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.
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:
The 186 visa has two main streams: temporary residence transitional (TRT) and direct entry.
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.
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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186 Visa Occupation List
The following is a snapshot of the occupations on the 186 visa occupation list.
|Item Number||Occupation||ANZSCO Code||Assessing Authority|
|1.||Chief Executive or Managing Director||111111||IML|
|2.||Construction Project Manager||133111||VETASSESS|
|3.||Chief Information Officer||135111||ACS|
|4.||Dancer or Choreographer||211112||VETASSESS|
|7.||Structural Engineer||233214||Engineers Australia|
|12.||Special Needs Teacher||241511||AITSL|
|21.||Diesel Motor Mechanic||321212||TRA|
|22.||Sheetmetal Trades Worker||322211||TRA|
|23.||Fitter and Turner||323212||TRA|
|26.||Painting Trades Worker||332211||TRA|
|27.||Wall and Floor Tiler||333411||TRA|