Employer Nominated Scheme Subclass 186
The Employer Nominated Scheme Subclass 186 visa grants your sponsored employee to permanent residency in Australia.
Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa is a skilled visa that offers permanent residency. Eligible employers can sponsor an employee for permanent residency through the Employer Nominated Scheme.
There are four steps:
- Establish your business is eligible to sponsor an employee.
- The employer nominates the position and candidate to be sponsored.
- The Immigration Department approves the nomination.
- The nominated candidate submits their 186 visa application through the Employer Nomination Scheme.
How to sponsor an employee for a ENS 186 visa
Step 1. To sponsor an employee for a 186 visa, your business will need to present:
the employment contract,
proof your business is actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia,
proof your business has a genuine need for a paid employee to fill the position,
proof you will pay the annual market salary rate,
and pay the Skilling Australians Fund levy when you submit your employer nomination application.
Step 2: Nominate the position and the candidate through the Employer Nominated Scheme.
The employer nominates the position from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). In doing so, the employer must:
pay them at least the annual market salary rate (unless the employee will earn more than AUD250,000 a year)
demonstrate the applicant is eligible for any license, registration or membership needed at the time the application is submitted
establish the business need to fill the position
offer a position that is full time and lasting at least 2 years
show that your business complies with Australian immigration and workplace relations law
The employer nominates the candidate from one of these 3 streams:
Temporary Residence Transition stream: This pathway enables you to sponsor an employee who is already a TSS 482 visa holder or a 457 visa holder.
Your sponsored employee must be under the age of 45 years of age at the time of application.(Some specific exceptions to this age requirement apply).
They must also show they have been in Australia for 3 years, carrying out the same occupation with you for at least 2 of those 3 years.
Direct Entry Stream: .Usually applicants applying for the 186 visa through this stream do so from outside of Australia. However its still possible to apply through this stream inside of Australia if the applicant already holds a substantive visa or a related bridging visa A, B or C.
Employers need to nominate the position for sponsorship to the Department and meet the nominating criteria listed above.
The candidate being sponsored must under 45 years of age at the time of applying.(Some exceptions apply).
The nominated candidate will then need to pass a skills assessment.
Labour Agreement stream: Skilled workers could apply via this stream if their employer has arranged a labour agreement with the Australian government.
The government charges a 186 visa nomination fee of AUD 540 and a Skilling Australia Fund levy.BUTTON: Get started
Step 3. The Immigration Department approves the nomination.
Step 4. The candidate submits the ENS 186 visa application. For a candidate to qualify for the 186 visa, they must:
show that they are qualified in the nominated occupation by presenting recognized qualifications and experience and have their trade skills assessed by the relevant assessment authority.
pass English language requirements. For the Subclass 186, this must be the equivalent to an IELTS score of 6. This is not required if the candidate holds a passport issued by the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the United States.
pass character and health checks.