Employer Sponsored ENS Visa

The Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 visa is a permanent employer sponsored visa. The ENS visa allows employees to work for a nominated employer on a full time basis.

Employer Sponsored ENS Visa

​This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to live and work in Australia, have access to medicare, include family members and may eventually lead to citizenship. The ENS visa allows you to work in Australia under one of two main streams.

The Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT Stream)

This stream allows you to transition from the temporary 457 or TSS Visa.

  • Applicants must have worked in their nominated occupation for at least 2 years out of the last 3 years. 
  • Applicants can now access this pathway if their occupation is on the MTLSSL, STSOL and ROL occupation lists

The Direct Entry Stream

This stream allows you to apply for to apply directly for the permanent employer sponsored visa. In order to apply for this visa

 

  • Your occupation is on the MLTSSL
  • You have passed a skills assessment with the relevant skills assessing authority
  • You have worked in the occupation at the required skill level for at least 3 years.

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa

The Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 visa is a Permanent Employer Sponsored visa that requires a company to nominate you for employment. It is similar to the standard TSS (482), visa but the TSS is temporary. The 186 is permanent.

Overview of the ENS Visa

​This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to live and work in Australia, have access to medicare, include family members and may eventually lead to citizenship. The ENS visa allows you to work in Australia under one of two main streams.

Nomination

Nominated by an employer in Australia.

Processing time

Between 4 – 16 months

Costs

Application charge is $4,770 AUD

  • The visa holder must be nominated by an employer and the nomination must be approved within 6 months before application
  • The employee has the qualifications and skills required to fill the position
  • The employee holds the required licenses and requirements for the occupation
  • The employee has health insurance for the duration of their time in Australia
  • The employee meets  the required level of English language
  • The employee is of good health and character
  • You must be under 45 years of age

The time taken to process a visa application can vary depending on whether or not the employer must apply for business sponsorship approval or not. The visa application can either be lodged at the same time as the sponsorship or nomination or afterwards. The Immigration website listed the processing time for  a subclass ENS visa between 4 – 16 months.

In order to apply for this visa you must be nominated by an employer in Australia. Applicants need to apply for the visa no later than six months of the nomination being approved. In order to have a nomination approved employers must:

 

  • Offer a full-time employment agreement for at least two years
  • Have a genuine need for the Applicant to work in the nominated position
  • Meet the training benchmark requirements
  • Offer a salary to the Applicant that is equal to the Australian Market Salary

orThe current visa application charge is $4,770 AUD for the main applicant, $2,385 AUD for the secondary applicant and $1,190 AUD for children. 

The current nomination charge is $540 AUD

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Subclass 186 Visa Guide

If you’re interested in the application process, associated fees, and eligibility requirements for the Subclass 186 Visa, simply click the download button, fill in your contact details below, and we’ll send you a PDF file containing a detailed guide.

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How Pathway to Aus helps?

Many companies struggle with getting applications approved due to not understanding the requirements. Our migration experts, experienced with ENS Visa applications and in regular contact with DIBP, ensure clients know what is needed.

Pathway to Aus processes applications quickly, aiming for decision-ready submissions.

Our Registered Migration Agents:

  • Identify and fix issues before submission
  • Help obtain required skills assessments and documents (degrees, qualifications, references)
  • Assist with including family members
  • Resolve previous visa issues and seek waivers
  • Obtain required police checks

Grow Early Childhood Education

Pathway to Aus has assisted numerous childcare centres to apply for all types of employer sponsored visas including Employer Sponsored (482 and 494), DAMA Labour Agreements and Training Visas (Subclass 407).

Nick and the team are always a pleasure to work with. Finding childcare staff is such a struggle, however being able to offer sponsorship to our employees has meant that we have been able to retain and attract staff, which has been crucial to our business, especially in regional areas.

Immigration sponsorship is so much more complex than I thought initially. From the very beginning, Pathway to Aus has broken down the steps needed to undertake and the documents required. They work directly with the applicant as well to ensure that they their documents are correct too. Only once the application is complete will they then look to lodge the applications and liaise with immigration throughout the process.

