The Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (ENS 186) allows skilled employees to be sponsored by Australian employers to live and work in Australia permanently.
How do I get Employer Nomination Scheme Visa?
There are three streams for this visa; The Temporary Residence Transition stream, the Direct Entry stream, and the Labour Agreement stream. Your employer will nominate you under the appropriate stream, which will enable you to apply under that stream. Once the nomination is approved, you will have six months to apply for the proper visa.
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All three streams require that:
- You have an Australian employer who will sponsor your permanent migration for working in a specific job in Australia.
- You are younger than 45 when you apply (although there are exemptions in certain circumstances).
- You have appropriate English language skills.
- You have certain qualifications and skills to undertake the job your sponsor nominated you for.
- You meet health and character requirements.
For the Temporary Residence Transition stream, you must also:
- Possess a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) or a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) (not granted under labour agreement arrangements) or a related associated Bridging visa.
- Have been employed in the nominated position by the sponsoring employer for a certain number of years, dependant on your current visa.
If you do not meet these requirements, your employer may still be able to nominate you under one of the other two streams. For example, your employer may have entered into an arrangement with the Department of Home Affairs, which will allow them to nominate you under the Labour Agreement stream!
What are the features and benefits of Employer Nomination Scheme Visa?
- It is a permanent visa to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely.
- You are entitled to access Medicare, Australia’s subsidised universal health care scheme.
- You can travel freely to and from Australia for up to 5 years, after which you will need a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia.
- You may be eligible to apply for citizenship.
For your family:
- Your immediate family members, including your partner and your or your partner’s child or step-child, will enjoy precisely the same benefits and rights as you do.
- Your children are entitled to free primary and secondary education.
- You can apply to sponsor the migration of eligible relatives to join you in Australia.