Employer Nominated Visas

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Title Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
Visa features Allows skilled workers to live in Australia permanently ​Allows skilled workers to live in Australia permanently by working in regional Australia. Allows skilled workers to work in a position that has been nominated by an approved sponsor.
Location In or outside Australia ​In or outside Australia In or outside Australia
Eligibility You must:

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer
  • are under 50 years of age, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or are under 45 years of age if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position
  • meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.
You must:

  • be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (anywhere except the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • are under 50 years of age, if you are applying under the Temporary Residence stream, or you are under 45 years of age if you are applying under the Direct Entry stream.
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements of the position
  • meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.
You must have the skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business.
Sponsor Not required – but you need to be nominated. ​Not required – but you need to be nominated Yes – by an approved business
Length of stay Permanently ​Permanently Up to four years
What you can do You can:

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible).
You can:

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible).

You must work permanently in a regional area for two years.

You can work in your nominated occupation.
Family you can include in your application Yes ​Yes ​Yes