The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 is a Permanent Residency visa for a person to live and work in Australia permanently and has been offered a permanent position within a business in Australia.
Benefits of the ENS visa
- Permanent Residency visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely
- Work and Study in Australia
- Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s health care scheme
- Apply for Australian Citizenship (subject to eligibility criteria)
- Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency (subject to eligibility criteria)
There are three entry streams for Permanent Residence under the ENS:
- Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS) is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for their employer for 2 years and whose employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
- The Direct Entry stream is for prospective employees who have not held a subclass 457 visa for atleast 2 years, or who are applying directly from overseas.
- The Agreements stream is for prospective employees who are being sponsored by an employer through a negotiated Labour Agreement or Regional Migration Agreement.
There are two steps to the ENS Application Process:
STEP 1: EMPLOYER SUBMITS NOMINATION
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection must be satisfied that the employer:
- Is actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia
- Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position
- Compliant with relevant Training Benchmarks
- Offer a skilled position that is full time and ongoing for at least 2 years
- Pay a market salary rate
- has no adverse business information
STEP 2: EMPLOYEE SUBMITS VISA APPLICATION
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection must be satisfied that the employee:
- has been nominated by their employer within 6 months of applying
- is under the age of 50 (certain exemptions apply)
- have the required skills and qualifications for the position
- Meet English, health and character requirements