Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 Visa

 

The Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer.

There are two separate pathways or streams for the 186 visa. You can satisfy the requirements of either stream before applying for the 186 visa. The streams are called the Direct Entry stream, and the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

 

Main eligibility requirements for 186 visa

 

In order to obtain a 186 visa, the visa applicant and the employer will need to satisfy a number of requirements, including the following key requirements:

  • Employer will need to satisfy the ‘training benchmark’ requirement, which generally means that it will need to provide training to its Australian citizen and permanent resident employees
  • If the visa applicant is applying under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, then the applicant needs to complete 2 years of full-time work as a 457 visa holder
  • If the visa applicant is applying under the Direct Entry stream, then generally speaking the visa applicant will need to obtain a positive skill assessment for the nominated occupation and have 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Visa applicant needs to make the commitment to work in the nominated role for a period of at least 2 years from the date that permanent residency is granted. The employer will also need to make the commitment to ensure that the role available to the visa applicant for that period
  • The role that the visa applicant is nominated to perform needs to align with an eligible occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List
  • Visa applicant must satisfy the English requirement for this visa, or one of the available exemptions
  • Visa applicant’s salary must be consistent with the ‘Australian market rate’ for the nominated role

Please note that the above listed requirements are not the only requirements that the visa applicant and the employer/sponsor need to satisfy in order to obtain a 186 visa. The above does outline the key requirements.

 

 

Commitment that you make as a Subclass 186 visa applicant

 

In the visa application form, as the applicant, you are required to declare that you:

  1. Agree to work in the nominated position for at least two years
  2. Understand that if you as the applicant, or any family members included in the application or third parties acting your behalf, provide (or have provided in a previous application) false or misleading information, or bogus documents either knowingly or otherwise, the visa application will be refused and you may be subject to three year bar in relation to visas to which the fraud criterion applies. Any visa granted may be cancelled.

Effectively, this means that when your visa application is lodged, you must have the intention to work for your sponsoring employer in your nominated role for at least 2 years from the date that the permanent residency visa is approved.

 

Common eligibility requirements

 

All 186 visa applicants need to satisfy the following common requirements:

  • You can apply for this visa if you hold a substantive visa, or a bridging visa A, B or C. If you hold a bridging visa, you won’t need to address Schedule 3
  • Age requirement
  • Equivalent terms and conditions of employment

 

Age requirement

 

You need to be under 50 years of age at the time that you lodge your application. There are only a few allowed exceptions to this requirement for those applicants that are 50 years of age or over which are outlined below:

  1. Ministers of religion nominated by a religious institution
  2. Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 who have been nominated by an Australian government agency
  3. Senior academics employed by a university in Australia
  4. Persons holding subclass 457 visas, who have a) worked for their nominating employer for at least the 4 year period preceding the visa application and b) been paid at least the Fair Work High Income Threshold for each of these 4 years (this pathway is only available through the Temporary Residence Transition stream)

 

Equivalent terms and conditions of employment

 

Your sponsoring employer needs to demonstrate that the terms and conditions of your employment are no less favourable than the terms and conditions of employment that would be provided to an ‘equivalent Australian citizen or permanent resident’ (known as the ‘market rate’ requirement). This can be shown by providing a contract of an Australian citizen or permanent resident that is working in the same position and location as the role that you are nominated to perform for the purposes of the visa application.

Your employer may not have an Australian citizen or permanent resident that works as an employee in the same role and location as your nominated role.

If this is the case, then your employer can provide evidence of what the Australian market salary rate is for your nominated role and show that your salary is at least equal to the market rate. This is generally demonstrated by providing Australian market salary survey data. This data needs to be relevant to the nominated role and the location where you will be working (i.e. market salary data, such as Hays Salary Guides, will usually give specific data for various capital cities around Australia).

 

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream

 

To apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, you need to complete two years of employment with the employer that sponsored you for your 457 visa.

Employment with a different 457 visa sponsor can’t be counted towards the two years. Employment while holding a different visa can’t count towards the two years.

You need to have been working in the role that you will be sponsored for under the Subclass 186 visa application for at least 2 out of the last 3 years (excluding periods of unpaid leave). This also means that employment completed in a different role cannot be counted, even if you performed this role with the same sponsor.