I would recommend Pathway to Aus to any business that needs assistance.

Razanne Rabba Grow Early Childhood Education

People and Culture Manager

What we will do?

Pathway to Aus will assist with the application throughout the entirety of the process and provide:

  • Articulate advice on eligibility requirements and how to meet these requirements
  • Assistance obtaining the required supporting documents needed for the application
  • Assistance compiling and translating letters of reference.
  • Prepare and submit the application to the DIBP
  • Liaison with the DIBP throughout every stage of processing
  • Provide updates on changing requirements to employers and employees throughout the duration of the visa

Our Clients

Steven is a migration client of Pathway to Aus who went from a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) to Short-term business visa, back to the UK, then to a 457 employer-sponsored visa and finally to PERMANENT RESIDENCY (Subclass 186). It has been a really long and drawn out process for Steven (almost 10 years), but he got there in the end.

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We have a ton of information on our site about various visa options and FAQs that answer most of our visitors’ questions, but if you’re still not sure where to start or you need a personalised step by step walkthrough, then schedule a call with one of our Registered Migration Agent.

Simply follow the link below and you’ll be able to pick the date & time that fits your schedule.

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If you’re having any trouble booking your consultation then don’t hesitate to contact us either via info@pathwaytoaus.com or by calling us 0755 265 900

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Frequently Asked Questions

In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

When can I apply for an ENS 186 visa?

You can apply for the ENS 186 visa from inside or outside Australia

When can I apply for an ENS 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Is the ENS 186 Visa permanent?

Yes, the 186 ENS visa is permanent. Once you receive it, you are a permanent resident of Australia.

Is the ENS 186 Visa permanent? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Do I need to take IELTS in order to apply for the ENS 186 visa?

Yes, you will need to sit IELTs and have competent English in order to apply for the 186 visa, unless you hold a passport from NZ, USA, Ireland, UK or Canada.

Do I need to take IELTS in order to apply for the ENS 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Do I need a skill assessment in order to apply for the 186 visa?

Yes, in order to apply for the 186 direct entry stream, you will need to pass a skill assessment in an occupation that is on the MLTSSL.

Do I need a skill assessment in order to apply for the 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

If my occupation is not on the MLTSSL, can I still apply for the 186 visa?

Yes, if you apply for the 186 visa (direct stream), your occupation. must be on the MLTSSL. Not the STSOL or the State Occupation List. Immigration has identified these occupations on the MLTSSL as most in demand in Aus. There is a shortage of skilled workers in these occupations.

If my occupation is not on the MLTSSL, can I still apply for the 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Do I need paid work experience in order to apply for the 186 visa?

Yes, the work experience for the 186 visa must be paid. In addition the work must be done at the required skill level. This doesn’t mean that you have worked in the occupation for 3 years. It will usually mean you have worked in the occupation for 3 years post qualification or at the fully required skill level. So work whilst study potentially won’t count.

Do I need paid work experience in order to apply for the 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Can I apply for the 186 visa without an employer?

No, you will need an employer to sponsor your visa in order to apply for the 186 visa.

Can I apply for the 186 visa without an employer? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

How much do I have to be paid for the 186 visa?

You must demonstrate that you are paying the Australian Market Salary for the role. You must be paid the equivalent salary for an Australian working in the role with the same experience and education as the applicant. The wage you are being offered is at least equal to or better the prevailing wage and at least $53 900, but usually it is considerably more. Immigration does this so employers don’t hire cheap foreign workers to undercut Australians.

How much do I have to be paid for the 186 visa? was last modified: September 11th, 2020 by PTA

Do I need to undertake Labour Market testing for the 186 visa?

Unlike the TSS visa, for the 186 Direct Entry Stream, Labour Market testing is not 100% a requirement. So you don’t need to advertise the position and demonstrate you couldn’t find a suitable Australian to fill the role.

Do I need to undertake Labour Market testing for the 186 visa? was last modified: June 18th, 2024 by PTA

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Employer Sponsored ENS Visa was last modified: July 11th, 2024 by PTA