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186 Visa, Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), 雇主提名

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa, or 186 visa is for overseas workers who has an Australian employer offering them a full time permanent position, and their occupation is on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

There are three streams: Direct entry, 457 visa transition and Labour agreement streams.

The application of 186 is a two-step process: nomination of the position and application of the visa. They can be lodged at the same time, but the application cannot be lodged before nomination.

Common criteria

The following requirements are applicable to all streams:

  • Age – less than 50 years old (some exemptions);
  • English language skills;
  • Nominated by an Australian employer;
  • Must lodge online application.

Direct entry stream

Requirement for the nominator

  • The nominator must demonstrate the need for a paid employee;
  • The business is active and lawfully operated;
  • The employment offered by the nominator is full time, and for a term of minimum 2 years;
  • The salary and work condition offered is no less favourable than that offered to local employees;
  • Meet training benchmark;
  • The occupation nominated is on the CSOL

Requirement for primary applicant

  • Has competent English;
  • Has skills assessed;
  • Has been employed in the occupation for at least 3 years on full time basis and at the level of skill required for the occupation.

457 visa transition stream

Requirement for the nominator

  • The nominator is the standard business sponsor for the applicant’s 457 visa;
  • The business is active and lawfully operated;
  • Applicant has worked on full time basis for at least 2 years for the nominator;
  • The employment offered by the nominator is full time, and for a term of minimum 2 years;
  • The salary and work condition offered is no less favourable than that offered to local employees;
  • Meet training benchmark.

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