There are two separate pathways or streams for the 187 visa. You can satisfy the requirements of either stream before applying for the 187 visa. The streams are called the Direct Entry stream, and the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The following requirements need to be satisfied by the primary visa applicant under both the Direct Entry and Temporary Residence Transition streams. Hence, these are common requirements which need to be satisfied by the primary visa applicant under either of these streams. In addition to these requirements, the primary visa applicant needs to satisfy the specific and different requirements that apply to the particular stream that the primary visa applicant is applying under – see below explanation:
Important: You will need to find an Australian business to sponsor you before you can proceed with your application. You cannot complete this employer sponsored visa independently without an Australian employer. As far as we are aware, you are unlikely to receive an invitation if you are trying to find an employer through the Department’s Expression of Interest database.
Please note that the above listed requirements are not the only requirements that the visa applicant and the employer/sponsor need to satisfy in order to obtain a 187 visa. The above only outlines the key requirements.
The following requirements apply to both the Direct Entry and Temporary Residence Transition nomination applications by the sponsoring business. Hence, these are common requirements which need to be satisfied for applications under either of these streams. In addition to these requirements, the sponsoring business needs to satisfy the specific and different requirements of the particular stream that the business is applying under – see below explanation:
Primary visa applicant requirements under Direct Entry stream:
*You are exempt from having to complete a skill assessment if you are a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizens) or Subclass 461 visa holder (relative of a New Zealand citizen) and you have worked in an eligible occupation for the same employer for at least 2 out of the last 3 years (excluding periods of unpaid leave).
You are also exempt from this skill assessment requirement if your employer sponsorship is any of the following:
Business nomination requirements under Direct Entry stream:
The following transitional arrangements only apply if you held a Primary 457 visa, or you were applying for a Primary 457 visa, on 18 April 2017:
Otherwise, all other primary applicants will need to satisfy the following requirements:
Primary visa applicant requirements under Temporary Residence Transition stream:
Business nomination requirements under Temporary Residence Transition stream:
Your sponsoring employer needs to demonstrate that the terms and conditions of your employment are no less favourable than the terms and conditions of employment that would be provided to an ‘equivalent Australian citizen or permanent resident’ (known as the ‘market rate’ requirement). This can be shown by providing a contract of an Australian citizen or permanent resident that is working in the same position and location as the role that you are nominated to perform for the purposes of the visa application.
Your employer may not have an Australian citizen or permanent resident that works as an employee in the same role and location as your nominated role.
If this is the case, then your employer can provide evidence of what the Australian market salary rate is for your nominated role and show that your salary is at least equal to the market rate. This is generally demonstrated by providing Australian market salary survey data. This data needs to be relevant to the nominated role and the location where you will be working (i.e. market salary data, such as Hays Salary Guides, will usually give specific data for various capital cities around Australia).
The sponsoring business needs to demonstrate that it has a genuine need for the nominated position. In assessing this requirement, the Department’s guidelines indicate that the following factors may be considered:
The supporting documents that a business needs to provide in order to demonstrate its genuine need for the nominated position will vary, depending on the nominated position/occupation and the nature of the sponsoring business’ operations.
If the business is sponsoring a Technical Sales Representatives nec (ANZSCO code: 225499), then the business may be able to provide the following to demonstrate its need to the nominated role:
You can only lodge an application using the Department’s online portal. You can only prepare the online visa application form once your nominating employer has at least started to prepare the nomination application for your role (which is also prepared using the online portal). This is because you need the nomination application TRN which will be issued to your employer once they have started to prepare the nomination application.
You can lodge your visa application once your sponsoring employer has lodged the business nomination application. You do not have to wait until the Department decides the business nomination application before you lodge your visa application, although you can wait if you wish. If you wait for nomination approval, then you must lodge your visa application within six months of the date that the business nomination application is approved.
After you have lodged the application, you can upload your relevant supporting documents via your Department Immiaccount. As part of the initial application, you do not need to submit any actual paper work or forms, unless the Department specifically asks for such documents.
Government lodgement fees
The below is just a list of the relevant government lodgement fees:
Department processing times (17 Oct 2018)
The Department’s processing time for the 187 nomination and visa applications increased significantly in 2017. The Department’s current processing times are approximately:
Direct entry stream: 18-20 months or potentially longer depending on the complexity of your application (we do note that the Department’s current processing time varies a lot at the moment. We do tend to find that applications by larger businesses are generally assessed with quicker processing times, perhaps due to the Department having less concerns with such applications in terms of the business’ need for the nominated role, and the business’ capacity to pay the proposed salary)
Temporary residency transition stream: 12-18 months or potentially longer depending on the complexity of your application
Please note that the above information is only providing estimated processing time information based on our recent experience, and actual processing times will vary for each individual application. Generally speaking, more complicated applications which may have issues satisfying the relevant legal requirements may take the Department longer to assess and decide.
Please also see Department website in relation to current processing time information:
|Stream||75 per cent of applications processed||90 per cent of applications processed|
|Temporary Residence Transition stream||15 months||16 months|
|Direct Entry stream||22 months||24 months|
Frequently asked questions
Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work that I completed under another visa like 485 and student visa?
Q: For the TRT stream, can I count work completed with a different employer?
Q: For the TRT stream, can I lodge my application before I complete 2 years of full-time work if I am close to completing 2 years?
A: No – you must satisfy the 2 year requirement at the time of application