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. Samuel

    Hi Peng,
    I can see here: As the primary applicant, if you don’t have functional English language ability, then the SVAC is $8,520.
    Is this for ENS as well?
    Thank you

    Reply
  2. Preet

    Hi
    I have applied 186 TRT in march 2017 my English score is 5 in each from July 2017 we need 6 in each my question is that do i need 6 in each as well because my file is not open yet….

    Reply
  3. Manjit Singh

    Hi peng
    I have got my 186 trt nomination approved in wall and floor tiler-333411 anzesco. I have all the dics ready to apply for 186 visa. How long will take for visa grant if i apply this week. Nomination was lodged on 10 january 2017 and approved on 19 july 2017 .
    On the other hand in the mean time i have made all docs ready to lodge my 189 GSM visa application and got 60 points. Now i am in dilemma that whether to lodge 186 or 189 and which on will be quicker for my profession. I am worrying as i have already lost lot of money before as my previous 186 nomination was refused and eventually visa refused for a family of three.
    Please guide me, what you think
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      The processing time for your 186 visa application should be similar to the processing time for the nomination application – around 6-8 months.
      Processing time for the 189 visa should be quicker than the 186 visa if you are eligible and receive an invitation.
      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
  4. Elaine

    Hi Peng, I am currently on 457 visa, would like to know whether what are the under (ENS) Agreement Stream English requirements, due to the huge dramatic changes in July 2017 and plus in addition English requirements went up from 5 to 6 band score. Thanks!

    Reply
  5. owen

    Hi Peng,

    My 186 visa application was already lodge last May, and its already 2 months now. But suddenly, my company was declared bankruptcy, Is this can affect my application? because i just only awaiting for the decision.

    many Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      ​Hi Owen,
      Sorry but I don’t think that the Department can approve an employer sponsored visa if they find out that the business is bankrupt.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Keiko

    Hi Peng.
    I have a question about 186TRT.
    My friend is now on 457 visa and in Dec 2018, She is able to apply 186 TRT but she is wondering how long She needs to work for the same company to apply 186 visa as immigration officer has changed a lot of things. 2years or 3years??

    Reply
      1. Keiko

        Thank you for your reply but I wanted to ask that how many years She has to work for applying 186 TRT not after 186 is granted.

        Reply
  7. James

    Hello Peng,

    I lodge my nomination & visa on 23 Sep. 2016, My nomination approved 11 May 2017. DIBP asked more docs on 21 June 17. I submit on 26 June 17. Do you know still how long it takes to come final decision. My 457 visa will expired Next month.

    thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi James,
      Hopefully you’ll get a decision in the next few weeks.
      You should be able to remain here on your bridging visa if you’ve lodged a 457 visa already.
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
      Suggest that you contact DIBP if you would like to follow-up.
      PC

      Reply
  8. Rawe

    Hi Peng

    I lodged my 186 TRT(from 457 ) almost 2 months ago and Still quiet from Immi , and no call for medical check.

    Normally How long for immigration call for Go to Medical check?

    Please suggest.

    Reply
  9. Suk

    Hello Peng ,Is it still the requirement that owner must fulfill the training benchmark for 186 TRT ?As it is not seen in new 186 TRT requirement check list .There is no mention of training bench mark in recent upate 17/2017. Do we still need this .Confused please help

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Suk,
      Yes training benchmark requirement still applies for both 186 visa streams.
      PC

      Reply
  10. May

    Hi Peng,

    I am on 457 visa in small company as a Sales and Marketing Manager. My question is does caveats apply when applying for Ens186 visa?

    Appreciate

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      No for the Temporary residency transition stream, but yes this applies for the 186 direct entry stream.
      PC

      Reply
  11. Sandy

    Hi sorry to bother you again just want to confirm one thing is that is the immigration accepting if we pay the training allowance now to tafe because we forgot to pay in the nomination year. They have been accepting it in the past. I know it is hard for you to tell the exact details but any information will help us. Can you please reply back asap because we need to decide if we want to go ahead or not.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      That would be up to your case officer to decide as this is a discretionary decision.
      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
  12. Sandy

    Hi
    We have a small over with a turnover of about 1, 20,000. We nominated someone in 2014 he has been working for us on a 457 for the last 3 years. He would really like to nominate him and lodge 186 because we want to grow our business. What are our chances of getting the nomination approved. Want to lodge the application in before the 30th because he only has 5 each in his Ilets test

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sandy,
      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
  13. Syed

    Hi Peng,

    I have already lodged my PR application (ENS 186) in Dec 2016 and have heard nothing from DIBP yet. I have added my wife and children in the PR application but as the processing time is too long approx 8 months, can I bring them on a visit visa to Australia ? My wife already has 457 dependent visa but my children don’t as they were born last year.

    I came to know that if I apply a visit visa that will get rejected as DIBP would suggest to bring them on 457 visa instead.

    I have compared the fees and it is too expensive to bring them on a 457 visa (1400$) whereas a visit visa would cost me around (300$ just for children). Can you please provide me some suggestions here ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Syed

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Syed,
      Sorry I haven’t tried a visitor visa in this situation. You would give this a try if you wish – I don’t think that refusal would affect your permanent residency application.
      PC

      Reply
  14. karolina

    Hi Peng
    I would like to ask .. My partner is a chef , he has been working for the same company for 4years ( 3years part time 1 year full time ) he has got his cert 3 and 4 in cookery (last year -RPL) . Company offered him sponsorship and we were about to apply for 187 visa as we live in Perth. But unfortunately RSMS visa are gone for Perth and even the WASMOL has been changed so there is no any more cook or chef,, anyway I would like to ask if is there any chance to apply for visa 186. Thank you very much for your time

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Karolina,
      Cook and Chef are eligible under the 186 visa direct entry stream.
      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
  15. Ricardo Novais

    Hi Peng,

    My boss told me he will give me a sponsorship ENS 186. I saw that I need to have 3 years of experience after qualification, is there any exception to that? Because my skill assessment says I have 2 and a half years of experience after qualification, but it also says that my skills have been assessed to be suitable for migration under 261312 (Developer Programmer) of the ANZSCO Code.

    Many thanks.

    Regards,
    Ricardo.

    Reply
  16. Suman

    Hi Peng,
    I applied my 186 visa & Nomination in 23 September 2017, my nomination application approved 11 of May. May i know how long it takes to get visa ? Its already been more nearly 9 months.

    thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Suman,
      Hopefully you’ll get a decision in the next few weeks.
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
      Suggest that you contact DIBP if you would like to follow-up.
      PC

      Reply
  17. Van

    Hi Peng
    I applied for 186 Direct Entery Stream, (Minister of Religion) but we went through Labor Agreement Process which was approved last September.
    My questions: Am I Agreement Stream?
    How safe is the visa result after getting the Approval of Nomination?

    Once again, thank you so much for the web and your tine. May I say “God bless you”.

    With best wishes

    Van

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Van,
      You need to use the same stream as the nomination application.
      Department can approve your visa if you satisfy the relevant visa requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Cherry

    Hello Peng, is ENS direct stream doable in New South Wales for a Residential Care Officer? I have been working as nurse with a cert3 and cert4 in Aged Care qualification for 5 years now while having student visa. I am about to lodge for a skills assessment for RCO. With the intention of looking for sponsors for RSMS at Tasmania.

    But I would like to try ENS direct stream in NSW if I can since I am already living here for 5 years.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  19. Gaurav

    Hi Peng,

    If I may ask on what basis does Australian immigration decides that an occupation is part time or full time? My friend recently got his nomination application rejected stating ‘ the developer programmer position seems to be not a full time position’ . But my friend has worked for 35 hours per week on contract basis.

