The Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa is designed for employers to address long term skill shortages across the whole of Australia. This includes large metropolitan areas like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

The ENS visa is available to skilled workers from inside or outside of Australia. 

There are three main streams when applying for this visa:

  • Direct Entry - For those who wish to apply directly for Permanent Residence from inside or outside of Australia.*
  • Temporary Resident Transition - For those who have been working inside Australia, with the same employer, in the same position for at least 3 years while holding a 482 visa. Transitional arrangements are available for certain 457 visa holders. 
  • Agreement Stream - For those nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.

Skilled worker eligibility 

Skilled workers can apply through the ENS program if they:

  • Have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
  • Are under 45 years of age (exemptions apply)
  • Meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements

In some situations, it is possible to obtain a waiver of these requirements.

*When applying direct entry applicants must have completed a skills assessment.


How do I apply for a skills assessment?

Selected Australian visas require applicants to have their skills assessed to Australian Standards. Which skills assessment body you submit to depends on your trade or occupation. Different skills assessment bodies have different requirements but, generally, applicants have to provide information on their work experience and qualifications. For assistance with your application, book a consultation

Key people for Employer Nominated Scheme Visas

Nam Hoang

Practice Manager / Executive Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0641294

Nam is the business operations manager and a senior migration consultant at Migration Solutions, responsible for the day-to-day business operations of work undertaken.

Call Nam on 8210 9800 or email him

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George Liu

Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 1572389

Peng is a migration agent at Migration Solutions specialising in general skilled, employer sponsored and student

Call George on 8210 9800 or email him

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