 

English language requirement – TRT stream

 

You need to have ‘vocational’ English language ability which is satisfied if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand; or
  • The English examination scores that you need to achieve for Vocational English are as follows:
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 5 5 5 5
TOEFL iBT 4 4 14 14
PTE Academic 36 36 36 36
OET B B B B

 

You are exempted from having to satisfy the English language requirement if:

  • You are a Minister of Religion nominated by a religious institution, or
  • Your guaranteed annual earnings for your nominated position is at least equivalent to the highest current Australian individual income tax rate (currently $180,001 per annum), or
  • If you have completed at least 5 years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all the tuition was delivered in English

 

Direct Entry (DE) stream

 

Generally speaking, you need to apply for and obtain a positive skill assessment for your nominated occupation from the relevant skill assessment body. You must have your positive skill assessment outcome at the time of lodgement of your visa application.

If you are not sure about which skill assessment body is applicable for your occupation, find the relevant ANZSCO on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. This list states the relevant skill assessment body for each sponsorable occupation.

You are exempt from having to complete a skill assessment if your guaranteed annual salary falls within the highest Australian income tax bracket (currently $180,001).

You are also exempt from having to complete a skill assessment if you are a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizens) or Subclass 461 visa holder (relative of a New Zealand citizen) and you have worked in a sponsorable occupation for the same employer for at least 2 out of the last 3 years (excluding periods of unpaid leave).

 

English language requirement – DE Stream

 

The English language requirements for the Direct Entry and Temporary Residence Transition streams are different.

You need to have ‘competent’ English language ability which is satisfied if:

  • If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand; or
  • The English examination scores that you need to achieve for Competent English are as follows:
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT 12 13 21 18
PTE Academic 50 50 50 50
OET B B B B

 

You are exempted from having to satisfy the English language requirement if:

  • You are a Minister of Religion nominated by a religious institution, or
  • Your guaranteed annual earnings for your nominated position is at least equivalent to the highest current Australian individual income tax rate (currently $180,001 per annum)

 

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Dependents who are over 18 – Functional English language ability

 

This applies for both the DE and TRT streams.

All adult dependents who are over 18 years of age will need to demonstrate ‘functional’ English language ability. This can be demonstrated in a number of ways:

  1. Achieve English examination results outlined below; or
  2. Complete all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  3. Complete at least 5 years of secondary education at institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  4. Complete in Australia at least 1 year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was conducted in English; or
  5. Hold an award (being a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate) that required at least 2 years of full-time study or training; and all instruction (including instruction received in other courses for which the person was allowed credit) for that award was conducted in English.

Required Scores to establish Functional English are as follows:

Test component Average test score
IELTS 4.5
TOEFL iBT 32
PTE Academic 30

 

 

The application process

 

You can only lodge an application using the Department’s online portal.

You can only prepare the online visa application form once your nominating employer has at least started to prepare the nomination application for your role (which is also prepared using the online portal). This is because you need the nomination application TRN which will be issued to your employer once they have started to prepare the nomination application.

You can lodge your visa application while you are inside or outside of Australia (but you won’t be granted a Bridging Visa A that is associated with your Subclass 186 visa application if you are outside of Australia at the time of lodgement).

After you have lodged the application, you upload the supporting documents electronically. As part of the initial application, you do not need to submit any actual paper work or forms. It is all online.

In my experience with NSW applications, normal processing time is 3-8 months.

 

How much does this visa cost?

 

The below is just a list of the relevant government lodgement fees:

  • 186 nomination application: $540
  • Base application fee: $3520
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years and over: $1760
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years or under: 880

 

Secondary visa application charge (SVAC)

 

This needs to be paid if anyone in your application who does not satisfy the English language requirement that applies to them. However, as the primary applicant, you need to meet the English language requirement. If you do not meet the English language requirement – then one of the exemptions outlined above must apply to you. If one of the exemptions apply to you as the primary applicant, then you need to pay the SVAC if you also do not have ‘functional’ English language ability.

This fee is paid at the time of decision so your case officer will contact you at the time that the payment is required.

