Employer Nomination Scheme

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Permanent Sponsorship Visa Subclass 186

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Visa Subclass 186 Permanent Sponsorship

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa subclass 186 allows you to sponsor highly skilled overseas workers on a permanent term to fill vacancies within your business. The vacancies can be filled by either skilled workers from overseas or temporary residents who are already living and working in Australia such as 457/482 visa holders.

To nominate an overseas worker for a permanent sponsorship appointment you must meet the following:

  1. Be an actively and lawfully operating business in Australia,
  2. Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position without discriminating against Australian workers,
  3. Offer a skilled position in the nominated employee’s field that is full time and ongoing for at least two years and pay a market salary rate,
  4. Comply with Australian immigration and workplace relations laws, and
  5. There is no adverse information known about your business.

You must also nominate the overseas worker in one of the following three streams and meet the requirements for each stream:

  1. Temporary Residence Transition Stream: For employees who are existing 457/482 visa holders and have worked within your business for at least two years in the same nominated position as sponsored under the 457 visa or for at least three years under the 482 visas. 
  2. Direct Entry Stream: For highly skilled overseas workers, who are either from Australia or overseas who are in need to fill a position for a permanent appointment.
  3. Agreement Stream: For employees who are sponsored under an approved labour hire agreement through your business and a permanent appointment is available for them to fill.

Over the last 14 years IMMIGATE has assisted many Australian employers in various industries and of all sizes fill permanent positions through the visa subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme program for their skilled overseas workers. Our high success rate and reputation in specialising in sponsored work visas speak for itself. Contact us for a free assessment on the eligibility of your business for the Employee Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa program.

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