General Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored Visa


Comparison  between 186, 187, 189, 190 and 489 visa subclasses

186

187

189

190

489

Employer Nomination Scheme

Regional sponsored visa

Skilled Independent visa

Skilled Nominated Visa

Skilled Regional provisional visa

Need an employer to sponsor and nominate

Need an employer to sponsor and nominate

No sponsor/ Nominator

Nominated by state/ territory or sponsored by eligible relative

Nominated by state/ territory or sponsored by eligible relative

Permanent visa

Permanent visa

Permanent visa

Permanent visa

Temporary stay up to four years



Points tested stream

Points tested stream

Points tested stream

Under 45 years of age

Under 45 years of age

Under 45 years of age

Under 45 years of age

Under 45 years of age


Employer has to be in the regional area



The sponsor must be resided in the regional area or nominated by the regional area

Two streams:

  • Direct Entry
  • Temporary Residence Transition

Two streams:

  • Direct Entry
  • Temporary Residence Transition

Two streams:

  • Points Tested
  • New Zealand Stream


Three streams:

  • Invited Pathway
  • Extended Stay pathway
  • Subsequent Entry Pathway

Need to lodge nomination and visa application

Need to lodge nomination and visa application

Submit Expression of Interest and after receiving the invitation, apply for the visa

Submit Expression of Interest and after receiving the invitation, apply for the visa

Submit Expression of Interest and after receiving the invitation, apply for the visa

Occupation must be listed on the 186 occupation list

Occupation must be listed on the 187 occupation list

Occupation must be listed on the 189 occupation list and have a score of 65 points to lodge EOI

Occupation must be listed on the 190 occupation list and have a score of 65 points to lodge EOI – Check the relevant state/ territory website

Occupation must be listed on the 489 occupation list and have a score of 65 points to lodge EOI – Check the relevant state/ territory website




Can claim 5 points if the occupation is nominated by the state/ territory or sponsored by an eligible relative

Can claim 10 points if the occupation is nominated by the regional area or sponsored by an eligible relative