Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

This scheme is designed for Australian employers to recruit workers to satisfy genuine shortages for specific skills that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market, at the same time enabling Australia to compete globally. Employees can be either overseas or temporary residents currently in Australia, but they need to be highly skilled workers.

The ENS process comprises two steps:

  • employer nomination of the applicant
  • nominee’s application

The nomination must be lodged before the nominee’s application.

In addition to other criteria, the position must correspond to a skilled occupation that appears on a list of occupations gazetted for the purposes of the ENS (it is called the CSOL list).

The nominee must meet all the eligibility criteria, the most important of which is that:

In the “Direct Entry” pathway, the nominee must obtain a full skills assessment and have three years of work experience in the relevant occupation.

In the “457 Transitional” pathway the nominee must have been working full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation AND with the same nominating employer on a temporary residence “457” or similar visa for at least 2 years prior to the visa application.

Nominees also need to be under 50 years of age and have vocational English.

In case the nomination is not approved, the decision is reviewable by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). We provide services and representation at the AAT. Find out how we can assist you in the AAT process.

If the nominee fails to meet the regulatory criteria for a visa, the employer will be not be able to recruit someone else using the same “approved” nomination i.e. a fresh nomination will need to be submitted for the new employee (nominee). The new nominee must lodge their application within 6 months of the approval of the original nomination.


The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows overseas workers or temporary workers in Australia to be sponsored for permanent positions that the employer has been unable to fill from within the Australian labour market or through their own training efforts.

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa application process is made up of two important stages:

1. Nomination by the employer

The Australian employer must obtain sponsorship status. To obtain sponsorship, the employer must:

demonstrate that they are actively and lawfully operating in Australia
have a commitment to training existing employees

Once the employer has demonstrated they satisfy the sponsorship criteria, the position to be filled (or nominated) must also meet certain requirements. For example, the position must be full time for at least 3 years and be on the gazetted list of approved occupations for this category.

2. Visa application

Once the nomination has been approved, the visa application must be lodged within six (6) months. The visa application must be lodged at the same Business Centre of DIAC as the corresponding nomination, even if the nominee is outside Australia. Applicants are also required to satisfy certain health and character requirements in order to meet the visa criteria.

  • Student Visa (Subclass 500)
  • MRT Visa
  • GSM Visa
  • Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
  • Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)
  • Tour to USA
  • Tour to Canad
Subclass 10 VisaBridging A Visa
Subclass 20 VisaBridging B Visa
Subclass 30 VisaBridging C Visa
Subclass 40 VisaBridging (Prospective Applicant) Visa
Subclass 41 VisaBridging (Non-Applicant) Visa
Subclass 50 VisaBridging (General) Visa
Subclass 51 VisaBridging (Protection Visa Applicant) Visa
Subclass 60 VisaBridging F Visa
Subclass 70 VisaBridging (Removal Pending) Visa
Subclass 100 VisaPartner Visa
Subclass 101 VisaChild Visa
Subclass 102 VisaAdoption Visa
Subclass 103 VisaParent Visa
Subclass 114 VisaAged Dependent Relative Visa
Subclass 115 VisaRemaining Relative Visa
Subclass 116 VisaCarer Visa
Subclass 117 VisaOrphan Relative Visa
Subclass 124 VisaDistinguished Talent Visa
Subclass 132 VisaBusiness Talent Visa
Subclass 143 VisaContributory Parent Visa
Subclass 151 VisaFormer Resident Visa
Subclass 155 VisaFive Year Resident Return Visa
Subclass 157 VisaThree Month Resident Return Visa
Subclass 159 VisaProvisional Resident Return Visa
Subclass 160 VisaBusiness Owner (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 161 VisaSenior Executive (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 162 VisaInvestor (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 163 VisaState/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 164 VisaState/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 165 VisaState/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 173 VisaContributory Parent (Temporary) Visa
Subclass 186 VisaEmployer Nomination Scheme Visa
Subclass 187 VisaRegional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa
Subclass 188 Visa

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (BIIP visa). Subclass 188A Business Innovation Stream

Subclass 189 VisaSkilled — Independent Visa
Subclass 190 VisaSkilled — Nominated Visa
Subclass 200 VisaRefugee Visa
Subclass 201 VisaIn-country Special Humanitarian Visa
Subclass 202 VisaGlobal Special Humanitarian Visa
Subclass 203 VisaEmergency Rescue Visa
Subclass 204 VisaWoman at Risk Visa
Subclass 300 VisaProspective Marriage Visa
Subclass 309 VisaPartner (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 400 VisaTemporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa
Subclass 403 VisaTemporary Work (International Relations) Visa
Subclass 405 VisaInvestor Retirement Visa
Subclass 407 VisaTraining Visa
Subclass 408 VisaTemporary Activity Visa
Subclass 410 VisaRetirement Visa
Subclass 417 VisaWorking Holiday Visa
Subclass 444 VisaSpecial Category Visa
Subclass 445 VisaDependent Child Visa
Subclass 449 VisaHumanitarian Stay (Temporary) Visa
Subclass 457 VisaTemporary Work (Skilled) Visa
Subclass 461 VisaNew Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa
Subclass 462 VisaWork and Holiday Visa
Subclass 476 VisaSkilled – Recognised Graduate Visa
Subclass 485 VisaTemporary Graduate Visa
Subclass 489 VisaSkilled – Regional (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 500 VisaStudent Visa
Subclass 590 VisaStudent Guardian Visa
Subclass 600 VisaVisitor Visa
Subclass 601 VisaElectronic Travel Authority Visa
Subclass 602 VisaMedical Treatment Visa
Subclass 651 VisaeVisitor Visa
Subclass 676 VisaTourist Visa
Subclass 771 VisaTransit Visa
Subclass 773 VisaBorder Visa
Subclass 785 VisaTemporary Protection Visa
Subclass 786 VisaTemporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visa
Subclass 790 VisaSafe Haven Enterprise Visa
Subclass 800 VisaTerritorial Asylum Visa
Subclass 801 VisaPartner Visa
Subclass 802 VisaChild Visa
Subclass 804 VisaAged Parent Visa
Subclass 808 VisaConfirmatory (Residence) Visa
Subclass 820 VisaPartner Visa
Subclass 835 VisaRemaining Relative Visa
Subclass 836 VisaCarer Visa
Subclass 837 VisaOrphan Relative Visa
Subclass 838 VisaAged Dependent Relative Visa
Subclass 851 VisaResolution of Status Visa
Subclass 852 VisaReferred Stay (Permanent) Visa
Subclass 858 VisaDistinguished Talent Visa
Subclass 864 VisaContributory Aged Parent Visa
Subclass 866 VisaProtection Visa
Subclass 884 VisaContributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa
Subclass 887 VisaSkilled – Regional Visa
Subclass 888 VisaBusiness Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa
Subclass 890 VisaBusiness Owner Visa
Subclass 891 VisaInvestor Visa
Subclass 892 VisaState/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa
Subclass 893 VisaState/Territory Sponsored Investor Visa
Subclass 988 VisaMaritime Crew Visa
Subclass 995 VisaDiplomatic (Temporary) Visa

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