Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa is for businesses and employers looking to sponsor an overseas worker to fill some skills shortages that were unable to be satisfied by local labour.

The ENS grants permanent residence to successful applicants.

Basic Requirements

  • the employer must obtain sponsorship status
  • the employer must show that they are operating legally in Australia
  • the employer must meet sponsorship criteria
  • the applicant must be under 49 years of age
  • the applicant must meet English language requirements
  • the applicant must have the required experience and skills for the nominated role

There are two parts to applying for a visa under the ENS.

In the first part, the employer must obtain sponsorship status by showing that they are operating legally in Australia and have a commitment to training exiting staff. Once they have received sponsorship status, the role that needs to be filled bust also meet certain criteria.

In the second part, once the role has been approved, the visa application must be submitted within 6 months. As a prospective applicant, you must meet the basic criteria outlined above and satisfy health and character requirements.

If you are granted an ENS, you will become a permanent resident of Australia, where you will be permitted to live, work and study in Australia permanently. You will also be able to access Government-Subsidised healthcare (Medicare), some social security benefits and apply for Australian Citizenship.

What to do next

What to do next...

Step One

30-60 Minute Phone Consultation

Book a consultation with one of our migration consultants

  • 30 minute consultation AU$99
  • 60 minute consultation AU$179


After the phone consultation, you can decide on the next step.

Step Two Options:

1. Complete the application by yourself

After speaking with a migration consultant, you can opt to make your visa application. You can always book another phone consultation with us to help clarify any questions that might arise while you are preparing your visa application.


2. Appoint migrationxyz to manage everything for you

Appointing one of our registered migration consultants to manage your visa application can help relieve some time and stress. Our consultants will ensure that everything is correctly prepared before submitting it to the Government on your behalf.

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Government Fees & Processing Times

Application Fee AU$540 (Nomination); AU$3755 (Visa)
Partner Application Fee AU$1875
Dependents Application Fee 18 years or older AU$1835
Under 18 years AU$940
Second Instalment (Click for Details) Main applicant AU$9800
Secondary Applicants AU$4890
Processing Times 7 to 9 months

*All Government fees and processing times are obtained from government sources and are not included in our service fee.

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Please Note:

We are not part of the Australian government. We are a private company and we do not have the authority to grant you a Visa of any kind. We can only assist and advise people who want to travel to or migrate to Australia. The final decision on all visa applications rests with the appropriate government authority in Australia.