Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers who want to work in Australia under one of three streams:

There is a two-step process:

  1. Nomination Application: An approved Australian employer should make a nomination application.
  2. Visa Application: The employee will need to make a visa application under the nominated stream. The applicants may reside in or outside Australia when they apply. If the applicants are in Australia, they must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.

The Temporary Residence Transition stream: This stream is for subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa holders who have worked for two or three years in the same occupation with their nominating employer while holding a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa. The employer should have lodged a valid nomination under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, to offer a permanent position in that occupation.

The Direct Entry stream is for:

  • skilled workers who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
  • skilled workers who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
  • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

The Agreement stream is for skilled workers sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

To get this visa, you should:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
  • be younger than 45 years of age (unless you are exempt)
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements (unless you are exempt)
  • apply under the stream for which you were nominated.


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