Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
There are three pathways under the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
The Temporary Residence Transition is an option for applicants who have:
- worked with the employer on a 482 or TSS visa for the last 3 years
- an English level equivalent to IELTS 6
These applicants may need a skills assessment.
The Direct Entry Stream is an option for applicants who can:
- provide a formal skills assessment in their occupation
- show that they have worked in their occupation for three years
- have an English level equivalent to IELTS 6
The Agreement Stream is an option where the employer has a labour agreement. Labour agreements are negotiated with the Department of Immigration to fill specific skills shortages. These can take up to nine months to obtain. The three types of labour agreements are
- Template Agreements for specific industries
- Regional Migration Agreements for a specific locality
- Enterprise Migration Agreements for large-scale resource projects
Download our 186 Quick Reference Guide
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa ( subclass 494)
SESR (494) visa is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia to fulfil skills shortages. A successful SESR applicant must work in the approved position for three years to be able to apply for Permanent Residence ( Regional) visa (subclass 191) . It is possible to qualify for this scheme with at least three years prior work experience and positive skill assessment.
The conditions differ for regional Australia and employers sponsoring visa applicants in the regions can:
- qualify with lower skill levels
- sponsor an occupation listed in MLTSSL or ROL
Aside from these variations, the process and pathways for SESR applications are similar to the SC 482 and SC 186 in regards to the Nomination and Visa Application, however the first and most critical step for SC 494 is applying to Standard Business Sponsorship and the Regional Development Authority, a successful RDA application means the region has approved the need for the position. Regional Development Authorities criteria can be complex.
Download our 494 Quick Reference Guide
Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)
A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a regional, state or territory authority. It provides access to more overseas workers than the standard skilled migration program. DAMAs operate under an agreement-based framework, providing flexibility for regions to respond to their unique economic and labour market conditions.
DAMA is employer sponsored program and individuals need to have a sponsor/employer to apply for 482 labor agreement visa. Currently there are seven DAMAs in place: