The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme.
This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.
The two most popular streams are (note that the Agreement stream is also available and is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement):-
The Temporary Residence Transition stream (TRT) is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer, who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
The Direct Entry stream is for people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream or people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
There are other requirements for this permanent visa and the above outlines just some of those to make a compliant application.