The contents of this article are correct as at 6 July 2012.
On 1 July 2012, DIAC made significant changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). From this date the Department ceased accepting ENS applications for visa subclasses 121 and 856, and RSMS applications for visa subclasses 119 and 857.
The Department has removed the distinction between onshore and offshore visa subclasses and has created two new visa subclasses, available to applicants located on and offshore: ENS Visa subclass 186 and RSMS visa subclass 187. The Department now requires all ENS and RSMS applications to be made online.
These administrative changes are accompanied by changes to eligibility criteria. Applicants must now apply for an ENS visa under one of two streams:
In summary, the revised policy provides that:
Information about eligibility requirements under each stream, as well as information about the requirements to apply for an RSMS visa if your employment is located in a regional area of Australia, can be found on our website.
If you would like to discuss your options for applying for an employer nominated permanent visa please feel free to contact us.