The Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186 visa allows skilled workers to gain permanent residency in Australia through employer sponsorship. This visa facilitates long-term residence, work, and study opportunities in Australia, provided applicants meet specific criteria, including skills, age, and health requirements.

Benefits of Subclass 186 Visa

The subclass 186 visa offers numerous advantages:

Categories of Subclass 186 Visa

The visa is divided into three streams:

  1. Direct Entry Stream: For applicants who are outside Australia or have not worked in Australia previously.
  2. Temporary Residence Transition Stream: For those who hold a subclass 457 or 482 visa and have worked for their employer for three years.
  3. Labour Agreement Stream: For workers sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the subclass 186 visa, you must meet the following criteria:

Detailed Requirements

Direct Entry Stream

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

Labour Agreement Stream

Application Process

The application process for the subclass 186 visa involves several steps:

  1. Nomination by an Employer: Your employer must nominate you for a position.
  2. Prepare Your Documents: Gather necessary documents, including proof of skills, qualifications, and work experience.
  3. Lodge Your Application: Submit your application online through ImmiAccount.
  4. Wait for a Decision: The processing time varies, and additional information may be requested.
  5. Visa Grant or Refusal: You will be notified of the outcome, including the reasons if refused.

Processing Times

The processing times for the subclass 186 visa vary depending on the stream:

Common Challenges

Applying for the subclass 186 visa can be complex. Common challenges include:

Expert Assistance

At Settlers Migration & Education, we have extensive experience in handling subclass 186 visa applications. Our team provides personalized support, from initial consultation to visa grant. We understand the nuances of the application process and can help you avoid common pitfalls.

Why Choose Us?


The Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186 visa is a perfect pathway to permanent residency in Australia for skilled workers. Understanding the requirements and process is crucial to a successful application. With the right support and guidance, you can navigate this process with confidence.

For more information or to start your visa application, contact Settlers Migration & Education today. We are here to help you achieve your migration goals.

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