    Thanks & regards,
    Gaurav

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gaurav,
      Department may have an issue with the size of that business, or its turnover. Department
      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
  20. Vicky

    Hi,

    I started working for my current employer in December 2015 on a 417 visa. My 457 visa was approved in July 2016. I have been working in the same role throughout.

    Please can you confirm the earliest possible date I can apply for the employer sponsored 186 visa?

    Can I apply for the Direct Entry visa option before March 2018, if I have worked with my employer for over two years (in December 2017) but wouldn’t have held my 457 visa for two years by then?

    Thanks a lot

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vicky,
      Please see above post for direct entry stream requirements – you can go ahead with your application once you satisfy the requirements for this stream.
      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
  21. Atindr

    Hi I m on 457 visa and my 2 years completed in may 2017 , so I want to apply for my 186 visa and my question is after July do I need 6 each in ielts to apply for 186 TRT stream Pls help thx

    Reply
  22. Adolfo Gordon

    Hello Peng
    With the change on 457 visas in April also came a change for 186 visas
    I understand that the jobs removed from the 457 visa can’t no longer apply to 186 visa, even if you already have 2 or more years working in the position removed from the list, although, looks like only affects the Direct Entry System and not the Temporary Residence Transition
    I work in telecommunications, and the position Telecommunications Technician 342414 is no longer on the list, but my visa was granted as Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist, 313214. Was granted on April 2015 and I already have more than 2 years working with the company
    This position is on the list of eligible skilled occupations
    I understand that the process for the 186 visa will be smooth or it will be affected?
    What do you think
    Thank you very much for your help
    Have a great weekend!

    Reply
  23. Roberto Boi

    Hi Peng,

    Great website and article!

    I have a question.

    I got sponsored in August 2015 with my Employer as Marketing Specialist but I left the business after 18 months (the visa was approved for 18 months)

    February 23rd: Sponsorship application lodged with another business (same position – Marketing Specialist).

    End of March: The SBS got approved end of March.

    April 13th: The DIPB asked more information and documentation regarding the nomination.

    April 19th: The government put Marketing specialist into the Short Term List and added caveats to my position (the only one we can’t match at the moment is the 1 MIL turnover, it will be reached next financial year.

    We are still waiting for the DIPB to take a decision and I don’t think they will give us an answer before July 1st.

    My questions are the following:

    I have 9 year of experience (2 in Australia) in my position as Marketing Specialist (but also Sales and Marketing Manager and Advertising specialist), I have IELTS 6.5 average (nothing below 6).

    Am I still eligible, in case the visa gets approved, for the 186 ENS?

    Is there any other way i can get the 186 under another stream (it’s just not really clear)?

    I don’t think my position will be removed from the Short Term list but obviously we can’t predict the future.

    Looking forward to hear your advice (I’m happy to pay a consultation if you can’t give me too much information here, I understand you are a Lawyer).

    Kind regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Roberto,
      You need a VETASSESS skill assessment for the direct entry stream – see above post for visa requirements.
      The caveat requirements only apply to the 457 visa, so these don’t apply to the 186.
      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
  24. ROY BONGOT

    Hi Peng,

    I have my second 457 visa with same employer and I have been working more than 6 years in the company.
    Regarding English requirement if i will lodge my 186 visa for permanent residency before July 2017 am I covered with the July 2017 changed specifically English Requirement and age requirement . My occupation is Electrical Engineering
    Technician and I have finished my 5years course Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in my country . I would
    like to know if i still need to take the IELTS exam . Please advise .

