Subclass 186 – Employer Sponsored Visa

The subclass 186 visa, or employer sponsored visa, gives you permanent residency in Australia from the day it is granted. You can either be already working and living as a temporary resident or be living outside of Australia. An employer must be an approved standard business sponsor for you to be eligible to apply for the 186 visa.

What is a 186 visa?

The subclass 186 visa allows you to work, live and study in Australia without any conditions and apply for citizenship if you are eligible. Members of your family may also be eligible to come to Australia. Although you need a sponsoring employer to nominate you for a specific job, once you receive the 186 visa you do not need to keep working in that occupation.

For basic eligibility for the 186 visa, you must:

  • Have the skills to do the job.
  • Have an Australian employer nominate you.
  • Have a positive skills assessment.
  • Meet the requirements for character and health.

The 186 visa has two main streams: temporary residence transitional (TRT) and direct entry.

Temporary Residence Transitional Stream

You are eligible to apply for a 186 visa under the temporary residence transitional (TRT) stream if you are currently a temporary worker with a 482 (457) visa or a bridging visa. You must have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least three years (you will need to prove this using a recent group certificate) and your occupation must be on the medium to long-term 186 visa occupation list.

The TRT subclass 186 visa costs from $4,045 and takes between 15 and 11 months to process.

Direct Entry Stream

The direct entry stream is suitable for you if you have never or only briefly worked in Australia and your sponsoring employer lodges a valid nomination. You must have a job on the list of eligible skilled occupations, at least three years’ work experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment before applying for a visa unless you are exempt.

The direct entry subclass 186 visa costs from $4,045

Eligibility for subclass 186 visa

To apply for a subclass 186 visa, your Australian employer must nominate you and you need to apply for the visa within 6 months of approval of the nomination. You must also be under 45 years old at the time of nomination. But you may be eligible for a 186 visa age exemption if you are nominated for a position:

  • As a senior academic by an Australian university.
  • As a technical specialist, researcher or scientist by an Australian scientific government agency.

You may also be age exempt if you have a New Zealand citizen’s family member subclass 461 or subclass 444 visa and worked for the nominating employer for a minimum of two years out of the last three years.

You will also need to receive an English score equivalent to IELTS 6 unless you are exempt.

Your 186 visa application may not be successful if:

  • The job is no longer available.
  • Your employer withdraws the application.
  • There is any adverse information available about your nominating employer.

Employer eligibility

For your employer to be eligible to nominate you for a 186 visa they must be an approved as a standard business sponsor. To qualify as a sponsor, the requirements your employer must meet include:

  • Paying you a salary that is in accordance with the Australian market and your contract must meet Fair Work Australia conditions.
  • Establishing and providing evidence they cannot fill the position with someone from Australia and need to employ someone from overseas.
  • Being able to demonstrate a commitment to training.
  • Offering you the position for a minimum of two years.
  • Showing evidence, such as financials, the business is currently operating legally in Australia.
  • Paying a Skilling Australian Fund levy at the time of nomination. The current cost is around:
    • $3,000 for a business turning over less than $10 million a year.
    • $5,000 for a business turning over more than $10 million a year.

Direct Migration Experts can help

Contact the specialists at Direct Migration Experts. We can help you every step of the way to make your subclass 186 visa application a stress-free process. We can assess you and your employer’s eligibility and help you understand what is involved.

Working with us means your application will meet the requirements for permanent residency in Australia which gives you a high chance of success.

Call us today on 1300 015 592 to talk to one of our friendly migration experts.

186 Visa Occupation List

The following is a snapshot of the occupations on the 186 visa occupation list.

Item NumberOccupationANZSCO CodeAssessing Authority
1.Chief Executive or Managing Director111111IML
2.Construction Project Manager133111VETASSESS
3.Chief Information Officer135111ACS
4.Dancer or Choreographer211112VETASSESS
5.Economist224311VETASSESS
6.Surveyor232212SSSI
7.Structural Engineer233214Engineers Australia
8.Agricultural Consultant234111VETASSESS
9.Chemist234211VETASSESS
10.Biochemist234513VETASSESS
11.Veterinarian234711AVBC
12.Special Needs Teacher241511AITSL
13.Optometrist251411OCANZ
14.Podiatrist252611PodBA
15.General Practitioner253111MedBA
16.Psychiatrist253411MedBA
17.Nurse Practitioner254411ANMAC
18.Multimedia Specialist261211ACS
19.Software Engineer261313ACS
20.Radiocommunications Technician313211TRA
21.Diesel Motor Mechanic321212TRA
22.Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211TRA
23.Fitter and Turner323212TRA
24.Panelbeater324111TRA
25.Carpenter331212TRA
26.Painting Trades Worker332211TRA
27.Wall and Floor Tiler333411TRA
28.Drainer334113TRA
29.Horse Trainer361112TRA
30.Footballer452411VETASSESS
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