Employer Sponsored Visa and Migration

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS - 186)


Regional Sponsored  Migration (RSMS - 187)

Specialising in Employer Sponsored Visas !

The ENS & RSMS visa pathways can be an excellent opportunity for skilled workers to obtain permanent residency. This pathway is advantageous for existing 457 visa holders with Employers that are prepared to nominate them for Australian permanent residency.   However every visa application is different and it makes good sense to obtain professional advice to help you identify the right visa solution.    


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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Call us at: 08 9375 3295    

OR Email: admin@aussievisasolutions.com



DIBP  seem to be processing application within two to three months at the moment so it is important that "complete applications" are lodged. 


It is therefore in your best interests to use a registered migration agent to manage your visa application  to ensure that your application is "decision ready"  as this will help to reduce the processing time off your RSMS/ENS (sub class 186 / 187 visa) application.  

If your Application is "complete" which means when it is lodged all required documents and information is included with the application  this allows your Case Officer to pick up the file and will not delay the application further by requesting outstanding information. 

Outstanding Police clearances often delay applications, so you need to apply for overseas penal or police clearances asap and certainly before you lodge your application"     

                                                                                     ... (Julie Teshome )    

 New changes for Skills Assessments from July, 2014

From the 1st  July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.   

Under the ENS/RSMS Pathway this would usually only be under the Direct Entry Pathway but means that
that the Skills Assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the subclass 186/187 visas.     

Contact us asap to discuss your visa options!  

The RSMS pathway allows regional businesses to nominate employees for a permanent visa and requires a commitment from employees to remain in employment with their employers.  This visa is available either “onshore” or “offshore” and can be an opportunity for businesses, who do not want to pursue the Temporary Business or 457 pathway, to nominate their skilled workers and also move their current 457 visa holders to permanent Australian visas.

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.

To apply for this visa, you must

  • be nominated by an approved employer
  • be younger than 50 years of age
  • meet the skills and qualifications requirements
  • meet English language requirements.

Exemption exist relating to age, skills and English language ability however if you think you do not meet the basic eligibility requirement this should be raised with the migration agent who will undertakes a comprehensive assessment of your situation.  If you may be exempt,  a detailed submission supporting the exemption will be prepared by the Agent.  

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.

To apply for this visa, you must:  

  • be nominated by an approved employer who will nominate you for a position in their business in regional Australia.
  • be younger than 50 years of age
  • meet the skills and qualifications requirements
  • meet English language requirements.

All possible exemptions will require a close assessment by the Migration Agent BEFORE  lodgement. 

3.   Temporary Business Visa   -  Subclass 457 Employer Sponsored Visa

The subclass 457 visa allows skilled workers to remain and work for a sponsoring employer for up to four years. This visa is a three stage visa requiring approval as a Standard Business Sponsor, Nomination of a skilled position and an application for the nominated position.

The occupation must also be on the DIAC Gazetted List of Occupations. 

 It is important to meet the English language requirements before a visa application is lodged.  Applicants must also demonstrate that they have the personal attributes and employment background that is relevant to and consistent with the nominated position.

Despite tightening of the 457 Temporary  Business Program we continue to have success with this pathway. 

Your occupation must be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).  Check this at:


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

1st July, 2013 Changes

457 Temporary Worker Skilled


Increases to Application Fees:  Significant increases to application fees apply from 1 July:      

·        Additional charges apply for each dependent family member - $900 for a spouse or dependent over 18 & $225 for any children under 18

·        Onshore applications -  a surcharge of $700 may apply for each applicant - This will depend on which visa is held and whether that visa was applied for onshore

English Language Testing    From 1 July, all 457 applicants will require English language testing unless they are exempt ie:  

  • Holders of passports from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or NZ
  • Salary level is at least $96,400
  • Applicant has completed 5 consecutive years of study in English medium at the secondary or higher education level

IELTS English language tests must be conducted prior to lodgement of the 457 visa application and obtain a score of at least 5 in each of the 4 components of IELTS.  If existing 457 visa holders they will need to meet the new English requirement if they are nominated for a second 457 visa ie  when extending their 457 with the current employer or transferring to a new employer.

Skills Assessments Required for Other  Occupations:

In the past,  Skills Assessments were required only for certain trade occupations.

From 1 July, skills assessments are required for:   Program and Project Administrator & Specialist Manager NEC .


Work Condition 8107:

There are a number of changes to the work condition 8107 which applies to 457 visa holders:  

  • They must commence work within 90 days of arrival in Australia
  • If they leave employment with the current sponsor, they have 90 days to be sponsored by a new employer before they will be considered in breach of the 8107 condition (increased from the previous 28 days)
  • If required by their occupation, the 457 holder must have the necessary licensing professional membership or registration in Australia

Other Changes include: 

Sponsors to pay for the cost of obtaining approval as a business sponsor, rather than having these be paid by the 457 applicant or another person.  



Despite tightening of the 457 Temporary Skilled Worker Program we continue to have success with this pathway. 

Please contact us to discuss your personal circumstances.

email:  admin@aussievisasolutions.com


Call us on (08) 9375 3295  


"If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would truly             astound ourselves."                                                Thomas Edison.  Registered Migration Agent

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The information provided is general only and we take no responsibility for any adverse consequence which may arise from
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