186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa(Labour agreement stream)

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Project Introduction

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) is to allow Australian employers to fill highly skilled positions with suitably qualified migrants. The scheme is designed to assist employers who are unable to meet their skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market.


The Labour Agreement stream might be for you if you currently work, or will work, for an employer who is party to a labour agreement.


Upon approval of this visa, the applicant is required to work for the Australian employer for a minimum of two years.

Project Advantages

Live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
Sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
Enrol in Medicare (Australia’s public healthcare system)
Apply for Australian citizenship if eligible

Application requirements

Unless the labour agreement provides otherwise, you must be aged under 45 years when you apply
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience (some work exemptions may apply).
An IELTS score of at least 6 in each of the four components or an equivalent English language proficiency test is required.
If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement.
Must currently work, or will work, for your employer under a labour agreement.
Skills assessment may required
Meet health requirement
No criminal records

Application Process

Preliminary assessment of individual situation and tailor-made plans
Sign a contract
Australian employer apply for employer sponsorship
Employer Submits Job Nomination Application
Submit the visa application and pay the application fees
Waiting for visa review
Visa approved