Who is this visa for?
Employer Sponsored Visa, also known as the “Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)”, is a permanent resident visa that allows overseas workers to be sponsored by their Australian employer to live and work in Australia permanently.
What will this visa let me do?
The ENS visa is permanent resident visa upon grant. This allows the applicant and any accompanying family members to:
- Live and work in Australia indefinitely with no restrictions
- Study in Australia and access subsidised education
- Access to Medicare
- Apply for specific social security payments (minimum residential periods apply)
- Apply for Australian citizenship (after meeting certain residential requirements)
- Sponsor family members for certain visas
- Travel in and out of Australia for 5 years
Basic Visa Requirements
There are 2 parties involved in the ENS visa:
- The Employer
- The Applicant
And there are 2 stages of the ENS visa:
- Nomination (Employer)
- Application (Applicant)
Employers are to nominate a position to be filled by the visa applicant. To be eligible to nominate, employers must demonstrate the following:
- The business is actively and lawfully operating in Australia
- A history of training Australian employees
- The offered position is on-going and full-time
- The offered position will meet the market rate and minimum salary threshold excluding superannuation
- The offered position is listed under the relevant eligible skilled occupation list.
To be eligible to apply for the ENS visa, employees must meet the following requirements:
- Obtained a Skills Assessment and have at least 3 years of employment experience (unless you have worked in Australia under your employer on a full-time basis for the last 2 years on a TSS visa, 444 visa, or 461 visa).
- Be under 50 years of age
- Have ‘Competent’ English language ability or ‘Vocational’ level if they have worked for at least 2 years on a TSS visa.
If you do not have an employer as a sponsor, an Expression of Interest can be lodged. This allows prospective employers and state/territory governments to offer sponsorship.
The government charges for visa application can be found here.