Australian Employer Nomination Scheme
Migration to Australia under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) has been developed for Australian employers to recruit permanent and highly skilled staff from overseas (or temporary residents currently in Australia). This also means that you can start working in Australia sooner, and gives you peace of mind and stability during this exciting time.
Our immigration experts know Australian visa legislation inside and out, and always work to ensure that you have the best chance of a successful application. However, visa support is only a small part of what we offer. We are the only immigration consultancy in the world to offer a global network of offices and recruitment partners to ensure that you have the best chance of getting employer sponsorship.
Our International Employment Preparation Service maximizes your chances of being selected by an Australian employer, and makes you as marketable as possible. Our specially-trained staff work to write your résumé so that it follows Australian standards. This process includes completing international equivalency testing to put your qualifications in a context Australian employers understand. We also collate the last 10 years of references to add to your applications.
Our team then works with our Australian recruitment partners to submit applications on your behalf and forward potential opportunities to you. We work closely with our Australian recruitment partners across a range of industries to bring you the best opportunities within your chosen field.
All this work gives you the best chance of getting an Employee Nomination and considerably speeds up the immigration process. We are committed to excellence, and every stage of this process is properly checked and signed off by you.
Requirements for Employer Nomination Scheme Visas
In addition to being nominated by an employer, there are a range of further requirements for ENS applicants. These include age, health, and character requirements in addition to professional ones.
The ENS applicant considering immigrating to Australia must be less than 45 years of age at the time of an application being lodged.
However, there are some exceptions on this age requirement. These include:
- The applicant's skills are so unique or so specialised that few, if any, persons under 45 would have the same level of expertise
- The position would normally require a person with skills and experience acquired over many years (e.g. senior academics or scientists)
- The ENS position is critical to the operation of the nominating employer's business
- The occupation for which the visa applicant has been nominated is on the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL)
To qualify, you must also have the skills relevant to the nominated position. You have to demonstrate this by providing a positive skills assessment from a relevant assessing authority, have 3 years’ experience in your occupation, and be nominated for a highly paid position (at least $167,000 per year, must a 9% superannuation). You must also be able to satisfy any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements and demonstrate your English language abilities.
In brief, an employer wanting to recruit via the Employer Nomination Scheme must be able to demonstrate that:
- They have a need for a paid employee, that the business is located in Australia and that it is operated by the employer, and that the employer is of good standing
- The nominated position is for an occupation listed on the ENS Skilled Occupation List, with the skills, experience and qualifications corresponding to the requirements of the occupation description (ASCO Code)
- If applicable, the highly-skilled person is eligible for any mandatory licensing, registration or professional body membership where required
- The salary of the nominated position is at least AUD$41,850 for most occupations and $57,300 for IT professionals plus compulsory superannuation of 9%
- The ENS position is a full time, fixed-term appointment of at least three years, which does not exclude the possibility of renewal
- The employer has a commitment to training existing employees
- The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with the standards for working conditions provided under Australian industrial laws
Requirements for Employer Nomination Scheme Visas
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