Subclass 186 Direct Entry Stream
Employer Nomination Scheme Visa – Subclass 186 Direct Entry Stream:
With this visa, you can:
Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.
This is a permanent visa – it lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.
You become a permanent resident on the day the visa is granted.
Your permanent residency for citizenship purposes starts:
For this visa, your family members are:
You can also include someone who holds a subclass 457 visa or subclass 482 visa if the Department of Home Affairs granted them that visa on the basis they are a member of your family.
Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet health and character requirements.
Family members who do not apply for the visa with you might also have to meet the requirements.
The visa costs AUD4045 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.
You will need to pay an extra charge called a second instalment for any family member aged 18 years or older who:
The second instalment for family members who apply for the visa with you is AUD4890.
If you need to pay the second instalment for a family member, the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs will send you an invoice after you have met all other requirements for the visa.
You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator at the website of the Department of Home Affairs. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.
You can apply for this visa from in or outside Australia. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a related bridging visa A, B or C.
If your substantive visa has a no further stay condition, you might still be able to lodge an application in Australia in certain circumstances.
You can be in or outside Australia when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your application.
Your application can take longer to process if:
Your visa application will not be processed if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will notify you if this is the case and if necessary, return your application.
Applications lodged with all necessary supporting documents (‘complete applications’) can generally be processed more quickly.
You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.
The Department of Home Affairs expect that you will work for your nominating employer for at least 2 years.
You agree to begin your employment within 6 months of:
From the date The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant this visa, you can travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.
After that period, you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
If you leave Australia after the expiry date of your travel facility, without being granted another permanent visa with a valid travel facility, for example a Resident Return (RRV), you might not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident.
To see when your travel condition ends, use VEVO.
Australian visas are digital. You will not get a label in your passport
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
Unless exempt, most applicants need to have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their occupation.
Applicants who are exempt from the skills assessment requirement are also exempt from the work experience requirement.
You must be licensed, registered or a member of a professional body if it is mandatory in the state or territory you intend to work in.
Most applicants need to have a skills assessment that shows they have the skills to work in the nominated position. Learn more about skills assessments.
You are exempt from having a skills assessment if you:
You must be nominated by an Australian employer whose business is actively and lawfully operating.
You must apply for the visa within 6 months of the nomination being approved.
Find out if your employer is eligible to nominate you.
The Department of Home Affairs can’t grant you a visa if:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t link a new nomination to your existing visa application. If this happens one possible option is to withdraw your first visa application and submit a new visa application in relation to the new nomination.
Usually, you must be under 45 years of age when you apply.
You are exempt from this age criteria if any of the following applies to you:
You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health and character requirement. The Department of Home Affairs might ask for health and character information about family not coming to Australia with you.
You must have at least competent English to be granted subclass 186 Direct entry stream of the visa.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.
Get a skills assessment if you need to. The assessment will prove you have the right skills and qualifications to do your job.
Make sure your English test results are current for this visa. Have English exams if necessary.
You need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until after you apply.
Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must let the department of Home Affairs know if you want someone to:
Make sure your employer has submitted a nomination application. They will receive a nomination Transaction Reference Number (TRN) when they do.
Ask your employer for the TRN. You need it to apply for the visa.
Criminal and civil penalties can be applied to anyone who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in exchange for visa sponsorship. Learn more about work visa scams.
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.
Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.
Documents that prove a change of name include:
Provide evidence of any licence, registration or professional membership mandatory to perform the nominated occupation in the state or territory you intend to work in, if applicable.
If you are a doctor, provide one of these certificates issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as proof of full registration:
If you are a barrister or solicitor, provide proof of admission to practise as a lawyer in the relevant state or territory.
Provide all of the following:
If you are exempt from having a skills assessment, provide proof that:
If you are 45 years old or older, provide documents to show you are exempt from the age eligibility criteria.
You are exempt from this criterion if any of the following apply to you:
See more about age, skill and English language exemptions in the relevant legislative instrument, IMMI 18/045.
Provide documents that show you have Competent English.
You do not need to provide health documents. If you have had medical exams, the results are sent to The department of Home Affairs by your doctor.
Provide an Australian police certificate if you have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia in the last 10 years since you turned 16. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs only accept complete disclosure National Police Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs do not accept standard disclosure certificates or national police certificates issued by Australian state or territory police. For immigration purposes, Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
To nominate someone to:
Documents that prove a de facto relationship include:
You must provide evidence that your partner has functional English.
If you can’t show that your partner has Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask you to.
For every dependant under 18 years who is applying with you provide:
You must get consent for the child to come to Australia from anyone who has a legal right to decide where the child lives.
They must complete either:
Include a document with the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a:
For every dependant 18 years old or older who is applying with you provide:
You need to prove that this person is a family member and/or dependent on you. Provide:
You must also prove this person has been financially dependent on you for at least 12 months before you apply. You could provide:
For other family members, if applicable, provide evidence the person:
You must show that your family member has functional English.
If you can’t show that your family member has functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment when The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask you to.
Have all non-English documents translated into English.
Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.
Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:
These details must be in English.
Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in colour.
The scans and photos must be clear.
If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will let you know when they have received your application.
The Department of Home Affairs can’t give updates on applications within the standard processing time.
You can check if they need more information from you in ImmiAccount.
If you are in Australia, you don’t have to tell the department of Home Affairs if you want to travel outside Australia while they process your application. This is because you can be outside Australia when they decide on your application.
But if you leave Australia, make sure you have a valid visa to return.
Learn about visa expiry.
Learn about Bridging visas.
If you didn’t complete health examinations before you applied, the Department of Home Affairs will let you know if you need them.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might ask for biometrics (fingerprints and photo).
The Department of Home Affairs might ask you to provide more information. Attach any additional documents they ask you for as soon as possible in ImmiAccount.
Make sure you stay lawful by holding a valid visa while they process your application.
When you apply for this visa in Australia, you are likely to be granted a bridging visa. If your current visa expires before they decide your application, the bridging visa will start. You can stay in Australia on the bridging visa while they process your new visa application.
Learn more about visa expiry.
If you need to pay a second instalment, they will send you an invoice after you have met all other requirements for the visa.
You can add family members to your application after you apply but before they decide on your visa.
For this visa your family members are:
Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.
Let the department of Home Affairs know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application.
Let The department of Home Affairs know if you no longer want someone to:
See more about withdrawing your nomination.
Tell the department of Home Affairs if things change after you submit your application but before they decide on your application.
Things you need to let the department of Home Affairs know about include:
See what to do if your situation changes.
You can be in or outside Australia when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your visa application.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will let you know their decision in writing.
If they grant your visa, they will tell you:
Keep a copy of the decision.
If they refuse your visa, they will tell you:
They will not refund the application charge if they refuse your application.
If an immigration officer processes your clearance at the department of Home Affairs border, they recommend you tell them:
If you do not tell them, you might be granted the 444 visa. Grant of a subclass 444 visa will override your permanent visa and might affect your eligibility for Australian citizenship.
Note: Please always refer to Department of Home Affairs website for updated information.