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Subclass 186

ENS/PR

Permanent Employer
Nomination Scheme

ENS/PR

Permanent Employer
Nomination Scheme

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer,live and work in Australia permanently.

To apply for a Subclass 186 visa, you need an Australian employer to offer you a job and to nominate you. Whether you have an employer who is willing to nominate you is a practical matter. You are more likely to find a nominator if you are already living in Australia.

We invite you to contact us if you need further information about nominating a person to apply for a Subclass 186 visa or applying for a Subclass 186 visa yourself.

With This Visa,
You Can

• Stay in Australia indefinitely
• Work and study in Australia
• Enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
• Sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia
• Travel to and from Australia for five years
• Apply for Australian citizenship after living in Australia for four years

Permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

Subclass 186

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)

Direct Entry ,
Stream

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by an employer, live and work in Australia permanently.

  • You must be nominated by an Australian employer
  • Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
  • You must have at least Competent English
  • Stay Permanently

 

Processing Time

For an indication of processing times for this visa, use the visa processing time guide tool. This will show the processing times for recently decided applications. It is a guide only and not specific to your application.

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)

Labour Agreement Stream

This visa lets skilled workers who are nominated by their employer live and work in Australia permanently. The Labour Agreement stream might be for you if you currently work, or will work, for an employer who is party to a labour agreement.

  • The employer must have a labour agreement
  • Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
  • You must have at least Competent English
  • Stay Permanently

Processing Time

For an indication of processing times for this visa, use the visa processing time guide tool. This will show the processing times for recently decided applications. It is a guide only and not specific to your application.

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)

Temporary Residence Transition stream

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently.

  • You must hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C
  • Usually, you must have worked for your employer full-time for at least two years
  • You must be nominated by your employer
  • Stay Permanently

 

Processing Time

For an indication of processing times for this visa, use the visa processing time guide tool. This will show the processing times for recently decided applications. It is a guide only and not specific to your application.

General Requirements

The Subclass 186 visa has general requirements for all applicants, and particular requirements depending on which stream you apply under.

Cost of Visa

This visa costs AUD$4,640 for the main applicant, AUD$2,320 for each dependent 18 years and over, and AUD$1,160 for each dependent under 18 years.

To work out what your visa will cost, use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Employer costs
There are also fees the employer must pay

Nomination fee:

$540

Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) levy

Skill assess fees

$300 to $1200

The SAF levy for small business is:

$1,200

for each visa year

The SAF levy for small business is:

$1,800

for each visa year

The SAF levy is paid into a Government fund used to provide training
to Australian permanent residents and citizens.

Note: These fees must be paid by the employer and cannot be passed on to the visa applicant.