There are 3 application pathways or streams for the Employer Nomination Scheme 186 visa. The 3 streams available are:
1) Temporary Residence Transition stream
This stream is available for Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders who:
- have worked for the sponsoring employer for at least 2 years in the same occupation with the same employer (there are some limited exemptions to this)
- can meet vocational English requirements unless you are exempt
- no skills assessment is required
2) Direct Entry stream
This is available for applicants who:
- have never, or only briefly worked in Australia
- hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream
- are applying directly from outside Australia or are inside Australia
- meet competent English requirements (unless exempted)
- meet the skills requirements
3) Agreement stream
This stream is only applicable if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement. The age, skills and English requirements will be stated in the labour agreement.
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