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Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers with a business located anywhere in Australia to sponsor overseas skilled workers for permanent residence to fill skill shortages in their business.

Employers can recruit prospective employees who have not worked in Australia, or they may want to offer a permanent position to an employee who is currently working under a temporary visa.

ENS - quick facts
  • Permanent residence visa with three entry streams.
  • Available to businesses operating in Australia.
  • Employer must provide full-time employment for at least three years.
  • Employer must pay the prospective migrant at least as much as an Australian employee.
  • Employer must meet any training requirements of the relevant entry stream.
  • Employers can source experienced skilled migrants via SkillSelect

Entry streams for permanent residence

There are three entry streams for permanent residence under the ENS. An employer or employee will need to meet all of the requirements of the particular stream they choose.

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for their employer for two years and whose employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
  • The Direct Entry stream is for prospective employees who are untested in the Australian workforce and have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least two 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.

What is the application process?

If an employer and employee meet all the requirements of the relevant entry stream for the ENS, there is a two-step application process with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP):

Step 1. Employer nominates the eligible position to be filled. This is then assessed by DIBP.

Step 2. If approved by DIBP in Step 1, the employee then applies for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa.

Find out more

  • Find details about the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), including eligibility, obligations and how to apply, on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.