Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 Visa

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 visa is a permanent resident visa.

It can be obtained by direct entry, transition from 457 visa after 2 years (of continual employment by nominating employer) or by way of labor agreement.

NOTE: Changes to migration regulations and policy through to late 2015 has seen a tightening of criteria on application approvals. Applications affected include nomination for 457, 186 or 187 visas that do not adequately demonstrate business case and visa applications that fail to match ANZSCO skill benchmarks.


Process of Applications

Before a visa application can be made, the employer must obtain a Nomination approval. An approved Nomination is a prerequisite to a successful grant of 186 visa.

Pitfalls to Avoid

The key pitfalls to avoid in making each of the 2 applications for a 186 visa grant are listed below. The list is comprised of common reasons for application failures.

  1. Nomination:
    1. Incorrectly nominated occupation from the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL);
    2. Failure to adequately demonstrate commitment to training obligations;
    3. Failure to demonstrate a genuine need for the nominated role in the business;
    4. Failure to document 2 year minimum guaranteed employment .
  2. 186 Visa application:
    1. Incorrect occupation for applicant skills, qualifications and background;
    2. Problems with Skills assessment;
    3. Insufficient work experience or training exposure to job role tasks.

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