    Thanks & Kind Regards,

    Roy B.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Roy,
      Sorry I’m not sure – we’ll need to wait for the government to release details for the relevant law to determine if these changes will apply to pending applications.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Kate

    Hi Peng,
    Awesome blog!
    My employee is currently going through the 186 visa application. It has been lodged for 4 months already. She has already worked for us for over 2 years on a 456 visa.
    She has now advised that she is pregnant.(she is around 4 month pregnant)
    How does this effect her visa application? She is planning on going on leave around the time her decision is due. Once on parental leave (she will take the full year) is she still considered the same as if she was an employee?
    I would like to sell my business but have been waiting till her application was granted, wondering if I can sell while she is on maternity leave
    Thanks so much for your help!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kate,
      How does this effect her visa application? Department may hold off on deciding the application until the kid is born and is added to visa application.
      Once on parental leave (she will take the full year) is she still considered the same as if she was an employee? Sorry this isn’t a migration law issue.
      I would like to sell my business but have been waiting till her application was granted, wondering if I can sell while she is on maternity leave. This could affect the 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 options.
      PC

      Reply
  26. Van

    Hi Peng
    I am with Agreement Stream. Nomination approved on 39 March 2017. But waiting for the final result. How long will it takes normally according to your experience? Thanks for the web.

    Van

    Reply
      1. Van

        Hi
        Peng
        Thanks for prompt reply.
        We submitted together; Nomination and Application on 9 Nov 2016. Nomination approved on 29 of March but no news of my 186 Visa.
        Is it ok to submit together?
        Ban

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Yes you are allowed to lodge the nomination and visa applications at the same time.
          PC

          Reply
  27. Pilar

    Hi Peng,

    I am currently on 457 visa and I am about to apply for 189 visa. I would like to add my girlfriend on my application as a defacto. She is currently on tourist visa.

    -Do you think is possible to add her?
    -If so and in case we get bridging visa, will she have the conditions of the visa before (tourist visa), or it’s allow for her to work?
    Thank you in advance for your time.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Regards,

    Pilar

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      She would need to check to see if her visitor visa has this condition which prevents further onshore visa applications: https://www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/52b-nfc
      She would need to satisfy the requirements to be included as your de-facto partner.
      Yes she would get a bridging visa with work rights if she is included in your 189 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
  28. Nelson

    Hi Peng,
    I have a few questions about the ENS direct entry.
    My wife is under the 457 as a restaurant manager, moved to the short list. She already talked to her bosses about her situation, if they can nominate her for the Direct Entry, and they said that they can, if the lawyer says that she has everything to be nominated.
    I already checked everything before, and she has everything, but she still has to do the skills assessment.
    My questions are:
    -Is there any chance of the position of Restaurant Manager be removed from the STSOL list after July 1st??? Because with that, I think should be impossible to apply for the Direct Entry (correct me, if I`m wrong)
    -Is it possible to lodge an aplication without all the documents (skills assessment, health exams)??? We are trying to apply for this before July 1st, avoiding unexpected changes on the list…
    -If they removed the position from the STSOL list, is it the new list is valid at the same day, or do we have more time to do the application???

    Just to inform, she already has the IELTS 6 each band, work experience (previous 3 years, and 1 year post qualifciation job under the employer which sponsored her) and all the diplomas and certificates she needs for the skills assessments.
    Any tip would help us a lot.
    Thanks for your time.
    -Nelson

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Nelson,
      -Is there any chance of the position of Restaurant Manager be removed from the STSOL list after July 1st? I don’t think so that this is just my opinion – up to the government and their assessment of employment data.
      -Is it possible to lodge an aplication without all the documents (skills assessment, health exams)? You need skill assessment at the time that you lodge – see visa requirements for what you need to satisfy at time of application.
      -If they removed the position from the STSOL list, is it the new list is valid at the same day, or do we have more time to do the application? I’m assume that this would be immediately effective.
      PC

      Reply
  29. Hasan

    Hi Peng,

    I m currently on 457 visa in regional area as a chef . Finished my 2 years and now I will apply employer-sponsored Permanent Resident (PR) in June . Should I apply ens visa or rsms visa via Temporary Residence Transition stream ? Which one do u think is safe and quick.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hasan,
      Processing time for RSMS might be a bit quicker, but ENS and RSMS processing times are similar.
      Nomination and visa requirements are also similar for the 2 year stream.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Simon

