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Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa (Subclass 186)


The ENS program allows skilled workers who are nominated by an employer to live and work in Australia permanently.

Applicants must be nominated under one of the streams below. The nominated position also must be full time, ongoing and available for at least two years:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream – when the employee has already been working for the business on a 457 or 482 visa.
  • The Direct Entry stream – when the business wishes to employ a worker permanently.
  • The Agreement stream – when the employment is provided under a labour agreement.


  • Have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in an eligible occupation;
  • Be less than 45 years of age (exceptions apply);
  • Have relevant qualification and/or skills;
  • Be of a good character and health.