Employer Nomination Visa – 186 Visa Skill Requirements

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MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019


Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186 – Skill Requirements Brief Overview

Are you a skilled worker that wants to live permanently in Australia?

Have you got an employer who wants to support your visa?

The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa could be the option for you.

This visa subclass 186 is made for the skilled workers who are nominated or sponsored by their employer, to live and work in Australia permanently.

ENS 186 Visa Skill Requirements

There are some general requirements that need to be met for applying this visa, such as:

  • You have to be nominated by your employer and your occupation has to be listed in the 186 Skilled Occupation List;
  • Meet a maximum age requirement of 45 years old, unless you are exempt;
  • Meet an English Requirement, such as IELTS with 6 points each band.

Employer Nominated Scheme Visa (Subclass 186) Streams

This visa has 3 streams as per below:

Direct Entry Stream

This stream is for someone who has never or briefly worked in Australia and this should be applied from offshore. If you are applying for this stream, you may include your family, which in this case is your partner and your dependent child. The cost of this application is AUD 4,045 for the main applicant.

For the employer itself, the nomination application fee would be $540 AUD and they need to pay the SAF Levy. The processing times may vary between 5 – 15 months.

Click the toggle button below to learn about the criteria to apply throughout available ENS 186 Visa streams.

The applicant should meet the below criteria: 

  1. Have an occupation that is on the list of eligible skilled occupations;
  2. Have at least 3 years relevant work experience, unless you are exempt;
  3. Have a positive skills assessment unless you are exempt;
  4. Must be nominated by an Australian employer whose business is actively and lawfully operating;
  5. Must be under 45 years of age when you apply, unless you are exempt;
  6. Must meet the health and character requirement;
  7. Must have at least Competent English.