    Hi Peng,
    I’m currently in 457 visa, i worked in the same position for more then 2 years, and same employer off course.
    Can I still apply for 186 ENS visa? Note: my position has been move in the short term list.
    If yes i will apply in the next weeks. Can I still apply?
    Best regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Simon,
      Based on the current law you can apply under the TRT stream after 2 years of work as a 457 visa holder.
      PC

      Reply
  31. ravneet

    hi peng
    I applied 457 on new business they grant my visa for 18 months on june 2015, and oct 2016 I applied for extend my visa so m on bridging visa A at the moment but my 2 years will complete next month so m I eligible to apply ENS while am on bridging visa A cause I complete 2 years with same employer or I have to wait for visa get approved
    thanks
    regards

    Reply
  32. Robon

    Hi Peng,
    I got my 457 visa on 13th May 2016,in hotel Manager.For TRT stream I can only apply PR in May 2018.
    Due to this change in rule by DIAC,is that true there is no option for TRT after March 2018 for me in Hotel Manager?
    Thanks heaps

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Robon,
      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
  33. Monique Orendain

    Hi I would just like to know is the cost for the ENS 186 visa for the employer is just the 540$, or does the employer have to pay for my visa costs as well? I mean when they make the nomination, does it mean that they will pay for visa costs as well? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Monique,
      There is no legal obligation on the employer to pay for the visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  34. Juan

    Hi Peng,

    Do you know perhaps if with these new Visa changes, on 1 July 2017 , will the Short-Term Skills occupation List have occupations added or removed? According to the new legislation, the government plan to review this list every 6 months, but I am not sure if this means that on 1st of July there will be changes on this skilled list or if the 6 month review begins after 1st of July 2017.

    Thanks

    Juan.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Sorry Juan but I can’t predict the actions of this government. List changes should be based on government assessment of industry/employment data.
      PC

      Reply
  35. Darren

    Hi Peng,

    Can you advise if the imminent English Language changes to the 186 Visa (TRT Stream) from “vocational” to “competent” will affect only the primary visa applicant or will this also be required by any secondary applicants too?

    I know currently this only requires “functional” but cannot find any definitive information on whether or not this will be changed also.

    Thanks again for you time.

    Reply
  36. Ben

    Hi Peng,

    My sponsorship for ENS 186 has been approved and I have applied to the immigration under this scheme. What are the implications on my application if I change my job (organisation) but the occupation is the same? Can I do that?

    Reply
  37. Sourabh

    Hi peng,i have some questions related to sponsorship i am working as a intern chef in canberra and my company is ready to give me sponsorship but i have only bachelors in hospitality from my country and 4years 6 month work experience of culinary.so i am eligible to apply for 186 or 187 visa.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sourabh,
      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
  38. Matt

    Hi Peng,

    Thanks for the post.

    I’m able to apply for my PR in October. I’ve worked for the same company, doing the same role working in the same field same Nominated Occupation.
    But my job title has changed within the two year time frame. Is this going to affect me obtain PR?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Matt,
      This won’t affect your eligibility if you just changed your role title.
      PC

      Reply
  39. ben

    Hi peng,I applied rsms visa in march 2016,my nomination has been approved and now case officer asked for SVAC (second visa application fee )…for my husband ,could you please tell me the cgances of visa outcome.i am offsho5and so worried about it….please let me know i will be great thankful to you. ….

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Department should approve your visa applications shortly after you pay the requested SVAC.
      PC

      Reply
  40. Sue

    hi peng

    just want to confirm that i currently on 457 visa and apply for 186 ENS (Temporary Residence Transition stream) last year 20 july 2016. still waiting for case officer allocated to my file.
    from same company which i used to work my another friend lodge his visa 25 oct 2016 he got his case officer 3 may 2017 his visa and nomination is approved on 10may 2017.

    why its like that ?
    why they r not processing july applications first?
    any idea how long it will take to make the decision on my application.

    Really Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sue,
      Processing time can be affected by a number of factors including risk according to passport, health issues, character issues or other visa eligibility issues.
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
      PC

      Reply

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