Employer Sponsored Visa and Migration

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS - 186)

Regional Sponsored  Migration (RSMS - 187)

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa  ie the existing 457 visa.  

Immediate changes to the 457 Visa Program

There has been significant changes to the Employer Sponsored Pathway and it is strongly recommended that potential applicants seek assistance from Registered Migration Agents prior to lodging any applications under this pathway.   

457 sponsorship, nomination or visa applications that are NOT listed in the relevant Instrument and NOT decided by 18th April 2017 will not be approved.    This means that Nominations already lodged also need to meet the new requirements.

New 457 applications lodged from 19 April 2017 onwards  have to have their occupation on the STSOL or MLTSSL occupation lists.       This can be found at:   https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/combined-stsol-mltssl       

If Applicants are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 off the STSOL list the visa will only be granted for two years and there will be one further extension allowed after that for another 2 years.

Applicants will not be allowed to apply for a permanent 186/187 visa under that occupation if it is on the STSOL.

However, if Applicants are granted a 457 visa after 18 April 2017 are on the MLTSSL list, it can be granted for 4 years.

Increases to Application Fees: 

Significant increases to application fees will also apply increasing the DIBP fee for a four year 457 visa more than doubling to $2,400 and a two year visa to $1,150

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The ENS & RSMS permanent visa pathways have undergone significant changes that will continue to impact on potential visa applicants and will be introduced over the next 12 months.  .   

  • Applicants will be able to be apply for a permanent 186/187 visa after 3 years on a 457 visa if the same company nominates employees.  
  • 216 occupations have been removed and 59 occupations restricted, including 24 occupations restricted to Regional Australia.  ie all of Western Australia. 
  • The English salary exemption of $96,400 will be removed from July, 2017, training benchmarks are to be changed, and applicants are expected to provide mandatory Penal Clearances.
  • In addition there will be the collection of Tax File Number information for 457 visa holders to allow data matching with the Australian Tax Office.
  • By March, 2018 the 457 Visa will be replaced by the TSS visa which will be either a Short term 2 year visa or a Medium Term - 4 year visa.
  • Mandatory Labour Market Testing will also be necessary.

Changes to the 186/187 Permanent Visa Program

The CSOL list has now been reduced by 216 occupations and 24 occupations which are restricted to regional Australia ie all of Western Australia. 

From July, 2017 it will be necessary to obtain an IELTS level 6 in EACH component and the Direct Entry pathway is restricted to 45 years of age.  

From March, 2018 the new MLTSS will apply to this pathway though a bonus will be the addition of some regional occupations.  It will also be necessary to meet the Market Salary and TSMIT.  In the past Nominations only need to meet the "Market Rate"  The eligibility period for the Temporary Transitional pathway is also to be extended to 3 rather than the current 2 years.  

The Prime Minister has mentioned some "grandfathering" arrangement for existing 457 visa holders but at this stage nothing specific has been announced


These are significant changes and will require close examination and assessment of potential applicants circumstances prior to lodging any visa application.   If not, then applicants risk losing considerable funds if their applications are refused by DIBP.  

Getting the right migration advice is an investment for your future life in Australia.  With the Immigration regulations constantly changing you need to be aware how this will impact on your business or your visa application.   Whether you are a business owner or an individual, we have the necessary experience to manage the full visa process.


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Regional Australian Visa Solutions

The Australian government are encouraging both employers and employees to pursue this pathway to Australian permanent residency.   We have a number of clients in regional WA and we tailor our services to find visa solutions to the specific migration needs of these individuals and businesses.   

Whether you own a small business, you are a HR manager, an employee or want to sponsor skilled overseas workers we can provide a personalised service to meet your specific needs.       

An initial investment in our professional services will ensure that your valuable time is spent on "core business" rather than trying to unravel the complex Australian immigration laws and regulations.   

 As a company/business sponsor it is important to comply with your sponsorship obligations and ensure you met monitoring requirements.  DIAC have recently strengthened these powers and Employers must ensure they have in place appropriate records and meet their obligations.   

1.    The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS - 186 )

This a solution for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in Australia. The employees can be either from overseas or highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia. ie 457 visa holders.

The ENS is a two stage process involving:

  1. Approval of employer's nomination
  2. Visa application from nominee. 

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who currently live and work in Australia.

2.     Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS - subclass 187 )

This is a solution allowing Australian employers in regional and low population growth areas to  fill fulltime skilled vacancies with overseas workers,  where employers have not been able to locate suitably qualified local workers.  This usually requires certification by Regional Certifying Bodies.

The RSMS is a three stage process requiring:

1.   Certification of the nomination by a Regional Certifying Body
2.   Nomination of an approved appointment

3.   Nominee application for a visa.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who currently live and work in Australia.

Employer Sponsored Visa
Please contact us to discuss your personal circumstances or complete our online Assessment.

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