186 ENS

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186)


Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) is designed to attract skilled and experienced workers into Australia in certain industries as sought necessary by the Australian government. It is a Permanent Resident visa purposely for the skilled overseas workers who wish to work and live in Australia permanently. There are 3 pathways in applying for an Australian Permanent Residency through Employer Nomination Scheme. In each pathway, there are 2 steps in making a valid and successful application, namely, Nomination, and Visa Application.


Temporary Residence Transition Stream – This stream allows overseas workers who have worked full time for the sponsoring employer for 2 years under Subclass 457 visa to apply for an Australian Permanent Residency through ENS.  It is one of the most popular methods pursued by overseas workers for a successful migration into Australia. Successful visa applicants must be nominated for an ENS by the same employer who has nominated the applicant for their Subclass 457 visa. To be eligible, the applicants must:

  • Hold Subclass 457 visa, and have worked for 2 years under a same employer and nominated position
  • Prove English proficiency equivalent to 5.0 in all components in International English Language Test System


Direct Entry Scheme – Skilled and experienced overseas workers may directly apply for ENS through a Direct Entry Scheme, which, upon its grant, renders the applicants Australian Permanent Residency. Applicants for this stream must show that:

  • They have an approved or a pending nomination by the sponsoring employer for a position under this stream
  • They hold English proficiency level of at least 6.0 in all components in International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent
  • They have at least 3 years of work experience in relevant field
  • They hold a valid skills assessment in the nominated occupation

Agreement Scheme – An employer that holds a labour agreement can provide sponsorship for ENS for eligible applicants in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Agreement. Successful visa applicants must meet the requirements, such as age, skills, experience, and English, outlined in the Agreement.