As the primary applicant, if you don’t have functional English language ability, then the SVAC is $8,520. For other adult dependents that can’t demonstrate functional English, the SVAC is $4,520.

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Frequently asked questions

 

  1. Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work that I completed under another visa like 485 and student visa?
    A: No
  2. Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work completed with a different employer?
    A: No
  3. Q: For the TRT stream, can I lodge my application before I complete 2 years of full-time work if I am close to completing 2 years?
    A: No – you must satisfy the 2 year requirement at the time of application

 

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456 thoughts on “Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 Visa

  1. Malik

    Hello peng,
    Could you kindly guide me on RSMS 187 , I just got RCB approved how long it will take for the department of immigration to decide about the visa any idea?

    Reply
  2. Mo

    Hi

    I am currently on a 457 visa which was granted in Aug -2016. The profession I am under now is Market Research Analyst which has been removed from the skills list.

    Would I still be eligible to apply for PR through the TRT Scheme in August 2018?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mo,
      Based on the current law you can apply under the TRT stream after 2 years of work as a 457 visa holder, but the government may change this.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Himanshu

    Hello Peng
    How are you? Hope all is fine! I lodged my ENS on 9 September 2016, department asked some papers from my employer on end of March, my employer sent immigration department all the documents to the department on 3 April. I haven’t heard anything from department yet! Could you please tell me how long more they gonna take or what they can think?
    Many Thanks
    Regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Himanshu,
      Department doesn’t have any set processing times – generally takes around 4-8 weeks or longer for the Department to make a decision once they have all required information.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Bhim

    Hi Peng,
    I am on 457 visa since January 2017 as a cook. Due to current changes from 18 April 2017 , I have been anxious about my situation and circumstances whether I would be able to lodge my 186 in 2019 February.
    It would be so appreciable if you could advise on my circumstance what I should at the moment.
    Would this current changes affect my situation or not?
    I look forward to have some suggestion soon !
    Kind Regards,
    Bhim

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Bhim,
      Based on the current law you can apply under the TRT stream after 2 years of work as a 457 visa holder, but the government may change this.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Janice

    Hi Peng,
    I’m currently holding 457 since Dec 2015, due to the new rules implement would like to get your advice on what will be affected for me to apply employer-sponsored Permanent Resident.

    1. Understand the 2 years employment is counting by physically present in AU, those business trips will be excluded from the 2 years period – does this true? If yes any other factor will affect the 2 years fulfillment?
    2. Understand the 2 years employment fulfillment is started counting when i am physically reported to work in AU, not the effective date stated in the offer letter.
    3. The 2 years employment has to be at the same position? What if my company has moved me to other roles due to project’s need?

    Appreciate your reply.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Janice,
      Sorry but we will need to ask you to contact us for an appointment if you need advice in relation to your options – I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Ali

    Hello Peng,
    Thank you very much your information in advanced.
    I am a GP and lodged my 186 TRT stream on 17 Oct 2016.
    Nomination approved on 1st April 2017.
    I did my medical tests on 10th April.
    My question is how many weeks later I would get my final desicion?
    Regards,
    Ali

    Reply
  7. Shivas

    Dear Peng
    My ENS nomination was approved last week . I wonder if I would get affected to get PR visa now according to the current changes that has had happened April 18 last month.
    Now what would be the next step to after ENS nomination approval in my case?
    I would be so grateful if you could clear out my confusion in regard to my above circumstances.
    Kind Regards,
    Shivass

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shivas,
      Department didn’t change the 186 visa requirements in April 2017 – they should decide your visa application in the next 4-8 weeks.
      PC

      Reply
  8. Masoud

    Hi Peng, is the new immigration changes after April 2017 effected the visa 186 DIRECT ENTRY stream? Can I apply now or I have to wait for changes?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Masoud,
      Yes the Department changed the list of eligible occupations after April 2017.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Chams

    Hi Peng

    I am working in one company for last two and half years at the same position. So, am I eligible for direct entry stream (186 visas )? In this scenario skill assessment is compulsory? My occupation is in the CSOL. If yes, how many years do I need to continue work with my employer?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Generally speaking you need a skill assessment for the DE stream unless you are exempted:

