Who this visa is for
The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) allows eligible Australian employers to sponsor suitably skilled overseas workers to live and work permanently in Australia.
What this visa lets you do
The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) is a Permanent Residency visa. Once granted, it allows the holder (and any family members included in the application) to:
Note: The five year travel restriction only prevents re-entry into Australia after the expiry of the five year period, after which time (in order to re-enter Australia), a Resident Return visa or other suitable visa will need to be obtained. It does not affect holders of this visa who are inside Australia (who are allowed to remain indefinitely).
The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) has three (3) streams:
Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) streamThe Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream allows applicants who have held a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa Subclass 457 with the nominating employer to apply for Permanent Residence.
Direct Entry streamThe Direct Entry stream allows applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Temporary Residence Transition stream to be nominated by an employer for Permanent Residence.
The Agreement StreamThe Agreement Stream is for people who hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa and are sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement. To be eligible, you must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.
The purpose and general eligibility requirements of each stream are set out below.
Labour Agreement stream
The Labour Agreement stream is for applicants who are nominated by an employer who has entered into a Labour Agreement negotiated and agreed to be the Australian Government.
Applicants under this stream need to meet the age, skills and English language requirements provided under the relevant Agreement, in addition to relevant health and character requirements.