Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
Australian or overseas businesses may sponsor and employ staff from abroad with this visa. The success of your visa application relies entirely upon your potential employer’s sponsorship. This visa is only available to people who work in occupations that appear on the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL).
This visa will allow you to work in Australia for up to four years as well as bring your family to work or study in Australia. The subclass 457 is a temporary visa that can lead to permanent residency via subclasses 186 or 187.
Employers must select the role that needs to be filled from the defined list of skilled occupations. All nominated roles need to meet certain minimum criteria relating to salary and skill level.
Once a role is selected, immigration authorities will evaluate the nomination and determine whether it meets their criteria. As nominations are thoroughly examined, it is important that applications are well-prepared and correctly completed.
Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents, such as 457 visa holders, who live and work in Australia. These applicants usually hold positions that appear on the CSOL.
The Subclass 186 has three visa streams:
1. The Temporary Residence Transition stream
This is for applicants who are currently in Australia on a 457 visa and have worked for their employer for at least two years. The employer must sponsor the applicant’s permanent residence visa application.
2. The Direct Entry stream
Applicants who are outside of Australia and who have never, or have only briefly, worked in Australia will take this route. A positive skills assessment is necessary to obtain this visa.
3. The Agreement stream
This stream is for applicants who are sponsored by an employer through either a labour or regional migration agreement.
As the 186 visa is a permanent residence visa, it is the end goal of many 457 visa holders.
Additional criteria for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
When applying for this visa, you will be assessed on a number of different factors, including age, English language ability, training, health, character and what the market salary rates are.
Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186
Unlike the temporary 457 visa, the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 is a permanent residence visa. The ENS has two main streams:
Temporary residence transitional stream
This is for people who have lived in Australia on a 457 visa for two years and have worked in their same nominated occupation, with the same employer and have an offer of permanent employment.
This is the usual progression for people who have worked in Australia for two years and want to obtain permanent residence.
Direct entry stream
This is for people who have not worked for two years on a 457 visa but have an employer that wants to permanently employ them.
The applicant must have passed a skills assessment and have a minimum of three years of post-qualified work experience. The prospective employee can be outside or inside Australia at the time of the application.
Applicants are assessed on other factors such as age, English language ability, training, health, character, market salary rates, work place relations laws, and other factors.
We have dealt with a wide variety of employee nominated visas and can assess your eligibility to determine if you qualify for the Employer Nominated Scheme.
If you do not qualify we can advise you on what you need to do in order to qualify.
Are these not the correct visa options for you? We can help you with other Australian visa options such as Skilled Migration visas, Partner visas and Parent visas.