Australia offers a range of Employer Nominated visa options which enable Australian employers to fill skills shortages with skilled workers from overseas.
Employer Nominated visas include the subclass 457 Temporary Work Skilled visa and the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa, which are both temporary visas.
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
The subclass 457 Temporary Work Skilled visa is usually granted for either two or four years, depending on the applicant’s occupation. Applicants who are granted four year visas usually have the option to transition to a subclass 186 or subclass 187 permanent visa after a qualifying period spent on the subclass 457 visa.
Similarly, the new TSS visa will usually be granted for two or four years with applicants who are granted four year visas usually eligible for an Employer Nominated permanent residence visa, similar to the subclass 186 ENS visa or the subclass 187 RSMS 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 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.