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Subclass 186 ENS permanent residency visa (Employer Nomination Scheme visa) requires all applicants to be sponsored by a nominating employer.

For all applicants to be valid to this visa stream, they must ensure the following requirements can be checked off:

  • English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6 in each component.
  • Age: The maximum age is set at 45 years of age or younger at the time of application for all Direct Entry stream applicants
  • A maximum age of 50 at the time of application applies to all Temporary Residence Transition stream applicants
  • A range of amendments have been introduced to enhance the ENS and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visas’ integrity. These changes include requiring the nominated position to be genuine and removing the English language and skills exemption for all applicants with nominated earnings arranged to be over $180,000.187

From March 2018, amendments to the permanent employer sponsored skilled visa programmes include:

  • Occupation lists: The Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will now apply to both the ENS and the RSMS, including available occupations supporting regional employers for the RSMS
  • Minimum market salary rate: The Australian market salary rate must be paid by employers and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold
  • Residency: The transition period to permanent residence will be extended from two to three years (people on  a 457 visa and wanting to apply for 186/187 visa)
  • Work experience: A minimum of three years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation is required
  • Age: All applicants must be under the maximum age of 45 at the application time
  • Training requirement: All workers nominated for an ENS or RSMS visa is required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund. This contribution includes:
    • Being paid in full at the time the worker is nominated
    • $3,000 for small businesses (those with annual turnover of less than $10 million) and $5,000 for other businesses

Important note

  • If an applicant has held a 457 visa for the last 2 years, making them eligible for a 186 Transition(TRT), the new 3 years’ work experience requirement should not be a factor, as applicants are likely to fall under the grandfathering provisions.

Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

It provides a welcoming and multicultural society with a population that originates from around 200 countries. Australian people have a reputation for being amongst the friendliest in the world, and Australian cities are safe and clean, with low crime rates.

What is a Subclass 186 Visa?

  • This is a permanent residence visa for employer nominated skilled workers
  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) lets Australian employers nominate skilled foreign employees to work in Australia on a subclass 186 permanent residence visa
  • A nomination by an approved Australian employer and a visa application by the skilled overseas worker are required for the visa process
  • Applicants can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa, but must have a valid visa or a bridging visa A, B, or C if making the application in Australia