Australian Education and Migration Services

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa

As part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program, the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. It involves two steps--nomination by an approved Australian employer and application under the nominated stream.

This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can​ be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

This visa has three streams:

The Direct Entry stream is for:

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for

The Labour Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.


You might be able to get this visa if you:

Application Charges

Nomination Application Charge: $540

Visa Application Charge:

$4045-Main Applicant

$2025-Dependent Visa Applicant over 18 years old

$1010-Dependent Visa Applicant under 18 years old

Credit Card Surcharge applies and payable to the Department of Home Affairs if using credit card for payment


If you pay for your visa application charges, sponsorship or nomination fees by credit card or by PayPal, a surcharge may apply. The current surcharge rates are:

*The surcharge will also apply to Debit Visa cards and Debit Mastercards when making payments.

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