This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams: 

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream 
  • the Direct Entry stream 
  • the Labour Agreement stream. 



To be eligible you must be: 

  • Be nominated by an approved Australian employer 
  • Be under 45 years of age 
  • Meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements 
  • Meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa. 

Length of stay: Permanently 

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream 

This stream is available if your employer wants to sponsor you for permanent residency. You may be eligible if you hold either of the following: 

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) – in the medium to long-term stream 
  • Temporary Work (skilled) visa (subclass 457) – not granted under labour agreement arrangements 
  • Bridging visa 

And have worked for your employer full-time in Australia on your TSS and/or subclass 457 visa for at least: 

  • Three out of the previous four years in the same position that they have nominated you for 
  • Two out of the previous three years before the nomination is made, if transitional arrangements apply because you either held, or were an applicant for, a subclass 457 visa (which was subsequently granted) on 18 April 2017


 Direct Entry (DE) stream 

If you do not meet the requirements under the TRT stream (for example, because you have never, or only briefly worked in Australia), this stream may then be available if your employer still wishes to sponsor you for permanent residence and your occupation is on this list. 

Generally, the Direct Entry stream requires you to have: 

  • At least 3 years’ work experience in your occupation, and; 
  • A formal skills assessment in your occupation. 

Skills assessments differ depending on your occupation and it’s very important to have a thorough knowledge of these requirements before you decide to go ahead with an ENS Direct Entry stream application. 


Labour Agreement (LA) stream 

Labour agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Australian Government which allows for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers. A visa granted under a labour agreement will be a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) unless the agreement provides for a permanent residence pathway.  


If you would like more information about your application or pricing, please get in touch here, as information varies on a case by case basis.