ENS 186 VISA

Employer Nomination Visa – 186 Visa Skill Requirements

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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.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

This stream is for someone who held the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457. You may apply for this stream rather onshore or offshore. Same as the direct stream, you can include your family and it has the same visa cost.

The employer should be an eligible business, be the applicant’s current sponsor, and should pay the SAF Levy.

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. Must hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C;
  2. Must have worked for your employer full-time for at least three years;
  3. Must be nominated by your employer;
  4. Must be under 45 years old;
  5. Must meet the health and character requirement;
  6. Must have at least Competent English.

Labour Agreement Stream

This third stream is for someone who has been nominated by the employer and this employer has signed into a Labour Agreement.

The employer should be an eligible business and they should have a current labour agreement.

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

As the applicant, you should meet the criteria as per below:

  1. Must be working under a labour agreement;
  2. Must be nominated by the employer;
  3. Must be under 45 years old;
  4. Must hold a substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement;
  5. Must meet the health and character requirement;
  6. Must not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mrs. Indah Answers

ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent with MARN 0961 448 is here to answer your questions!

  1. What are the requirements to be able to apply for this visa?
    • Firstly, you have to meet all the criteria and are eligible to apply for the visa. You must have an eligible occupation, have relevant work experience, have a positive skills assessment, and be nominated by an eligible Australian employer. You are also required to not have had any refusal or cancellation history while you are in Australia, otherwise, you will not be able to apply for this visa.
  2. How long can I stay in Australia with this visa?
    • This is a permanent visa. You can stay in Australia indefinitely and be able to work and study in Australia and eligible to apply Australia’s public health scheme as well. From the date you were granted this visa, you can travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.
  3. Can I include my family in this visa application?
    • Yes, you can. You can include your partner, dependent child or step child in the application. Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health and character requirements.
  4. Can I change employer after I am granted this visa?
    • After you are granted the visa, the Department expects you to work for your employer who is nominating you for at least 2 years before changing employer.
  5. Do I have to have certain English language ability to apply for this visa?
    • Yes. You have to meet the English requirements to apply for this visa. You must have at least Competent English (IELTS score at least 6 each band) before applying unless you are exempted, for example, if you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.
  6. How much does this visa cost?
    • It costs $4,045 to apply for this visa. Additional charge applies for each family member who is included in your visa application. Furthermore, if any of the family members is 18 years of age and older and does not meet the English requirement (Functional English), you will be required to pay the second installment of $4,890.
  7. Can I apply for this visa while offshore?
    • You can apply for this visa while you are onshore or offshore. You must be on a substantive or related bridging visa if you are applying onshore. When the decision is made for your application, you can also be onshore or offshore.
  8. How long will the process take place until I got the decision?
    • This visa will generally take about 6 to 8 months to be processed, assuming you have met all the requirements and provided all additional information.

ENS 186 VISA

Four Steps Process

01

Check your eligibility and visa requirements

Before applying for the visa, you have to check your eligibility and make sure you have met all the requirements for the application.

02

Check your employer’s eligibility and ensure that your employer has nominated you for the right stream

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (subclass 186) has three different streams which are; Direct Entry stream, Labour Agreement stream, and Temporary Residence Transition stream. All three streams have different requirements for the visa application. Make sure your employer has nominated you in the right stream and is eligible to nominate you.

03

Apply for the visa

After you are sure you have met all the eligibility, requirements, your employer has nominated you in the right stream and is eligible to nominate you, then you can proceed with the visa application. Make sure you provide all the right documents within the application.

04

Granted a Visa

The processing time estimation will vary for each stream, however, basically, it will take around 4 – 8 months. If your application is successful, you will be granted a visa. You have to start your employment with your employer within 6 months of the visa grant date and have to work for the same employer for at least 2 years.

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Let Us Help You With Your ENS 186 Visa Application

Do you need assistance in filling your case for the Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186? Do you have any questions regarding the 186 visa skill requirements?

ONE derland Consulting has extensive experience in obtaining this visa. Indah Melindasari, as our registered migration agent, will assess your eligibility and inform you whether you are eligible to meet the criteria for this visa.

Contact us through the form below to take the first step of your journey to Australia.

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    ENS 186 VISA

    Employer Nomination Visa – 186 Visa Skill Requirements

    ENS 186 Visa 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.

    Photo Bu Indah

    WRITTEN BY
    INDAH MELINDASARI, B.Com

    MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019

    SHARE THIS INFORMATION

    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.

