186 – Employer Nomination Scheme

About this Visa

The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream.

The visa has 3 streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition Stream (457) is for visa holders who have worked in the same occupation with their nominating employer for 2 years, who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation
  • The Direct Entry Stream is for:
    • People who have been nominated by their employer under the DES
    • People who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
    • Temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition Stream
  • The Agreement Stream is for 457 visa holders sponsored by an employer through labour agreement


186 Visa Requirements

  1. Have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the 6 months before you apply
  2. Under the age of 50
  3. Required kills and qualifications
  4. Appropriate English Language Skills
  5. Meet health and character requirements

Direct Entry Stream Requirements

  1. Have been nominated for a position and has been approved
  2. Have at least competent English
  3. Have at least 3 years of relevant work experience
  4. Have a positive valid skills assessment in your nominated occupation

When and How to apply

  1. You can apply when your employer lodges their nomination, or afterwards
  2. You must apply less than 6 months after the nomination been approved
  3. Prepare documents and lodge visa application

Visa Holder Obligation

  • You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian Laws