The Australian government announced several changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), the standard employer-sponsored permanent residence program, applicable to applications submitted on or after 5 December 2010.

The minimum base annual salary for foreign nationals seeking to qualify for the ENS by filling a highly paid position has been raised to AU$ 250,000 from AU$ 165,000.

Sixteen ( 16) new occupations qualify for the program after being added to the Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL). Further information is available on the DIAC website at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/ens/

Herewith the ENSOL on the Australian Federal Register of Instruments. http://tinyurl.com/2d47nlh