Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Permanent Visa

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 is a Permanent Residency visa for a person to live and work in Australia permanently and has been offered a permenant position within a business in Australia.

Benefits of the ENS visa

  • Permanent Residency visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and Study in Australia
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia's health care scheme
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency (subject to eligibility criteria)

There are three entry streams for Permtnent Residence under the ENS:

  1. Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS) is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for their employer for 2 years and whose employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
  2. The Direct Entry stream is for prospective employees who have not held a subclass 457 visa for atleast 2 years, or who are applying directly from overseas.
  3. The Agreements stream is for prospective employees who are being sponsored by an employer through a negotiated Labour Agreement or Regional Migration Agreement.

There are two steps to the ENS Application Process:


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection must be satisfied that the employer:

  • Is actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia
  • Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled poistion
  • Compliant with relevant Training Benchmarks
  • Offer a skilled position that is full time and ongoing for atleast 2 years
  • Pay a market salary rate
  • has no adverse business information


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection must be satisfied that the employee:

  • has been nominated by their employer within 6 months of applying
  • is under the age of 50 (certain exemptions apply)
  • have the required skills and qualifications for the position
  • Meet English, health and character requirements

Why Choose Seek Migration

Seek Migration specializes in Employer Sponsored visas, as it is the core of our practice. We have significant amount of experience in assisting employers throughout the whole end to end process of successfully sponsoring overseas employees.

Our relationship with our clients do not simply end at obtaining the visa. We continually assist to ensure ongoing compliance with sponsorship obligations. We provide guidance and assistance to both the employer and the 457 holder throughout the validty of the business sponsorship, the visa and beyond.

Please contact us for more information.

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