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Employer Nomination Visa(186)

  • The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.

This visa is for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in their business. The employees can be either

  • Highly skilled workers from overseas
  • Highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia
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    If you are currently living or working in Australia on a qualifying visa, you can apply for the ENS (subclass 856) visa. If you do not hold a qualifying visa, you may still be eligible to apply in Australia for ENS if you last held a qualifying visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging an application.The ENS (subclass 121) visa is for applicants who are outside Australia.Note : If you do not hold a qualifying visa, you can apply for the ENS (subclass 121) visa and lodge your application in Australia, however you must be outside Australia at the time of visa grant.
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    You must pay a non-refundable application charge.
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    This visa allows you and any dependent family members included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.

Australian permanent residents can

  • Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  • Study in Australia at school or university
  • Receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Be eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor people for permanent residence.


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