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How to be granted subclass 186 visa in 2024?

Subclass 186 visa is a permanent residency visa. Eligible applicants can apply directly for subclass 186 or while holding a suitable subclass 482 visa. Let’s read on and get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.



What is a subclass 186 visa?

Employer Nomination Scheme visa – Subclass 186 is a visa that allows skilled workers, who are sponsored by their employer, to live and work in Australia permanently.

A Subclass 186 has 3 different streams as follows:

    • Direct Entry stream
    • Labour Agreement stream
    • Temporary Residence Transition stream

Contact VEM to know which stream suits you best!


what is subclass 186
What is a subclass 186 visa?


The benefits of subclass 186 visa

With this visa, applicants can enjoy 5 of these amazing benefits.



Live in Australia permanently.

Health care

Access to Medicare – Australia’s public health care scheme.

Work and studyTo work and study in Australia without limits.
Multiple entriesTravel to and from Australia for 5 years. After 5 years, you need to apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV).
Family memberAllow your eligible family members to come to Australia with you.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship when meeting the requirements.


visa subclass 186
The benefits of subclass 186 visa


When being granted the 186 visa you officially become an Australian permanent resident, however you need to fulfil the conditions applicable to the visa.

The requirements of subclass 186 visa

General requirements

Whether you apply for any stream of Australia 186 visa, you have to meet the following requirements:

    • Under 45 years of age at the time of making visa application.
    • Must be sponsored by an eligible Australian employer.
    • Must achieve a competent English level (Ielts 6.0).
    • Must meet the health and character requirements.
    • No criminal record.
    • No debt to the Australian government.


subclass 186 requirements
The requirements of subclass 186 visa


Specific requirements


Temporary Residence Transition stream
    • Occupation requirements: On the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the same as the holding subclass 482 visa.
    • Has the same occupation requirements as the 482 visa.
    • Work experience: During 3 years of holding visa 482, the applicants must work full-time in the same occupation for the employer sponsor.
    • Pass the skills assessment (if required).
Direct Entry stream
    • The occupation must be listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
    • Have at least 3 years of working experience.
    • Must pass a skills assessment.
Labour Agreement stream
    • The occupation may not be listed on the MLTSSL, but must be approved by the Australian Government.
    • Have at least 3 years of working experience.
    • Pass a skills assessment (if required).


Each stream of subclass 186 visa has different requirements, so it’s best to carefully check whether you meet them all.


To make sure whether you meet all the requirements, please contact VEM. Our registered migration consultant will assist you.


Step-by-step of a subclass 186 visa application

    • Step 1: Checks whether the employer meets the requirements to be able to sponsor the applicant.
    • Step 2: The employer submits a nomination for the applicant.
    • Step 3: The applicant prepares the documents and submits the application.
    • Step 4: The applicant provides additional documents (if required).
    • Step 5: The applicant receives a Australia 186 visa.

Being registered for practice (MARN: 1577877), experienced and also a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), Mr. Peter Cao always ensures your visa application is legal and well-treated.


subclass 186 process
Step-by-step of a subclass 186 visa application


Processing times of a subclass 186 visa

Your visa processing times will depend greatly on the accuracy of your documents and papers. Specifically,


 Direct Entry StreamLabour Agreement StreamTemporary Residence Transition Stream
50% of applications are processed within7 months6 months8 months
90% of applications are processed within11 months17 months12 months


Note that how your application is prepared may impact your Subclass 186 visa processing time. A “ready make decision” visa application will help you get the visa grant in the earliest time.


186 processing time
Processing time of a Employer Nomination Scheme visa


Required documents for subclass 186 visa application


For the applicant

Identification papers
    • ID card photos.
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
Skill assessments

186 visa skills assessment result.

English certificates
    • IELTS certificate with a minimum band score of 6.0.
    • The English test must be within 3 years prior to making a visa application.
Health and characterProofs that you meet the health and character requirements.
For the sponsor
    • Evidence that their business is legally established and currently operating.
    • Business documents (P&L, BAS . . .).
    • A copy of the employment contract signed by the employer and the applicant.
    • Proof of strong support for Australian labour.
    • For Labour Agreement Stream: Evidence that you can’t find a suitably skilled Australian to fill the position.
For additional applicant
    • Identification documents.
    • Proofs of their relationship with the main applicant.
    • Proof that they meet the health and character requirements.
    • English certificate (if they’re from and over 18 years of age).


To avoid any disadvantages to your 186 visa application, it’s best to have assistance by a professional expert.


186 visa documents
Required documents for subclass 186 visa application


The cost of a subclass 186 visa


For the visa applicantFor the accompany member
First instalmentAUD4,640
    • From and over 18 years of age: AUD2,320
    • Under 18 years of age: AUD1,160
Second instalmentAUD9,800
    • From and over 18 years of age: AUD4,890
    • Under 18 years of age: AUD0

Note: The 186 visa fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.


If the additional applicant is over 18 years old and doesn’t have an IELTS certificate with a minimum band score of 4.5, a second instalment fee is compulsory.


subclass 186 visa cost
The cost of a subclass 186 visa


Applicants who do not meet the English requirements may be allowed to pay the second instalment.


Responsibilities of the subclass 186 visa holders

    • Comply with Australian laws.
    • Begin the employment within 6 months of:
      • Entering Australia (if you’re outside Australia when being granted the visa)
      • Being granted the visa (if you’re in Australia)
    • Work for the sponsor employer for at least 2 years.


The visa could be cancelled if you fulfil these responsibilities. Contact VEM for further advice.


Frequently asked questions

Which stream of Subclass 186 visa can help me to live in Australia permanently?

All three streams of visa 186 can help you to live in Australia permanently.

Where should I be when applying for visa 186?

You can be in or outside Australia.

Can I include family members in my application?

Yes, as long as they meet the Subclass 186 visa requirements for dependent applicants.

Is there any way to be exempt from the English language requirement when applying for a 186 visa?

Yes, if you have a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.

What if I don't work for the employer sponsor for 2 years?

You may have your visa cancelled. Contact a migration consultant for advice.

Can I use work experience while holding visa 500 and 485 to apply for visa 186 Temporary Residence Transition stream?

No. Experience while holding a Subclass 500 visa may not be accepted but may be accepted holding Subclass 485 visa.

Can I use the skill assessment result of visa 485 to apply for visa 186?

It depends. Contact a migration consultant for assistance.

Can I apply for visa 186 while holding visa 482?

It depends on your circumstances.

Can I work for another employer after being granted the visa 186?

No, unless your current sponsor (employer) has an accepted reason to leave you.


Contact VEM for further assistance!


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2 thoughts on “How to be granted subclass 186 visa in 2024?

  1. Joanna kathleen lao says:

    I would like to have a direct job there in australia for Ive had an experience in australian based company here in philippines

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