The ENS visa is a permanent visa allowing the sponsored employee and their dependents to stay indefinitely in Australia.

There are three streams:

  • Direct Entry (DE) Stream: For this stream, the employee does not have to work with the employer for 3 years. This is a direct pathway to permanent visa and requires skills assessment and 3 years of prior experience.
  • Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream: Applicant is applying after holding 3 years of Subclass 482 Visa in medium term stream.
  • Labour Agreement (LA) Stream: Employer has labour agreement agreement approval from department and is sponsoring you.


  • There should be no adverse information of the business
  • Business comply with Australian immigration and workplace laws


  • Your employers nomination application must be approved within the six months before you apply
  • Should be under 45 years age at the time of application
  • Should have skills assessment at the time of application if you are applying under Direct Stream Stream. TRT stream does not require skills assessment.
  • Should have three years of relevant work experience. Two years if you were granted or have applied for 457 visa before 18 April 2017.
  • Should have Competent English language at the time of application
  • Meet Health and Characters requirements


There are two stages to the ENS subclass 186 application:

  • Nomination: Involves review of the business as well as the position being sponsored by the employer.
  • Visa Application:  There are different ways to approach this, which may require English language test, skills assessment, and police checks.


  • ENS visa is a permanent visa and usually entails higher documentation than a 457 /482 visas. Some of the problems include.
  • Skills assessment- Each skills assessment authority demands a different level of skills/experience/English scores.
  • Employer should meet the “satisfactory record of training”


Nomination Application Fees: $540

TRT Stream Nomination Application Fees: $NIL (Only If position is in designated Area)

Visa Application Fees:

Base application charge Additional applicant charge 18 and over Additional applicant charge under 18
AUD 3,755 AUD 1,875 AUD 940

Secondary applicant who has not functional English: AUD 4890.

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