This is a permanent visa – it lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.
You become a permanent resident on the day the visa is granted.
Your permanent residency for citizenship purposes starts:
For this Subclass 186 visa, your family members are:
You can also include someone who holds a subclass 457 visa or subclass 482 visa if the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs granted them that visa on the basis that they are a member of your family.
Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the Department of Home Affairs health and character requirements.
Family members who do not apply for the visa with you might also have to meet the requirements.
The visa costs A$ 4045 for the main applicant plus additional charges for each family member who applies for the visa with you.
You will need to pay an extra charge called a second instalment for any family member aged 18 years or older who:
The second instalment for family members who apply for the visa with you is AUD4890.
If you need to pay the second instalment for a family member, the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will send you an invoice after you have met all other requirements for the visa.
You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator at the Department of Home Affairs website. The estimator does not consider the second instalment or other costs.
You can apply for this visa from in or outside Australia. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a related bridging visa A, B or C.
If your substantive visa has a no further stay condition, you might still be able to lodge an application in Australia in certain circumstances.
You can be in or outside Australia when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your application.
Your application can take longer to process if:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge.
Applications lodged with all necessary supporting documents (‘complete applications’) can generally be processed more quickly.
You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs expect that you will work for your nominating employer for at least 2 years.
You agree to begin your employment within 6 months of:
From the date you are granted this visa, you can travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.
After that period, you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
If you leave Australia after the expiry date of your travel facility, without being granted another permanent visa with a valid travel facility, for example a Resident Return (RRV), you might not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident.
Australian visas are digital. You will not get a label in your passport
Have an eligible occupation
Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
Have relevant work experience
Unless exempt, most applicants need to have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their occupation.
Applicants who are exempt from the skills assessment requirement are also exempt from the work experience requirement.
Licensing, registration or membership
You must be licensed, registered or a member of a professional body if it is mandatory in the state or territory you intend to work in.
Have a positive skills assessment
Most applicants need to have a skills assessment that shows they have the skills to work in the nominated position. Learn more about skills assessments.
You are exempt from having a skills assessment if you:
You must be nominated by an Australian employer whose business is actively and lawfully operating.
You must apply for the visa within 6 months of the nomination being approved.
Find out if your employer is eligible to nominate you.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t grant you a visa if:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t link a new nomination to your existing visa application. If this happens one possible option is to withdraw your first visa application and submit a new visa application in relation to the new nomination.
You might be eligible for a refund of the visa application charge depending on the circumstances.
Usually, you must be under 45 years of age when you apply.
You are exempt from this age criteria if any of the following applies to you:
You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the department of Home Affairs health requirement. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might ask for health information about family not coming to Australia with you.
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet The department of Home Affairs character requirement. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might ask for character information about family not coming to Australia with you.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:
Have this level of English language
You must have at least competent English to be granted this stream of the visa.
Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
Get a skills assessment if you need to. The assessment will prove you have the right skills and qualifications to do your job.
Make sure your English test results are current for this visa. Have English exams if necessary.
You need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until after you apply.
You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you want to, see how to find a registered migration agent.
Make sure your employer has submitted a nomination application. They will receive a nomination Transaction Reference Number (TRN) when they do.
Ask your employer for the TRN. You need it to apply for the visa.
Criminal and civil penalties can be applied to anyone who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in exchange for visa sponsorship. Learn more about work visa scams.