Australian Employer Nomination Scheme

Australian Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) grants permanent residency to overseas workers who are sponsored by their Australian employer. The ENS is designed to help Australia remain globally competitive while satisfying genuine shortages in the skilled labour market.

Australian Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Basic Requirements

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows overseas workers to be sponsored for permanent positions that the employer has been unable to fill from within the Australian labour market or through their own training efforts.

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa application process has two important stages:

1. Nomination by the employer

In order for the Australian employer to obtain sponsorship status, they must:

  • demonstrate that they are actively and lawfully operating in Australia
  • have a commitment to training existing employees

Once the employer has demonstrated they satisfy the sponsorship criteria, the position to be filled (or nominated) must also meet certain requirements. For example, the position must be full time for at least 3 years and be on the gazetted list of approved occupations.

2. Visa application

Once the nomination has been approved, the visa application must be lodged within six (6) months.

The visa application must be lodged at the same Business Centre of the Department of Home Affairs as the corresponding nomination, even if the nominee is outside Australia.

To qualify, prospective applicants must be less than 49 years of age, meet the prescribed English language criteria and hold the necessary skills and qualifications for the nominated position.

In some cases, applicants may access exemptions for the age, skills and English language criteria depending on the occupation, salary and past work experience for their particular case. All applicants are required to satisfy certain health and character requirements in order to meet the visa criteria.

In cases where an applicant does not have a sponsor, there is the ability to lodge an Expression of Interest through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect database. This step allows prospective employers and also the state/territory governments to view applicant details and offer sponsorship.

Australian Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Entitlements

Successful visa applicants under the Employer Nomination Scheme become permanent residents of Australia where they are entitled to live, work and study in Australia permanently. Additional benefits include access to government-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Managed Visa Application Service

When you purchase the Managed Visa Application Service with Migration Expert Australia, our service includes:

  • File management by one of our experienced Migration Consultants
  • Guidance and instructions on the specific documentation and forms
  • Submission of the visa application on your behalf
  • Assistance with any government requests for additional information
  • 24/5 Help Desk Support
  • Travel Guide to Australia
  • Secure Client Area access
  • Notification of all government correspondence

Our Fees

Service Name Processing Time Service Price
Managed Visa Application Service 7 to 9 months US$2,999.00

Government Fees And Processing Time

Application Fee AU$540.00 (nomination); AU$3670.00 (Visa)
Partner Application Fee AU$1835.00
Dependents Application fee
  • 18 years or older AU$1835.00
  • Under 18 years AU$920.00
Second Instalment
  • Main applicant AU$9800.00;
  • Secondary Applicants AU$4890.00
Processing Time 7 to 9 months
* All fees and processing time are obtained from government source.