The 186 ENS allows employers to sponsor or assist employees on a 482 TSS visa (or a 457 ) a pathway to progress to permanent residence. The employee can remain in Australia while the application is processed
There are 3 eligibility pathways for the 186:
Direct Entry Stream – For applicants who do not hold a 457 or 482 or have not worked at all in Australia
Transitional Residence Stream – For applicants who have worked for their employer for 3 years while holding a 482 or a 457.
Agreement Stream – for persons who will work for an employer who has a labour agreement (this is relatively uncommon – but please contact us for further details).
The key requirements for the 186 which you must meet at the time the application is lodged are as follows:
Your employer must be prepared to nominate you for permanent residence and meet the nomination requirements.
Your occupation must be on the MLTSSL list (for Direct Entry).
The employer has met the training expenditure requirements (SAF levy)
Other eligibility requirements:
Transition Stream – You must have worked in a full-time position in Australia in the occupation (mentioned above). You must hold a Subclass 482 or 457 and have worked for your employer for the last three years prior to the 186 application being made (or 2 years if under transitional arrangements) OR
Direct Entry Stream – have had your skills assessed as suitable by the appropriate skills assessing authority and have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the application is lodged (unless there are exemptions).
Show that you have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the position If you need to be licensed or registered, then you must already be so (e.g. registered nurse, electrician etc.).
Be under 45 years of age (unless you meet the exemptions).
Provide a contract confirming your remuneration, position, employment terms etc. This must meet market salary requirements.
Have Competent English language ability (i.e. IELTS of at least 6.0 in each band).
You will also need to meet the health and character requirements for a permanent stay.
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