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