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Employer Nominated Scheme (Subclass 121/ 856)
This visa is for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in their business.
The employees can be either:
- Highly skilled workers from overseas (Subclass 121)
- Highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia (Subclass 856)
The requirements for the ENS Visa have two stages:
Stage 1: Employer Nomination for a Position
Stage 2: Visa Application
Stage 1 - Employer Nomination for a Position
The employer needs to show the following:
- Company is lawfully and actively operating in Australia;
- Company has a sound business record and abides by immigration laws;
- Company has a commitment to training staff;
- Company has met the Labour Market Test (LMT)
- Company has a genuine need for a position (occupation) on the appropriate government list;
- The position is full time and for at least 3 years; and
- The position is to be paid at or above a minimum salary level.
Stage 2 – Visa Application
The employee needs to show the following:
- Employee has the required skills for the position.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 119/857)
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia, to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.
This visa is for employers operating in regional and low population growth areas of Australia, who want to sponsor skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies in their business.
The employees applying for a visa can be either of the following:
- skilled workers from overseas
- skilled temporary residents currently in Australia.
Visa applicants who are currently living and/or working in Australia on a qualifying visa can apply for the onshore RSMS (subclass 857) visa. If you do not hold a qualifying visa, you may still be eligible to apply in Australia if you last held a qualifying visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging an application.
The offshore RSMS (subclass 119) visa is for applicants who are outside Australia.
Eligibility for nomination
In addition to the above, the department will also assess the application against the following criteria:
- the nomination has been approved by the relevant Regional Certifying Body
- the business follows all relevant Australian laws and has a satisfactory record of meeting immigration laws (if applicable)
- the nominated position is in a business operated by the employer
- the position is being remunerated in accordance with relevant workplace legislation and awards.
Before lodging an application, please read all related requirements.
The employer must make sure that all relevant workplace laws and award conditions are met.
The employer must provide the employee with a letter of offer or employment contract which states that the employee will be employed:
- for a minimum of 2 years
- in a regional area.
The employee must meet the following obligations.
- commence employment within six months of arriving in Australia or within six months of the visa grant if they are already in Australia
- remain employed in the nominated position in the regional area for at least two years.
The visa may be cancelled if the employee does not comply with these obligations to complete the two year contract with the employer.
Step 1 - Employer applies for certification
The employer must apply for certification of a nominated position with the Regional Certifying Body.
Step 2 - Employer nominates the position
The employer must lodge the certified nomination application with the department.
Step 3 - Employee applies for a visa
The employee must apply for a visa to work in Australia.
News and Events
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14 July, 2012
You can now Apply Expression of Interest(EOI) through AICA International online directly....[ read more ]
25 Jan, 2012
The new SkillSelect site is live –.[ read more ]
30 June, 2011
Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level
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