Employer Nominated Visas

Australia offers a range of Employer Nominated visa options which enable Australian employers to fill skills shortages with skilled workers from overseas.

The most common Employer Nominated visa type is the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa, which is a temporary visa.

Employer Nominated visas also include the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa and the Regional Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa, which are both permanent visas.

Employer Nominated Visas

Employer Nominated Visas

TSS Visas

TSS visas are granted for up to four years, depending on whether  your nominated occupation is on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Medium Long Strategic Skills  List (MLTSSL). If your occupation is on the MLTSSL, you are able to get a four year TSS visa and you will become eligible for an Employer Nominated permanent residence visa after 3 years, if your employer is willing to nominate you. Under this scheme you would be eligible for a Subclass 186 ENS visa or the subclass 187 RSMS visa.

If your occupation is on the STSOL, you are eligible to apply for two, 2 year TSS visas within Australia, with no pathway to permanent residence.

Your pathway to permanent residence via the employer nominated Subclass 186 Visa

The subclass 186 ENS visa has two streams, the subclass 186 ENS Transitional stream, for applicants who spend a qualifying period on a 457 visa or a TSS visa (as described above) and the subclass 186 ENS Direct stream for skilled workers who haven’t spent time employed by the nominating employer on a 457 visa or a TSS visa.

The subclass 187 RSMS visa also has two streams, the RSMS subclass 187 Transitional stream, which is used by applicants who hold a subclass 457 visa or a TSS visa for a qualifying period, to secure Australian permanent residence and the RSMS subclass 187 Direct stream, used for skilled workers who haven’t spent time with the nominating employer on a subclass 457 visa or a TSS visa, to secure Australian permanent residence.

There’s more information below about each type of  employer nominated visa.

Since the recent changes and the introduction of the TSS Visa (which superseded the 457 Visa),  this area of immigration has become quite complex and difficult to navigate, with many pitfalls for the inexperienced. We strongly recommend you consult with an experienced immigration lawyer or register migration agent if you’re keen to acquire an employer nominated visa, rather than risk the negative ramifications of a visa refusal. AHWC Immigration Law (formerly Australia Here We Come Migration) has a dedicated team attending to all types of employer nominated visas, included the TSS Visa, Subclass 186 (direct entry and transitional), and Subclass 187 (direct entry and transitional).


Employer Nominated