      You might not have to meet the skill assessment and work experience requirements if you:
      were nominated as an academic by a university in Australia
      were nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical specialist at ANZSCO skill level one or two by an Australian government scientific agency
      have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD 180,001)
      are in Australia as the holder of a Special Cate​​​gory visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

      PC

      Reply
  10. Raj

    Hi peng, in advance thanks for you time , I m right now on 457 visa as restaurant manager , I got visa on 30th November 2016 and it will expire on 30th April 2018( total visa is 18months ) , as last month rules has been changed and I complitly worried with my PR , what option I have left for me to get PR , kindly advice me to handle this situation ,thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raj,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  11. Christin Fligge

    Hi Peng,

    my partner and I have been on our 457 visa for 2 years and want to lodge now the application for the 186 visa via Transition stream. Do we both need to complete health assessments?

    Thank you already for your help.

    Reply
  12. Chams

    Hi Peng

    my employer is not paying superannuation does it mandatory for 186 visa?
    I have been working with the same company for last 3 years.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chams,
      Superannuation is generally required under employment/contract law. It would be up to the case officer to decide if superannuation records are required.
      PC

      Reply
  13. Jyothi

    Hi Henry,
    I have got PR VISA through employer nomination scheme(186) in Dec-2016.
    Now my employer is not able to provide employment so, can I change employer?
    Please advice me.

    Thanks,
    Jyothi

    Reply
  14. Sam

    hi Peng,

    DIBP has requested for me to go for the medical assessment for my 186 direct stream VISA.
    Is this means, did they assess the nomination and my VISA application? is this final stage? Usually when they request for the medical assessment?

    awaiting for your usefull response.

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      Health examinations are generally one of the later steps befor decisions are made.
      PC

      Reply
  15. AMIR

    Hi Peng

    I am trying to calculate the points to be able to apply at 189 skill visa but i really don’t understand what does it means this :

    -Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply

    What is a professional year in Australia?? Study by an INSTITUTION or WORKING in my skill sector?

    thanks in advance for your time

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amir,
      Extract from DIBP’s website:
      Professional year in Australia
      You can receive five points for having completed a professional year in Australia in the four years before you were invited to apply.
      Your professional year course must have been in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation. The course must have lasted for at least 12 months.
      Qualifying professional year courses are offered by:
      Australian Computer Society
      CPA Australia
      Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
      Institute of Public Accountants (formerly the National Institute of Accountants)
      Engineers Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Pilar

    Hi Peng,

    I’m applying for 186 Visa. It’s possible to include my partner in the application even if he is overseas? In case not, it’s possible to include him if he come with tourist Visa?

    Thank you in advance. I really appreciate your time.

    Regards,

    Pilar

    Reply
  17. khushi

    Hi
    My ENS nomination has been approved today after 6.5 months of ENS186 lodgement. I wonder how long would it take more roughly to get final visa (PR). and what is the chances of getting PR once ENS nomination gets approved?
    Would be greatly appreciated if you could advise on my concern .
    Thank you !
    Khusi

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Khushi,
      Processing time varies depending on your application – you could be waiting a few weeks (or months if there are complications).
      DIBP will approve if they determine that you satisfy the visa requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Ryan Nguyen

    Hi Peng,
    I am currently on 457 Visa (granted 4 years). I will be finished 2 years full-time working on 4/5/2017 (next month) for my company. My occupation is “Network Administrator” on Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Do I eligible to apply Permanent Resident 186 ENS through “Temporary Residence Transition stream” ? And if yes, so the English requirement is still at least 5 in each component for IELTS ? Cause I am planning to apply for PR 186 after I finished 2 years full-time working but before 1/7/2017 (New English language requirement) .
    Thank you.
    Ryan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ryan,
      Please see above post for English requirement.
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Amir

    Hi Peng,
    I am a university lecturer and I have a 457 visa for two years which is valid until 2018. Because I have got a permanent position my employer(HR department) has lodged the nomination application for 186 ENS on 20th April, 2017 and I am also going to lodge my application using TRN number that I have received before the nomination approval decision for saving the time.

