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Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 186)

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This employer sponsored visa allows Australian employers to nominate skilled international workers to work for their Australian business, when they can’t find an appropriate skilled worker in Australia. The visa holder can work in Australia in their nominated occupation and have Permanent Residency. 

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Who is this Visa suitable for?

This employer sponsored visa is suitable for international skilled workers looking to find permanent work in Australia, whether they are working on a temporary visa and want to transition to permanent residency or would like direct entry overseas.  

What this Visa lets you do?

  • Permanently live in Australia

  • Holders can work and study in Australia

  • Holders can enrol in Medicare

  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years after processing

  • Holders can sponsor other family members to come to Australia and apply for Australian citizenship

Direct Entry Stream

  • Must have 3 years relevant work experience.

  • Must have a skills assessment (exemptions apply).

  • Must be within an eligible occupation for nomination and be licensed and registered in the work body if it is mandatory for the profession.

  • Must be nominated by an Australian employer.

  • Must be under the age of 45 (exemptions apply).

Labour Agreement Stream

  • Must be working or intend to work for an employer with a labour agreement.

  • English language skills may be required within the labour agreement guidelines.

  • Must be nominated by an Australian employer.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

  • Have relevant work experience, (3 years full time 457, 482 visa subclass work).

  • Nomination by the employer that was the sponsor of the original temporary work visa.

  • Must have ‘competent English language skills’.

  • Must be under the age of 45 (exemptions apply).

  • Skills assessment may be required.

How to Apply?

With Australian Immigration & Visa Services on your side, you can trust that our registered immigration agents will guide you through the entire application process and be there to support you along the way.


The application process will differ depending on the stream. This will also modify whether the visa will be applied for within or outside of Australia.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there is.
This depends on the size of your employer’s business:

  • A small business (annual turnover <10 million AUD) will cost: $3000 AUD
  • A larger business (annual turnover >10 million AUD) will cost: $5000 AUD 

Don’t know which visa to apply for?

With AIVS’ employer sponsored visa immigration agents and Australian immigration consultants, we can help you find a solution to your visa needs and with any questions you may have about which visa is best for you.


Who I Work With

Worldly Migration is an Australian Immigration agency that provides migration solutions tailored to every situation. Worldly Migration’s primary consultant is employer visa specialist Evan Bishop, a registered Australian migration agent (MARN 1679414) who prior to establishing Worldly Migration in 2018, was an experienced recruiter, specialising in helping international students secure their first professional employment roles in Australia. Evan was continually approached by Migration Agents and Lawyers to assist with Employer Nominator preparation. A lot of this involves writing Employment Position Descriptions, providing specific information on Labour Market Testing, and justifying salaries. This was the catalyst for the evolution of his passion for launching Worldly Migration. Evan oversees all work directly, and he is known for his meticulous approach. Keeping up to date with immigration legislation changes that always reflect current policies is a hallmark of Evan’s clients.