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When can I apply for my 186 visa?


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Old 05-23-2014, 10:55 AM
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Question When can I apply for my 186 visa?

Hi there,

I have a couple questions regarding my visa and I hope can maybe help me with this:


1. I have started working for my current employer in January 2013 on a working holiday visa. I got my 457 visa in June 2013. The immigration website tells me that I have to be 2 years with my employer to be able to apply for a subclass 186 visa. Is it correct that can apply for it then in January as I complete my 2 years by then?

2. As I know that I have to wait some months for the 186 visa, is it possible to become nominated by my employer before the 2 years are completed? Let's say my 2 years with them will be completed on the 9th of January 2015. Could they already nominate me in November 2014?

Thanks for your help in advance!


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Old 05-23-2014, 08:50 PM
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If you apply under the Direct Entry Stream, you and your employer can apply at any time however there are additional steps under that stream (skills assessment, prior experience)

If you plan to apply under the Temporary Resident Transition stream, then you have to have worked for your employer under the 457 for 2 years, which means you and your employer can't submit the applications until June 2015. They can't submit the nomination until after you've completed 2 years on the 457.

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