This scheme is designed for Australian employers to recruit workers to satisfy genuine shortages for specific skills that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market, at the same time enabling Australia to compete globally. Employees can be either overseas or temporary residents currently in Australia, but they need to be highly skilled workers.
The ENS process comprises two steps:
- employer nomination of the applicant
- nominee's application
The nomination must be lodged before the nominee's application.
In addition to other criteria, the position must correspond to a highly skilled occupation that appears on a list of occupations gazetted for the purposes of the ENS.
The nominee must meet all the eligibility criteria, the most important of which is that:
the nominee must have been working full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation on a temporary residence visa for at least 2 years prior to the visa application (including at least the last 12 months with the nominating employer).
Failing this, the nominee, at the time of application should have qualifications that are assessed (by the appropriate assessment body) as equivalent to the Australian standard for the nominated position, and have 3 years post-qualification full-time work experience in the occupation immediately before the visa application is lodged.
Nominees also need to be under 45 years and have vocational English.
In case the nomination is not approved, the decision is reviewable by the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT). We provide services and representation at the MRT. Find out how we can assist you in the MRT process.
If the nominee fails to meet the regulatory criteria for a visa, the employer will be able to recruit someone else without completing a fresh nomination. The new nominee must lodge their application within 6 months of the approval of the original nomination.
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