Employer Sponsored Migration – Permanent

Subclasses 186 & 187 Visas

The employer sponsored migration program allows employers to sponsor skilled foreign workers who are currently in Australia on a temporary basis, or who are located outside of Australia, for permanent residence to fill vacancies in their business.

There are two employer sponsored permanent visa categories:

  • the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186)
  • the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187).

The ENS allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign skilled workers for permanent residence to fill vacancies in their business.

The RSMS encourages migration to areas outside of the metropolitan centres. It allows Australian employers in regional, remote or low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor foreign skilled workers for permanent residence to fill skilled vacancies in their business.

The employer’s business, as well as the nominated position, must be located in a regional area. The RSMS covers all of Australia except Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Melbourne.

Both the subclass 186 and subclass 187 Visas are made up of three streams:

  • the ‘Direct Entry’ stream is for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market, or have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least the last two years with their nominating employer or who are applying directly from outside Australia
  • the ‘Temporary Residence Transition’ stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for their employer for at least the last two years in the nominated occupation and the employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that same occupation
  • the ‘Agreement’ stream is for applicants who are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement or regional migration agreement.