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Employer Nominated Migration

These visas are designed to meet the needs of employers in the current work place.  This allows employers to recruit and nominate skilled people to fill positions that the employer cannot fill from the local Australian labour market or through their own training programs.   The Employer Nominated Migration category is part of the Skilled Migration stream; therefore emphasis is placed upon the employees skills.  Employee Nominated Migration has four categories, they are:

  1. Employer Nominate Scheme
  2. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
  3. Labour Agreements
  4. Invest Australia Supported Skills

These visas can be applied for by people both onshore and offshore, in certain circumstances.

The employer nominated scheme allows employers to recruit highly skilled workers and nominate them for a permanent residence visa. The focus of the employer nominated scheme is to enhance Australia’s ability to compete in the international market place, to maximize the training and employment of Australian residents; and the increase in skills and technology through the transferring of knowledge and skills.

The Employer Nominated Scheme has two phases, namely:

  1. The employer must apply to DIAC for approval of the nominated position.
  2. If approved, the nominee proceeds with the application for the visa.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is similar to the employer nominated scheme, but is specifically targeted to the regional and low population growth areas of Australia where the employers are having trouble attracting skilled employees.   The regional sponsored migration scheme is different to the employer nominated scheme as the workers do not have to be highly skilled as defined in the employer nominated scheme and there is no national labour market testing requirement.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme has three stages, namely:

  1. Regional body must certify employer’s nomination.
  2. Nomination by the employer
  3. Nominee’s make application for the visa





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