    I have proceeded though different steps and finally I was waiting for uploading the necessary documents. But, I was navigated to the page for payment and it is mentioned that after the payment I should wait for the decision. So, where or when in the application I should upload the documents?
    Cheers.
    A

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amir,
      After you pay and lodge, the following webpages will allow you to upload documents.
      PC

      Reply
  20. Samuel

    Hi Peng,

    I would like to know if I would be eligible to apply for employer-sponsored Permanent Resident (PR) in the Temporary Residence Transition stream instead of renewing my current 4 year 457 Visa which expires on 20 September 2017. Because I got a new role and was transferred to a occupation/role which is on the STSOL list on the 13th November 2015. I will not have completed 2 years before by Visa expires on 20/09/2017. Will a bridging visa count towards the remaining both? And if I renew in 20/09/2017 will I lose the option for PR based on the new regulations?
    Thank you,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Samuel,
      You can’t count time after you lodge your application.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  21. Min

    Hi Peng,
    My employer has just submitted the 186 nomination for the TRT stream. This is the first time we are doing this. What is the common time for receiving a TRN?

    Warm regards,
    Min

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Min,
      You should get this right after the business lodges the nomination application.
      PC

      Reply
  22. Van Hlei Thang

    Hi Peng,
    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    Previously, the processing time for 186 ENS was 6-8 months. 8-12 months is recent one. Will it effect all that were submitted before the change.

    Regards,
    Van

    Reply
  23. Maluse

    Hi Peng,
    I have been on a 457 since November 2016. since the current changes I’d like to get on a PR as soon as possible via the direct stream. I am a hairstylist and I’m aware that I have to do a skills assessment. Do I wait for the nomination to be approved before I do the skilss assessment, and before I do my part of the application. Or is it recommend to do it all at the same time? Appreciate your help,
    Best regards, Maluse

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Maluse,
      You can lodge both if your confident in your application – up to you whether you want to pay the applications fees before nomination approval.
      PC

      Reply
  24. Evrim

    Hi Peng,

    My occupation (Teaching English To Speakers of Other Language- TESOL) is in the short term stream skilled occupation list. I have more than 4 years experience in this field and have a master degree from Melbourne uni and bachelor degree in English. I have got my skill assessment as well. My employer wants to apply to 186 Direct Entry Stream. Since by March 2018 Medium-Long term list will apply for 186 visa, we have some concerns about this visa type whether or not it will be approved.

    Thanks so much for your time.

    Ev

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ev,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  25. arjun pandey

    hi there,
    i applied PR from the pathway from 457 and my file opens 4th of April and asked for some document and i submitted that document on 7th of April. just wondering how long will it take nomination to be approved after the nomination how long will take PR to be approved.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Arjun,
      Case officer can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks or longer to make a final decision once they have all required information and documents.
      PC

      Reply
  26. Mariane

    Hi Peng,

    I’ve been on a 457 visa for a year and now my profession (food technologist) has just been excluded from the new migration lists. Does this mean I won’t be able to apply for PR after 2 years of work, as a requirement for it was that the profession had to be on the CSOL list and now it’s not on its substitute list?
    Thanks in advance.
    Mariane

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mariane,
      The current law in relation to employer sponsored permanent residency has not changed (yet), hence you can apply for permanent residency under the 186 (or 187 for regional) visa after you complete 2 years of work with your current sponsor as before. This is irrespective of whether your occupation is on the current list of eligible occupations for the 457 visa, or if your occupation is later removed by the government.
      PC

      Reply
  27. Dev

    Hi peng, I am on 457 visa and going to apply 186 visa after 10th July 2017. New changes will effect on my visa and what would be ilets score required Ta.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dev,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Van Hlei Thang

    Hi Peng,
    We submitted the Nomination and Application of 186 ENS (Minister of Religion Stream) and received acknowledgement on 11 Nov 2016. The Nomination was approved on 29 Mar 2017, but still waiting to hear my result. According to your experience, how long do I need to wait? Highly appreciated your time and expertize.

