A NOMINATION FROM AN APPROVED AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYER IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE sc186 Visa. Only online applications are accepted and may be made onshore or offshore. The visa may be granted wherever the applicant is (excluding detention). Applications involve a two-step process: firstly, a nomination application must be lodged. Secondly – after the department’s system detects a valid nomination application – a visa application may be lodged under one of the 3 streams: Temporary Residence Transition (sc457); Direct Entry or Labour Agreement.
Skills assessment is not required for the sc457 Transition Stream but may be required for the others. Family members can be included in this visa but must be included at the time of the application or in limited circumstance after the application is made but before the department’s decision. This visa has a high processing priority of between 6 and 12 months – more or less, depending on the quality of the application and the issues involved.
This stream is for sc457 visa holders who have worked for their employer:
*Note the following cannot be counted toward the 2 year requirement:
The key requirements for this stream include the following:
At the time of application, the applicant must have vocational English or have been a person in any of the three classes of persons specified in the 186.222(b) legislative instrument, namely:
At May 2015 the following Government Visa Application Charges apply:
If you are an employer or a company we offer corporate rates. This is reserved for companies with multiple-employee processing needs. It is best for your company representative to discuss this with us directly.