There are different 3 Streams of Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass186)
Based on your eligibility and factors such as occupation and professional experience, there are 3 different streams of this visa under which you can apply:
Direct Entry stream:
- To apply for employer nomination scheme visa subclass 186 direct entry stream, your occupation should be on the skilled occupations list.
- You also need to have a minimum of 3 years of experience, unless you have an exemption for the same.
- You should also clear the skill assessment test, unless exempt.
Labour Agreement stream:
- The employer nomination scheme subclass 186 labour agreement stream is used by the nominating business after the employer has negotiated and entered into an agreement with the government
- This is used by a business operating in any of the designated areas in Australia that are adversely impacted by the shortage of skilled labourers.
- The contract is valid for 3 years and allows the businesses to hire skilled migrants from other countries.
- If your employer nominates you under this stream, you are required to apply within 6 months of receiving the nomination.
Temporary Residence Transition stream:
- You can apply for this category of visa if you are a holder of a subclass 482 visa.
- You should have worked for the same employer for 2 years and your nomination for this visa should be for the same occupation that was in your 482 visas.
- The job must be a full-time role and be available for the next 2 years.
- Another requirement is that your employer should have followed the 482 visa training requirements that are meant to address the skill shortage by training workers from the Australian labour market.
Benefits & Features of a Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa
There are several benefits:
- Work, study and live in Australia indefinitely
- Ability to have Australian health care (Medicare)
- Sponsor relatives to for living in Australia
- Apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible)
What is the Processing Time of a Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa?
There are different processing times for each category under the Employer Nomination Scheme visa:
- Under the direct entry stream, the processing time is 6 months for 75% of the applications and 9 months for 90% of the applications.
- Under the labour agreement stream, the processing time is 6 months for 75% of the applications and 24 months for 90% of the applications.
- For applicants, under the temporary residence transition stream, the processing time can be expected to be 12 months for 75% of the applications and 21 months for 90% of the applications.
Please note that these timelines are only indicative. The actual processing time may depend on a lot of factors, including whether your application is complete in every respect, inclusion of all supporting documents, prompt response to all queries of the immigration department and the time taken by external agencies.
What are the Visa Subclass 186 Requirements & Eligibility?
There are several eligibility conditions that the applicant and the sponsoring business must meet for a subclass 186 employer nomination scheme visa.
Here are the eligibility criteria for the employee:
- Age should be 50 years or less
- The applicant’s occupation should be on CSOL
- The employer must nominate him/her
- Must have the required skill for the job that he/she has been nominated for
- Should have competent English language skills (unless exempted)
- Must meet the licensing and registration requirements of their occupation
- Should obtain health and character clearances.
- Must meet all parameters of the stream under which he/she is applying.
Eligibility for the nominating business:
Here are the eligibility criteria that must be met by the employer:
- The business should be eligible and legally operating in Australia
- There should be a genuine need for migrant employees. There should be a skill-shortage for the occupation in the Australian labour market.
- Should offer a full-time position for at least 2 years
- Should pay market salary for the position
- Should follow the Australian immigration and workplace laws. There should be no adverse reporting of the business or people associated with it.
Documents Checklist for Employer Nomination Subclass 186
There are several documents that you need to submit at the time of filing for a visa.
Get in touch with your visa agent to ensure that all supporting documents are included with your visa application.
The documents you need to submit are:
- Passport details
- Licence, registration or professional membership details
- Skills and qualification documents
- Age exemption documents (if applicable)
- English language competency documents
- Health & character documents
- Documents of family members (if they are applying with the main applicant)
What is the cost of a Subclass 186 Visa?
The cost of the employer nomination scheme visa for the main applicant is AUD 4,115. These costs are subject to change and update.
Do check the website of the ministry of home affairs or with your visa agent before applying. The cost of biometrics, police verification and a medical examination is extra.
How Can You Apply for an Employer Nomination Subclass 186?
The employer nomination scheme visa is a two-step process:
- You are nominated by an eligible employer
- You file a visa application under the nominated stream.
Before you apply for the employer nomination scheme visa, ensure that you have the skill assessment done along with the English competency test.
It is useful to take the help of a skilled and experienced agent to ensure that your application is complete in every respect.
After you have applied online, you must answer any query or request for additional information from the immigration department. The immigration department shares the outcome of your visa application in writing.