    Temporary Residence Transition Stream

    This stream is for someone who held the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457. You may apply for this stream rather onshore or offshore. Same as the direct stream, you can include your family and it has the same visa cost.

    The employer should be an eligible business, be the applicant’s current sponsor, and should pay the SAF Levy.

    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. Must hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C;
    2. Must have worked for your employer full-time for at least three years;
    3. Must be nominated by your employer;
    4. Must be under 45 years old;
    5. Must meet the health and character requirement;
    6. Must have at least Competent English.

    Labour Agreement Stream

    This third stream is for someone who has been nominated by the employer and this employer has signed into a Labour Agreement.

    The employer should be an eligible business and they should have a current labour agreement.

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

    As the applicant, you should meet the criteria as per below:

    1. Must be working under a labour agreement;
    2. Must be nominated by the employer;
    3. Must be under 45 years old;
    4. Must hold a substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement;
    5. Must meet the health and character requirement;
    6. Must not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Photo Bu Indah

    Mrs. Indah Answers

    ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent with MARN 0961 448 is here to answer your questions!

    1. What are the requirements to be able to apply for this visa?
      • Firstly, you have to meet all the criteria and are eligible to apply for the visa. You must have an eligible occupation, have relevant work experience, have a positive skills assessment, and be nominated by an eligible Australian employer. You are also required to not have had any refusal or cancellation history while you are in Australia, otherwise, you will not be able to apply for this visa.
    2. How long can I stay in Australia with this visa?
      • This is a permanent visa. You can stay in Australia indefinitely and be able to work and study in Australia and eligible to apply Australia’s public health scheme as well. From the date you were granted this visa, you can travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.
    3. Can I include my family in this visa application?
      • Yes, you can. You can include your partner, dependent child or step child in the application. Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health and character requirements.
    4. Can I change employer after I am granted this visa?
      • After you are granted the visa, the Department expects you to work for your employer who is nominating you for at least 2 years before changing employer.
    5. Do I have to have certain English language ability to apply for this visa?
      • Yes. You have to meet the English requirements to apply for this visa. You must have at least Competent English (IELTS score at least 6 each band) before applying unless you are exempted, for example, if you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.
    6. How much does this visa cost?
      • It costs $4,045 to apply for this visa. Additional charge applies for each family member who is included in your visa application. Furthermore, if any of the family members is 18 years of age and older and does not meet the English requirement (Functional English), you will be required to pay the second installment of $4,890.
    7. Can I apply for this visa while offshore?
      • You can apply for this visa while you are onshore or offshore. You must be on a substantive or related bridging visa if you are applying onshore. When the decision is made for your application, you can also be onshore or offshore.
    8. How long will the process take place until I got the decision?
      • This visa will generally take about 6 to 8 months to be processed, assuming you have met all the requirements and provided all additional information.

    ENS 186 VISA

    Four Steps Process

    01

    Check your eligibility and visa requirements

    Before applying for the visa, you have to check your eligibility and make sure you have met all the requirements for the application.

    02

    Check your employer’s eligibility and ensure that your employer has nominated you for the right stream

    Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (subclass 186) has three different streams which are; Direct Entry stream, Labour Agreement stream, and Temporary Residence Transition stream. All three streams have different requirements for the visa application. Make sure your employer has nominated you in the right stream and is eligible to nominate you.

    03

    Apply for the visa

    After you are sure you have met all the eligibility, requirements, your employer has nominated you in the right stream and is eligible to nominate you, then you can proceed with the visa application. Make sure you provide all the right documents within the application.

    04

    Granted a Visa

    The processing time estimation will vary for each stream, however, basically, it will take around 4 – 8 months. If your application is successful, you will be granted a visa. You have to start your employment with your employer within 6 months of the visa grant date and have to work for the same employer for at least 2 years.

    Quick Links

    GET STARTED

    Let Us Help You With Your ENS 186 Visa Application

    Do you need assistance in filling your case for the Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186? Do you have any questions regarding the 186 visa skill requirements?

    ONE derland Consulting has extensive experience in obtaining this visa. Indah Melindasari, as our registered migration agent, will assess your eligibility and inform you whether you are eligible to meet the criteria for this visa.

    Contact us through the form below to take the first step of your journey to Australia.

      Your Name

      E-mail Address

      Phone Number

      Your Message