    Van

    Reply
  29. Rocky

    Hi PC
    I lodged my 186 on September 2016 after completing 2 years work. Could you please tell me what month immigration processing 186 files ATM? Please tell me estimated time for my 186 when it can be open? I lodged nomination and visa together. I will get decision straight away? Or if they will ask for some documents how long more time they will take to give decision after all papers will be deposit?
    Regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rocky,
      Think they are looking at Aug-Sep 2016 applications.
      DIBP can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks or longer to make a final decision once they have all required information.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Kimmy

    Hi Peng
    I am a student I am qualified in chef. I have work for this restaurant for more 4 years now. In my roll I am a chef and and front house manager as well. My employees want to sponsor me 0n a 186 visa can or not..
    If you can please let me know that be great.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kimmy,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  31. Francesco

    Hi Peng,

    I am about to apply for 186 TRT in June. I have a contact who works for immigration and told me that processing time for TRT is much less compared to Direct Entry. Can you confirm that?

    Also, I understand I need to wait to complete 2 years with 457, can the employer lodge the nomination application now? Is there any document / requirement I can go ahead with now without having to wait June?

    Thanks,

    Francesco

    Reply
  32. Harvinder

    Hi, I am currently on 457 visa with same company under one roof as my previous company has been ceased. I have three years experience as a cook and my age is 41 . Just wondering if I apply for PR how I can complete my points. Some one told me you are 41 and skill assessment is not enough with 6 in each. Plz suggest me

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harvinder,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  33. Parry

    Hi ,
    My question is that I already applied for my186 visa after 2 years. I applied for Medicare. When Medicare will come can I stop to pay my private insurance ? But some one told I need to continue with Bupa till my visa come because if negative results come then it can effect on 457 visa.plsgibe me advice.
    Thanks

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  34. Dev

    Hi Peng.

    I have one query if you can help with:

    I am on 457 visa and I am going to apply my PR(186 TRT) on next September. my question is if my employer agree can i take advance annual leave. i have 25 days annual leave balance and i required another 25 days. if i will take advance annual leave, will make any impact on my PR file? my exact 2 years will finish in september and i am planning to put my PR file straight.

    I will wait for your answer or reply.

    Thanks.

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  35. Aideen

    Hi,

    I’m applying for the PR 186 ENS Direct Entry stream. My fiancé will be a defacto too.
    Do we both need to complete medical assessments or just me as I am the main applicant?

    Thanks,
    Aideen

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  36. Viro

    Hi peng,
    I studied in Australia for 5 years and came back to Sri Lanka two years ago.one of my friend who is successful in his businesses invited me to join one of his franchises. His lawyer is lodging the visa under 186.
    I have few questions.
    If I apply for 186 how long it takes to grant visa since I’m in Sri lanka( doesn’t have to be specific)
    And will I get my PR when they grant the 186 visa.( is it like RSMS?)
    If not how long do I have to wait till I get the PR?
    The location of the business is near brisbane. Metro area.
    Could you please explain the procedure.
    Thank you

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  37. Manish

    Hi
    Just want to know the processing time of ens visa(direct entry) offshore as in had applied in November 2016 offshore.

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  38. Alan

    Hi Peng,
    Quick one:
    Is the employer obliged to pay the 186 nomination fee of $540?
    Sorting my budget here.
    Cheers Alan

    Reply
  39. Henry

    Hi Peng, I’m currently on a 457 visa (granted 2 years) and I’m intending to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) via the Direct Entry stream. I have a few questions that I hope you can help with:

    – For subclass 186, who pays for the cost of the visa application? Employer or employee? Reason is because while company is willing to sponsor, it needs budget approval from HQ (over in the US). I’m just wondering if there’s an option to make it easier for company to say ‘Yes’.

    – I understand for Direct Entry stream I’ll need to obtain a positive skills assessment. Do you also provide assistance with the skills assessment process?

    – Should I engage your service once I have a positive skills assessment + confirmed employer’s willingness & ability to sponsor?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Henry,
      Either the applicant or the employer can pay for the costs, or the costs can be split – there isn’t any regulations about who pays for these costs.
      Yes we can assist with a skill assessment application.
      You should confirm that the employer is willing to sponsor you first.
      PC

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