The Subclass 186 ENS Visa is a Permanent Residence Visa for skilled workers who will be nominated by an eligible Australian employer. This can be availed of both offshore and onshore, by foreigners outside Australia or foreign skilled workers already living and working in Australia. Certain dependents may be included in the Permanent Residence Visa application.
The ENS Visa has three entry streams:
Temporary Residence Transition: This is designed for Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 visa holders who have already worked with their nominating employer in the nominated occupation for a minimum of at least two out of the previous three years before the nomination is made for Subclass 457 visa holders who held their visa on or before 18 April 2017, and for a minimum of three out of the previous four years (in the same position) for Subclass 482 visa holders who work in an occupation currently on the MLTSSL list. Subclass 482 visa holders with occupations on the STSOL list are not able to apply for Permanent Residence at this time.
Direct Entry: This stream is designed for foreign skilled workers outside of Australia, or those already in Australia who do not hold a Subclass 457 or Subclass 482 visa, or have only briefly worked in the Australian labour market. A positive Skills Assessment from the relevant assessing authority may be required before the skilled worker can proceed.
Agreement: This stream is designed for foreign skilled workers to be sponsored by their employer through a labour or regional migration agreement.
For all streams, applicants must be under 45 years of age to apply. They must have appropriate English language skills, and meet health and character requirements.
Please note that once a Permanent Residence Visa application has been submitted, the applicant and any migrating dependents will be able to apply for Medicare benefits.