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Nominated vs Sponsored

Jeanette Bosch


I don't want to jeopardize my plans for our life in Australia and therefore I am trying to determine the difference between a Nominated Visa and a Sponsored Visa.  The very fact that there is something called a 'Nominated' Visa indicates that there IS a difference.   Certainly I know that a Sponsored Visa costs the employer quite a lot of money and I don't want to put anyone in that situation.  


Is a Nominated Visa simply when a company/business is prepared to guarantee you work but you yourself must pay all the visa fees?


I would appreciate any advice that will help.     I'm thinking 186 Direct Entry.




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Hi Jeanette, I looked up three visa types quickly to see if I could find anything relevant https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-finder/compare-visas?&Id1=https://www.border.gov.au/visas/Pages/190-Skilled-Nominated.aspx&Id2=https://www.border.gov.au/visas/Pages/186-Employer-Nomination-Scheme.aspx&Id3=https://www.border.gov.au/visas/Pages/187-Regional-Sponsor-Migration-Scheme.aspx 


I have a suspicion that the 186 is for people who are already in Aus on some other work related visa? I might be wrong though, so please look it up very carefully.

From what I've just read I think Nominated means that someone, either a State or a Company has put your occupation on a list. Like the MLTSSL (used to be the SOL, Skilled Occupations List). There are different lists, state lists, national lists, regional lists. I think being Nominated means that your occupation is on a list.

Hold on for some more answers to your question, I'm sure other forumites are a bit more clued up on this than I am. (and also, go read everything you can about Permanent Residency visas on the Border website,  https://www.border.gov.au I know it's overwhelming, but if you are going to do your own visa application then you need to know how your visa works, not just have a vague idea, but actually know exactly how it will work for you)

Also, if you are unsure about what visa you should apply for, find out if you can book an initial appointment with a reputable migration agent to give you advice on this, and also explain how the application would work in your specific case. Many agents offer free initial consultations, or they charge only a small fee. It's well worth it to get yourself confidently set up on the correct path before you invest too much into it.

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Generally, a nominated visa is where your application is supported by a nomination either from a State ( subclass 190) or an employer (subclass 186). In either case, the application is strengthened by the nomination (rather than just relying on your own skill set like in a 189 Skilled Independent Visa).


There is a common misconception about what a  ‘sponsored’ visa means. No visa can be wholly sponsored by another person or entity. Depending on the visa, a family member can (or must) sponsor your application, but the sponsorship is only one element of the application, and your circumstances are also important factors. 


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