The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) allows eligible Australian employers the option to sponsor suitably skilled overseas applicants to live and work permanently in Australia. It provides eligible employers with access to a pool of highly skilled foreign workers who are experienced, skilled in their field, and willing to work in Australia.
The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) is one of the pathways to Australian permanent residency. It allows a person who has been nominated by an employer and meets other eligibility requirements to:
Note; The five-year travel ban only prevents re-entry into Australia after the expiry of the five-year period, after which time a Resident Return visa or other suitable visas will need to be obtained. This does not affect the visa holders who are inside Australia.
The Employer Nomination Scheme has three (3) main categories under which applicants can apply:
The following is an overview of the purpose and eligibility requirements for each stream.
The Temporary Residence Transition stream allows applicants who have held a 457 visa sponsored by their employer to apply for permanent residency.
To become eligible for the Temporary Residence Transition category:
The Direct Entry stream allows applicants to be nominated for Permanent Residence by an employer, even if the applicant does not meet the requirements of Canada’s Temporary Resident Transition Stream.
To be eligible for approval under the Direct Entry stream:
The Labour Agreement stream is for applicants who are nominated by an employer that has entered into a ratified Labour Agreement with the Australian Government.
Applicants for this stream must meet a number of criteria, including age, skills, and English language requirements provided under the relevant agreement, as well as health and character requirements.
This list does not include all possible eligibility requirements and further conditions may apply.
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