after your occupation and we will manage your skills assessment for you. If you are on a tight timeframe we can usually get your application processed a bit quicker due to our relationship with the assessing authorities.

We can help you to arrange any licencing or registrations required for your visa

Some occupations, in particular electricians and plumbers must obtain a license for the Australian state they are being nominated to work in, to qualify for the ENS 186 visa. We will explain any licensing or registration requirements to you and put you in touch with the relevant licensing or registration authority.

We can help you to get formal qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We can help you to get your skills recognized and obtain a formal qualification in your occupation through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), through the network of Registered Training Organisations we work with. You may also get a discount because you were introduced by Australian Express Migration Solutions.

H8: We can help with your IELTS test, if required for your visa We can help you find your nearest IELTS testing centre as well as book and prepare for your test. We can also organise private tuition for you if you think this will help you.

We will prepare both your employer’s Nomination and your Visa Application for you

We will handle all the paperwork for both your employer’s nomination and your visa application and make sure we lodge the best possible employer nomination and visa application for you.

We will liaise with the Department of Immigration right through to the grant of your visa

We will liaise with the Department of immigration from the lodgement of your visa application right through to the grant of your visa.

We may even telephone you in the middle of the night to let you know your visa has been granted! Judging from the reaction of previous clients, we’re sure you won’t mind being woken up by this call.

Ee have migration agents in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Talk to one of our immigration agents  about your Employer Nominated subclass 186 visa. We can assist you whether you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, Brisbane or Perth, or anywhere else in Australia.

Call Australian Express Migration Solutions on +61 39002 1808 or book a consultation online and we’ll assess your prospects of success with this Australian Visa. (Fees apply).