Permanent Employer Sponsorship
Australian permanent residency can be gained through employer sponsorship under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visas. The ENS visa can be used by employers located anywhere in Australia to sponsor overseas workers, while the RSMS visa can only be used by businesses located in regional and low population areas of the country. The benefit of these two permanent visa options for employers is that once the visa is issued, there are no on-going compliance issues with DIBP that exist under a temporary employer sponsored visa. As the overseas worker is granted Australian permanent residency, they can employ them exactly as they do their Australian staff. The benefit for the overseas worker is that on an ENS or RSMS visa, they & their accompanying family are Australian permanent residents from the outset, with the rights and stability this provides.
ENS VISA - SUBCLASS 186
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa requires a 2 year contract of employment to be offered at a market salary rate. There are also a number of other eligibility criteria the sponsoring business must meet. The visa applicant must be under 45, meet English language requirements, have the appropriate qualifications and at least 3 years relevant work experience to obtain a skill assessment.
RSMS VISA - SUBCLASS 187
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa requires a 2 year contract of employment to be offered. It also requires the employer to be located in a regional or low population growth area – this is defined by postcode and includes the entirety of South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, plus most of the other States excluding their capital cities. There are also a number of eligibility criteria that the sponsoring business must meet. The visa applicant usually has to be under 45, meet English language requirements and have relevant qualifications for the nominated position.