Employer Nomination Scheme

Subclass 186 Permanent Visa

Employer from anywhere in Australia wants to sponsor an employee or bring an employee from overseas can apply for this visa.


The ENS visa is a permanent visa allowing the sponsored employee and their dependents to stay indefinitely in Australia.

There are three streams:

  • Direct Entry (DE) Stream: For this stream, the employee does not have to work with the employer for 3 years. This is a direct pathway to permanent visa and requires skills assessment and 3 years of prior experience.

  • Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream: Applicant is applying after holding 3 years of Subclass 482 Visa in the medium-term stream.

  • Labour Agreement (LA) Stream: Employer has labour agreement approval from the department and is sponsoring you.


  • There should be no adverse information about the business

  • Business comply with Australian immigration and workplace laws


  • Your employer's nomination application must be approved within the six months before you apply

  • Should be under 45 years age at the time of application

  • Should have skills assessment at the time of application if you are applying under Direct Stream Stream. TRT stream does not require a skills assessment.

  • Should have three years of relevant work experience. Two years if you were granted or have applied for 457 visa before 18 April 2017.

  • Should have Competent English language at the time of application

  • Meet Health and Characters requirements


There are two stages to the ENS subclass 186 application:

  • Nomination: Involves review of the business as well as the position being sponsored by the employer.

  • Visa Application:  There are different ways to approach this, which may require an English language test, skills assessment, and police checks.


  • ENS visa is a permanent visa and usually entails higher documentation than a 457 /482 visas. Some of the problems include.

  • Skills assessment- Each skills assessment authority demands a different level of skills/experience/English scores.

  • The employer should meet the “satisfactory record of training”


Nomination Application Fees: $540

TRT Stream Nomination Application Fees: $NIL (Only If position is in designated Area)

Visa Application Fees:

Base application charge

Additional applicant charge 18 and over

Additional applicant charge under 18

AUD 3,755
AUD 1,875
AUD 940
Secondary applicant who has not functional English: AUD 4890.