Australia Visa Services

Australia Permanent Residence Visas - Employer Sponsored

186 Visa - Employer Nominated Visa

The 186 Visa allows employers to sponsor or assist employees on a 457 Visa a pathway to progress to permanent residence while remaining in Australia.

There are 3 eligibility pathways for the 186 visa:

  • Direct Entry Stream - For applicants who do not hold a 457 visa.
  • Transitional Residence Stream - For applicants who have worked for their employer for 2 years while holding a 457 Visa.
  • Agreement Stream - for persons who will work for an employer who has a labour agreement (this is relatively uncommon - but please contact us for further details).

The key requirements for this visa which you must meet at the time the application is lodged are as follows:

  • Your employer must be prepared to nominate you for permanent residence and meet the nomination requirements.   
  • Your occupation must be on the gazetted CSOL list.

Other eligibility requirements:

  • Transition Stream - You must have worked in a full-time position in Australia in the occupation (mentioned above) on a Subclass 457 visa, for your employer, for the last two years prior to the visa application being made OR
  • Direct Entry Stream - have had your skills assessed as suitable by the appropriate skills assessing authority and have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged (unless there are exceptional circumstances).
  • Show that you have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the position If you need to be licensed or registered, then you must already be so (e.g. registered nurse, electrician etc.).
  • Be under 50 years of age (unless you meet the exemptions).
  • Provide a contract confirming your remuneration, position, employment terms etc. This must meet market salary requirements.
  • Have Competent English language ability (i.e. IELTS of at least 6.0 in each band).
  • You will also need to meet the health and character requirements for a permanent visa.

Contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss your Australia visa requirements, for which we charge a fee:

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We charge a reasonable fee for migration advice relating to Australia visas & visa compilation assistance.  We are not affiliates of the Department of Immigration & Border Protection - they can be contacted for free advice.