Employer Nomination Scheme - Direct Entry Stream (Subclass 186)

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme - Direct Entry Stream​

The purpose of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) is to allow Australian employers to fill highly skilled positions with suitably qualified overseas workers. 

This is a permanent visa.  

The scheme is designed to assist employers who are unable to meet their skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market. 

The minimum requirements of the Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme – Direct Entry Stream are:


The business seeking to employ you must:

  • be actively and lawfully operating in Australia
  • genuinely need you to work for them
  • have the capacity to employ you in this position for at least two years.


The position to be filled must be:

  • be full-time and available for at least 2 years from the time your visa is granted
  • be an occupation included on the current Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • have a salary that is:
  • at least $53,900 per year AND
  • at least the annual market salary rate for your nominated occupation
  • conditions of employment should be not worse than those that apply to Australians performing equivalent work in the same location
    Visa Applicant

As the visa applicant, you must (unless exempt):

  • have competent English i.e.
  • have your skills assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant skills assessing authority
  • have at least three years of full-time experience in your nominated occupation
  • be under 45 years of age
  • meet any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements
  • satisfy the relevant health and character criteria

For more information on the subclass Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme – Direct Entry Stream, and for assessing your eligibility, contact us today.