The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.

The 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 programme.

Who is eligible for Employer Nomination Scheme?
  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the six months before you apply are
  • under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless you are exempt
  • have the required skills and qualifications for the position (at time of application lodgement you must have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body)
  • have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.
Employer & Position Requirements for the Temporary Skilled Visa (Subclass 457)

To participate in the Employer Nomination Scheme, the employer must:

  • be actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia
  • have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a position in their business
  • follow all relevant Australian laws and have a satisfactory record of meeting immigration laws (if applicable)
  • have met training benchmark requirement
  • provide the employee with an offer of permanent employment

The nominated position must meet the following requirements:

  • be full-time, ongoing and available for at least 2 years
  • provide working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awards
  • be a highly skilled occupation that is on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) and it must meet the minimum salary level for ENS