Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Permanent visa (subclass 186)
The ENS visa category involves two stages:
This is a permanent visa for applicants who wish to move to Australia permanently and have been offered a permanent role in a business in Australia.
What the visa lets you do:
It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted; after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia.
There are three streams for this visa:
- Temporary Residence Transition Stream - for applicants who have been employed in Australia with the sponsoring company as the holder of a 457 visa for two years and have been offered a permanent contract for two years or more in their nominated occupation with the sponsoring company.
- Direct Entry Stream - for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market and have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least the last 2 years or who are applying directly from outside Australia, and who can demonstrate that they satisfy the requisite Skill and English level for grant of the visa.
- The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
Visa Applicants in all streams must demonstrate that they satisfy prescribed criteria, including that they:
- possess the necessary skill level to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the nominated position
- meet age requirements, unless they meet exemption criteria
- meet English language requirements, unless they qualify for certain exemptions
- in some circumstances, such as applying via the Direct Entry Stream, meet skill requirements, unless exempt
- hold registration or relevant licenses to work in their nominated occupation (if registration and licensing is required for them to work in their position in Australia)
- meet health and character requirements.
Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Again, other criteria may apply. Please contact us for a consultation for more details.
This page provides a summary of the ENS visa as at September 2016. Australian immigration law is complex and changes regularly. We strongly recommend that you contact us to confirm the requirements for an ENS visa and schedule a consultation with our Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents.