ENS and RSMS Changes - The WinnersBy Mark Webster
10 April 2012 The changes to the permanent employer sponsored visas (ENS and RSMS) coming in on 1 July 2012 are quite significant. People will be affected differently by the new changes depending on their circumstances. This article goes through the main winners - and losers - under the new system. This is the first part of a two-article series, and in today's article we cover the people who will be better off under the new system - the Winners!
ENS/RSMS Eligibility StreamsThe requirements for ENS and RSMS vary depending on which "eligibility stream" you apply under from 1 July. To appreciate the impact of the changes, it's important to have an understanding of the eligibility streams:
- Temporary Residence Transition: where applicants have worked with the employer on a 457 visa for the last 2 years. Applicants in this category have a streamlined pathway onto permanent residence through ENS and RSMS from 1 July.
- Direct Entry Stream: for applicants who have not worked in Australia, or who have worked in Australia on a visa other than a 457 visa. Criteria for these applicants are higher - for ENS they must have a skills assessment and 3 years of work experience in their occupation, and RSMS applicants must get approval from a Regional Certifying Body and may also require skills assessment.
- Agreement Stream: for applicants whose employer has a Labour Agreement. Labour agreements are special arrangements individually negotiated with the Department of Immigration, and allow sponsorship in a wider range of occupations and are required for the "on-hire" or "labur hire" industry.
1. People on 457 visas in non-ENS occupationsThere are many people on 457 visas who have been sponsored in an occupation which is not on the current ENS Occupations List. Examples of such occupations include:
- Cafe or Restaurant Manager
- Customer Service Managers
- Various IT specialisations
- Intermediate service managers (eg
- Divers and Diving Instructors