Available Streams for 186 and 187 Visa

186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa is available for positions located anywhere in Australia.

187 Reginal Sponsored Migration Scheme visa is available for positions located in regional Australia only (IMMI 17/059) - see below:





All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory


(Excluding Sydney Newcastle and Wollongong)

2250 to 2251

2256 to 2263

2311 to 2312

2328 to 2411


2420 to 2490

2536 to 2551

2575 to 2594

2618 to 2739

2787 to 2898


All postcodes in Norfolk Island


All postcodes in the Northern Territory


(Excluding the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast)

4124 to 4125



4270 to 4272





4307 to 4499


4517 to 4519

4522 to 4899


All postcodes in South Australia


All postcodes in Tasmania


(Excluding Melbourne metropolitan area)

3211 to 3334

3340 to 3424

3430 to 3649

3658 to 3749






3778 to 3781




3816 to 3909

3921 to 3925

3945 to 3974


3981 to 3996


(Excluding Perth metropolitan area)

6041 to 6044

6083 to 6084

6121 to 6126

6200 to 6799



Permanent 186 or 187 visa can be applied for in three streams:

Direct Entry Stream – for applicants who are seeking permanent residence through a nomination by an Australian employer and who usually are not currently being sponsored for 457 visa (although this option is not excluded)

Temporary Residence Transition Stream – for persons who have already been sponsored for employment by an Australian employer on 457 temporary visas and who are now seeking permanent residence through a nomination by the same employer

Labour Agreement Stream – for applicants who are nominated for permanent residence under a Labour Agreement (usually low or semi-skilled occupations)

Basic Requirements - 186 and 187 Visa

An Australian emplyer:

  • must be actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia
  • must have a genuine need to employ the nominated person as a paid employee under the nominator's direct control
  • must have a satisfactory record of compliance with Australia’s immigration and industrial relation laws
  • must enter into a contract for full time employment (at least two years contract) with the nominated employee
  • must employ the nominee on the same condition as other Australian employees working in the equivalent position and at the same workplace in the same location

The nominated overseas worker:

  • may be in or outside Australia
  • the applicant has competent English unless exempted
  • if they are in Australia, they must have an eligible visa
  • must be qualified for any mandatory licensing, registration or membership requirements for the nominated occupation in the relevant state/territory or under the federal law
  • must meet generic requirements eg. health requirements and be of a good character

Direct Entry Stream 186 and 187 Visa

  • the nominated position is within the nominator’s own business and not in an on-hired business
  • the applicant must be aged under 45 at time of application unless exempted


  • the nominated occupation must be on the MLTSSL or STSOL list
  • the applicant's qualifications must have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority to be suitable for the nominated occupation unless exempted
  • the applicant must have worked full-time in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years
  • the Australian employer must meet requirements for a specified training benchmark of Australian employees (incl. Australian perm.residents)


  • the position must be in regional Australia
  • a relevant Regional Certifying Body has endorsed the nomination
  • the nominated occupation must be on RSMS list (basically ANZSCO level 1,2 or 3)
  • the skills and qualifications of the applicant:
    • for some occupations (usually trade occupations) - if the nominee’s qualifications were obtained outside Australia, a relevant skills assessing authority must have assessed the nominee’s qualifications to be suitable for that occupation unless exempted otherwise
    • they must demonstrate that they have qualifications listed in ANZSCO as being necessary to perform the tasks of the occupation

Temporary Residence Transition Stream 186 and 187 Visa

  • the nominator must have met the training requirements for the purpose of approval as a standard business sponsor under the 457 program.
  • the visa applicant must be a person who already holds a 457 visa on the basis of having been sponsored by the Australian employer wishing to nominate them for 186/187 visa (the nominating business to be the same standard business sponsor which sponsored the visa applicant for 457 visa)
  • the occupation for which the visa applicant is nominated should be closely related to that which the nominee has been performing in Australia
  • the nominated employee was working full time (unless exempted eg. a medical practitioner) on 457 visa for at least 2 years (in the period of 3 years immediately before the nomination)
  • the applicant must be aged under 50 at time of application unless exempted

Agreement Stream 186 and 187 Visa

  • the nomination must be in accordance with a labour agreement
  • requirements of the labour agreement must be met in relation to the application
  • the nominee has qualifications, experience and other attributes which are suitable to the nominated position

186 and 187 Visa - Application Charges

  186 Direct Entry 186 Temporary Residence Transition 187 Direct Entry 187 Temporary Residence Transition
Nomination Application fee   $540  $540  $0 $0
Base Visa Application charge to DIBP  $3,670  $3,670  $3,670  $3,670
 OZ HOME MIGRATION Standard Professional Fees - nomination application  $3,000  $3,200  $3,500  $3,200
 OZ HOME MIGRATION Standard Professional Fees - visa application  $2,800  $2,300  $2,500  $2,300

OZ HOME MIGRATION charges may vary depending on the complexity of each case.

All information valid as at 26/07/2017 - OZ HOME MIGRATION does not guarantee all information on this web page is correct.. 

186/187 CHANGES 19 APRIL 2017!!!

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