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Hi guys, 

I'm trying to find out some information on applying for PR, I'm currently on a 457 via and now allowed to apply for a 186 Visa, 

If there are any good posts in this forum please point them out as I can't find them and hate to be that person which posts up a topic which has already been spoken about, 

My company is allowing me to apply for PR, the visa is called Permanent Employer Sponsored or Nominated Visa 186 on the ImmiAccount website, 

I will be applying for the visa by myself and not going through an agency, but the agency is working with my company on their end for the process, 

I'm just trying to find the documentation I need to gather or advice to get my application in place,

So far this is the information I need to gather

Medical Examination (X-Ray, AIDS, etc) has to be completed by Bupa
A criminal background check by Australian Police Service
A criminal background check by home country Police Service 
Identity Documents (passport, driving license)

Skills and qualifications (degree papers)

CV, employer references

ID (scanned photos, bankstatments)

I'm under 40 and single, Britsh so I believe the rest of the requirements don't matter for me (such as English language documents, partner, dependents, etc)   

Is there anything I am missing or advice I might need?

I would appreciate any help, 

Please let me know if you have any questions if I have made a mistake, 


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All I can add is;

  1. Your profession must still be on the listed/approved skills list.
  2. You must also get a formal independant skills assessment report and score, regardless of your qualifications or institution.




Makes me sick, in the fact that I must include a disclaimer. All opinions, advice and comments expressed by me are of my own personal opinion, and not that of a Immigration Agent, Lawyer, or related professional. They are given in the spirit intended, as an independant contributor, to a public forum. No implied, or expressed guarantee or undertaking as to accuracy or relevance is given.


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Thanks a lot, AussieDude, 

I will look into the skills assessment report as not sure where to get this done, I wasn't under the impression I had to get this as I have A levels and a degree in IT but thanks for the heads up. 

My profession is still on the skills list as I work in IT, 

Thanks man!

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Hi All,

I am also trying to apply for 186 Direct Entry stream.

Right now I am on dependent student visa (500) and working in a company. Now, I have convinced my employer to nominate me so that I can apply for 186 visa. But I need to tell them how to apply ( required docs and process). I have gone through the requirements but not sure how to prove AMSR as I have a unique use case.

I have joined this new company with a lower salary ( more than TSMIT ) than my previous company with exchange of additional % of product equity.

Can someone suggest what can I do in this situation ?

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Hi guys, 

I've just been granted my 186 Visa 🔥 

I didn't get much of a response to my questions but I wanted to post one more time with my whole process as it might help someone like me looking for answers in the future! 

My company nominated me for PR - The role I was sponsored under was 'ICT Sales Representative' - They gave me the option to go through their immigration lawyer or do the process myself. Now, after doing my research I was quoted by 3 different lawyers and all quoted around $3,500-$5,000 AUD so I decided I would fill it all out myself. My visa took 4 months to come through (I was hearing stories of 12+ months but at the present time I heard the Australian Government were pushing them through. So, doing it yourself or going through a lawyer doesn't impact the time of approval) 

Visa costs:

  • 186 Visa = $4,045
  • UK Police Background Check = $90 (45 pound)
  • AUS Police Background Check = $42 
  • UK Birth Certificate = $28 (14 pound) 
  • Medical (X-Ray, HIV Test, Examination) = $371.20 

Documents Uploaded:

  • Employer/Company Contract
  • Birth Certificate
  • CV
  • Degree & A-Levels
  • Passport 
  • Passport Photo
  • UK Driving License
  • Reference - Letter headed paper from a previous employee with my job title, role, and dates employed. 

My background is I'm a white British male in my 30's with an ICT degree. I didn't have to complete an English test for my visa. 

When filling out the form you have to put in a whole lot of information about yourself (example - do you have a criminal record, etc). You will also need to fill out your work experience and all the countries you have traveled. Now, don't worry too much about putting in the exact dates as they are just monitoring you ain't been to countries like Syria, etc. I've been to a hell of a lot of countries and just tried to get as close entry and deport as possible. The same with your work experience with the dates you started and finished. All these dates don't have to be 100% bang on!  If you wish you can put work experience and holiday dates on a spreadsheet and upload them or there is a page in the form for both of these to put in your information. 

In the beginning part of the form, you can put in your details for your driving license and DOB but there is nowhere to upload a picture and this freaked me out for a bit as I knew I would have to upload these, so at the end of you filling out all your information, when you click next to everything is correct, it takes you to another page saying "hey, upload anything here towards your case blah blah" so here is where you can upload your passport photo, etc, and you are allowed to go back edit, change things, upload, etc through this whole process. 

Now, depending on your processing times I've heard people wait till their case is being assessed until they go for their medical and upload it, I did my medical straight away and uploaded it but a word of warning, if your application goes over 6 months you will have to do your medical again. 

I wanted around 4 months which is great as I know people who had to wait over a year. I just got an email through with confirmation of it being granted. I would suggest signing up Facebook forums as well like Poms in Australia, etc.

So here I am, paying it forward, I hope this helps! 

Peace out! 

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Thanks for taking the time to write out the process! Congrats on your visa. 

I have a couple of questions...


What is the minimum amount time you have to work for the employer sponsoring you?


Does the time start from when you are first employed, application submitted or visa granted?


Is your UK Reciprocal Medicare card still valid?





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