Employer Nomination Scheme visa SC186

What you can do with this visa

  • Let skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently.  

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa.


There are three main streams:

  • Direct Entry stream
  • Labour agreement stream- The employer must have a labour agreement.
  • (from a qualifying SC482)

Shared Criteria

  • Have an eligible occupation
  • Have relevant work experience
  • must be licensed, registered or a member of a professional body if applicable.
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Be nominated
  • Must be under 45 years old, unless exempt
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Must have at least competent English
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Have no debt to the Australian government

Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • Must hold a 457, TSS or related bridging visa A, B or C
  • Be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • Must have worked for your employer full-time for at least three years

Common Visa Conditions

8515 – Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry

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