Employer Nomination Scheme
Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want
to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly,
nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the
nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.
This visa is a Permanent
Residence PR visa. You canbe in or outside
Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive
visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa
has three streams
The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for 457 visa
holders who have worked for 2 years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the
same occupation with their nominating employer who wants to offer them a
permanent position in that occupation.
qualify for ENS visa via Temporary
Residence Transition stream you must
- Hold a subclass 457 visa.
- Have worked for 2 years with your employer
while sponsored as the primary applicant on a subclass 457 visa, in the same
position as your employer has nominated you
for the subclass 186 visa.
- Have been successfully nominated by your
employer for a permanent position in your nominated occupation under this
stream within the 6 months prior to applying for the visa.
- Demonstrate that you have at least vocational
English unless you are holding a valid passport issued by the United
Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
- Be under 45 years of age unless you are exempt
from the age requirement.
- Meet health and character requirements
- At the time of applying, hold any mandatory
registration, license or professional
membership required for your occupation in the state where your nominated
position is located.
Advantages for an ENS visa through the TRT stream:
- You can achieve Australian permanent residence
through the Transitional Residence Stream without being formally qualified
in your occupation.
- You do not need a skills assessment in your
occupation for the Temporary Resident Transition stream.
The Direct Entry stream is for
applicants who have not worked on a 457 visa with their nominating employer for
two years but who are formally qualified in their occupation and have worked
for at least three years at a skill level
in their occupation and their occupation is on the CSOL.
To qualify for ENS visa via Direct Entry stream you must
- Have an occupation on the Consolidated Occupation List (CSOL)
- Have been successfully nominated by your employer for a permanent position in your nominated occupation under this stream in the 6 months prior to applying for the visa.
- Have at least 3 years of relevant work experience at a skill level in your nominated occupation.
- Have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation, which is not more than three years old.
- Demonstrate you have at least competent English (IELTS 6 or OET at least B) unless you’re Holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
- Be under 45 years of age unless you’re exempt from the age requirement.
- Meet health and character requirements.
- At the time of applying, hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership required for your occupation in the state where the nominated position is located.
for an ENS visa through the Direct Entry stream:
- You don’t have to spend two years with their employer on a 457 visa to qualify for an Employer Nominated (ENS) subclass 186 visa through the Direct Entry Stream.
- Provided you can obtain a positive skills assessment and you have three years post qualification experience, you can apply for the subclass 186 ENS Direct Entry visa straight away.
business can nominate a skilled worker for a subclass 186 permanent residence
business is actively and lawfully operating in Australia
business has a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
- The visa
applicant is offered a skilled position in the applicant’s occupation that is
full time and ongoing for at least two years
- The visa
applicant will be paid a market salary rate
nominating business complies with Australian immigration and workplace
- There is
no adverse information known about the business or anyone associated with the
business must meet the following training requirements:
business has been trading in Australia for more than 12 months, the business
must show it has contributed to the training of Australians. The business must
meet one of two benchmarks:
benchmark A: requires the expenditure
in the previous 12 months equal to at least 2 per cent of the payroll of the
business in payments to an industry training fund that operates in the same
industry as the business. OR
benchmark B: requires the expenditure
in the previous 12 months equal to at least 1 per cent of the payroll of the
business, in the provision of training to Australian resident employees of the
If the business has been operating for less than 12
months, the business must demonstrate that it has a training plan to meet one
of these training benchmarks.
The Labour Agreement stream
agreement is for applicants who are sponsored through a labor agreement. The labor
agreement must be negotiated with the Australian government prior the
nomination and visa applications are lodged. The agreement must explain why
overseas workers are required to fill the employer’s specific skill shortages,
and state how many workers are required.
The agreement also sets out the requirements that
applicants must fulfill age, skill and
English language criteria. Semi-skilled positions may be considered for
inclusion in the agreement.