Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

This visa allows the skilled workers to live and work permanently in Australia. This visa is for the skilled workers who are either currently in Australia or overseas and have been sponsored by an Australian employer.

This subclass has three streams:

Temporary Residence Transition Stream:  This stream is for the people who hold subclass 457 visa and have worked for at least two out of the three years (before the nomination is made) in the same occupation with the nominating employer and has been offered a permanent employment. The applicant must be under the age of 50 at the time of application.

Direct Entry Stream: This stream is for the people who have never or only briefly worked in Australia and have been nominated by their employer under direct entry stream.

Agreement Stream: This stream is for the people who are sponsored by an employer via a labour agreement

This visa has two stages; firstly, the employer lodges a nomination for the applicant to work in a specific occupation and then the applicant applies for the visa.


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187)

This is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. Similarly to subclass 186 this visa also has three streams; the temporary residence transition stream, direct entry stream and the agreement stream. This visa is a three- step process and allows the visa holder to work in regional Australia. The very first step for this visa is to make an application to a certifying body to establish that the local market cannot fill the position for at least two years. Once the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) approves the position, the employer must then make an application for nomination to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Finally, once all the criteria’s are met the applicant applies for the visa.

Once the visa is granted the holder must comply with all the visa conditions to avoid visa cancellation.

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