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Permanent Visas


Australian employers can sponsor skilled workers in certain occupations to work and live in Australia on a permanent basis.
SUBCLASS 186

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently.

Basic requirements

The employer must:
The skilled worker must:
  • have the necessary skills for the job
  • be nominated by an Australian employer
  • meet certain health and character requirements
The Subclass 186 visa has three different streams:
Direct entry
stream

Stay

Permanent

Requirements

Employers must:

  • offer a skilled position that is full time and ongoing for at least 2 years
  • pay the Skilling Australians Fund levy upon submitting the nomination application

Workers must:

  • have an occupation that is on the list of eligible skilled occupations 
  • have at least 3 years relevant work experience, unless exempt
  • have a positive skills assessment, unless exempt
  • be under 45 years of age, unless exempt
  • have competent English
Temporary Residence
Transition stream

Stay

Permanent

Requirements

Employers must: 

Workers must:

Labour agreement
stream

Stay

Permanent

Requirements

Employers must:

  • have a labour agreement with the Australian government

Workers must: 

  • currently work, or will work, for a nominating employer who is party to a labour agreement
  • meet the age, skills and English language requirements of the labour agreement
Potential pathways
If eligible, 186 visa holders can go on to apply for Australian citizenship.
Are you an employer?

We make the process of employing overseas workers on a permanent basis quicker and easier. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Are you a worker?

We guide you through what it takes to come work in Australia, and make sure you know your rights and obligations under the law. Talk to our of our immigration specialists to find out more.

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AUSTRALIA

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