General Update on Employer Sponsored (186 ENS) Visa Applications

Published on May 10, 2024

In this article, we provide a comprehensive update on Employer Sponsored (186 ENS) visa applications, shedding light on recent developments and implications for applicants.

Recent Insights from MIA:

Kris Ahn Lawyers is an active member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), Australia’s largest association for migration advocates. On 7 May 2024, we received crucial information from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) regarding 186 cases received from the Department of Home Affairs. This information is vital for understanding the current landscape of Employer Sponsored visa applications.

Relevant information extracted:

Employer Sponsored Cap and Policy Review

For the lodged Employer Nomination Scheme (Sc186) applications, 95% of visa places have been allocated for 2023/24.  While nominations continue to be approved and visas continue to be processed, the excess visa grant notifications will be held until after 1 July 2024.

The Department is undertaking a review of all employer sponsored visa policies including both temporary and permanent streams.  This review usually occurs every three years, which the MIA responded was too long between reviews. 

Processing Timeframes:

As of 30 April 2024, the Department published processing times for 186 visas, indicating varying timelines for different streams. However, the recent announcement from the Department is anticipated to impact average processing times, underscoring the need for applicants to remain vigilant and informed.

The current processing time for the 186 visas, published as of 30 April 2024, is stated to be as follows:

Employer Sponsored

Learn more: employer-sponsored-work-visas

Continued Support from Kris Ahn Lawyers:

Rest assured, our dedicated team at Kris Ahn Lawyers is committed to monitoring your case closely and providing prompt updates as soon as they become available. We understand the importance of clarity and transparency in the visa application process, and we are here to address any questions or concerns you may have.


In navigating the complexities of Employer Sponsored visa applications, staying informed and proactive is key. With our expertise and dedication, Kris Ahn Lawyers strives to guide applicants through these updates and challenges, ensuring a smooth and successful visa application experience.

For any inquiries or assistance regarding your visa application, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your immigration journey is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

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