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186 - Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and 187 - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) provide permanent residency if you are sponsored by an employer. 

186 - Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

A permanent resident visa. The ENS application is a two step process. Firstly an employer must nominate a position that needs to be filled and cannot be done so by an Australian citizen/permanent resident. The employer must display that there is a genuine need to fill the position and the terms of employment must match those that would be offered to Australian citizens or permanent residents performing the same role. The position is to offer at least two years employment. When the nomination of the position is approved the visa applicant can be undertaken. Visa applicants must have suitable qualifications, experience and skills to perform their occupation.

Temporary 457 visa holders who have held the 457 for two years can move to the 186.

187 - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

Like the 186, the 187 is a permanent residency visa. The 187 is similar in many respects to the 186. Both are a two step process however there are concessions applied to applications for the 186.

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ENS and RSMS news and updates

Changes to declaration forms for 457 and ENS/RSMS 

04-Nov-2016 -  Since changes to the 457 program came into effect in November 2015 there has been confusion relating to declarations made by sponsors and visa applicants. When a new 457 visa application and nomination .. read more

Using Business Plans Services for Work Visas is now a risk. 

14-Apr-2016 -  DIBP has recently informed migration agents that the use of companies which supply business plans and ‘genuine need for position’ reports can negatively affect an application for sponsored work .. read more

Where the future jobs will be 

05-Apr-2016 -  An article in today’s The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) provides some insight into Australian occupation trends and their impact on the Skilled Occupations List and Skilled Consolidated Occupations List.. read more

Declarations Deadlines for ENS-RSMS Applications 

08-Feb-2016 -  Permanent employment sponsorship under the ENS/RSMS framework require declarations from both the sponsoring employer and visa applicant that visa sponsorship has not resulted in a 'benefit' to the sponsorin.. read more

VETASSESS no longer requires certified documentation  

01-Dec-2015 -  Skills assessments play a big part in the Australian skilled migration program. A skills assessment evaluates a potential migrant's skills, qualifications and experience to determine if the visa applicant c.. read more

MA Reports future IT skills shortages 

17-Nov-2015 -  Migration Alliance (MA) reports that Australian technology companies may move operations offshore if immigration rules are not made more flexible. (The following article is extracted from the Migration Alli.. read more

Shortage of skilled workers in Western Sydney  

12-Oct-2015 -  Key findings in a report titled The Greater Western Sydney Skills Barometer has found that the Western Sydney region will require a concerted response to skills shortage in key areas of employment such as b.. read more

Payment for visas - penalties soon to apply  

28-Sep-2015 -  Legislation to impose heavy fines on employers, third parties and visa applicants/holders was introduced to Federal Parliament on September 16th 2015, however it may result in unfair consequences for visa h.. read more