Employer and Regional Nomination Scheme Subclass 186
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS – Subclass 186) is a permanent visa for the sponsored employees. It is a common way for 457 visa holders to qualify as permanent residence. However, it does have a higher skill level requirement than the Subclass 457 visa.
There are two stages to the Employer Nominated, subclass 186, visa application:
• Nomination: involves review of the business’ operations as well as the position offered to the employee; and
• Visa Application: of which there are three stages of testing: English language testing, medical assessment and national police check.
Application Options
There are three possible application pathways for an Employer Nominated, subclass 186, visa:
• Temporary Residence Transition: available when applicants have worked with the employer on a 457 visa for the last 2 years. In this case, no skills assessment is required.
• Direct Entry Stream: the employee will need to provide a formal skills assessment in their occupation, and show that they have worked in their occupation for three years. The required English level is IELTS 6, unless an exemption applies.
• Agreement Stream: where the employer has a Labour Agreement.
• Obtaining a skills assessments – each skills assessing authority has different criteria, but in some circumstances this requirement can be avoided or clearly and efficiently managed by your RMA;
• Demonstrating that the employer meets the “satisfactory record of training” requirement – a complex area that requires close cooperation with your RMA. With Modern Migration’s substantial expertise in Business and Investment, we know how to work with you, to streamline this process and minimise any disruption the process may cause to applicants; and
• Showing exceptional circumstances where visa applicants could not meet the usual requirements for age, English language ability and/or level of skill.

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