From 20 July 2021, South Australia will open its Skills Migration program for the financial year 2021 – 2022 and start receiving applications for 190 and 491 nominations. For this financial year nomination allocation, South Australia has been allocated 2,600 places for 190 and 491, which is 600 more places compared the financial year 2020 – 2021. This would mean that there are more chances to get a nomination from South Australia Government.
The state nomination requirement in South Australia, as always, is the most complex and difficult to navigate. However, it is also considered an opened and generous skilled migration program in Australia when this state opens its doors to applicants not residing in South Australia as well as offshore applicants.
There are several streams under which you can apply for a state nomination in South Australia, depending on your situation. However, there is a set of common requirements that you need to meet, and we will put these requirements in the simplest way.
|Residency||· If you are in South Australia: you might be eligible to apply for almost all streams in the program.
· If you are in Australia, but not in South Australia: you can only apply through the Talent & Innovator Employment Stream
· If you are offshore: you can check the South Australia’s Skilled List to see which occupations are eligible for the state nomination.
|Age||You must be under 45 at the time of nomination.|
|Occupation||Your occupation must be on the South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List.
Note: each occupation might have their own set of requirements and you must meet these requirements.
|Skills Assessment||You must have a valid positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation.|
|Work Experience||Work experience will depend on your nominated occupation.
If you are required to meet work experience, it must be undertaken post-course completion, and must be at least 20 hours/ week.
You might be waived the work experience in some circumstances.
|English||English requirement varies depending on your occupation. However, the minimum English requirement is Competent English.|
|Points||Although the minimum points required by the Department of Home Affairs is 65 (including state nomination points), you might need to have high points as required by your nominated occupation.|
Unlike the majority of other states/ territories in Australia, the requirement of Skilled Migration program in South Australia also depends heavily on which occupation you are nominating. The occupation list in South Australia not only informs you which occupations are eligible for the state nominations, but also shows you what requirements you have to meet. Navigating the occupational list in detail is important to understand:
We have consolidated the occupation list of South Australia, together with their requirement in a simple way for your reference. You can access the list here.
There are 3 priority streams in the program, and each stream has various categories:
The Talent and Innovators program allows the state to nominate applicants under one of the following five streams.
All occupations eligible for migration through state-nomination are available through the Talent and Innovators program. Successful applicants will demonstrate how they bring new ideas, skills and innovation to South Australia and can create local jobs.
There are concessions and waivers available and eligibility will be primarily dependent on:
The requirement of the 3 categories vary as below
A plus point for this stream is that you do not need to work in your nominated occupation, however, the experience you have must be at skill level 1, 2 or 3. Lower skill level occupations such as cleaners, drivers, kitchenhands are not eligible.
To be eligible for the International Graduate of South Australia (SA Graduate) pathway, the following requirements apply:
Waivers to the skilled work experience requirements are available for selected SA graduates if you apply through the Talent and Innovators program – high performing graduate stream.
Applying for a General Skilled Migration Visa can be confusing as there are small intricacies in migration law. To alleviate your stress and worry about how to apply for the visa, you can book a time with us to help you understand the processes to make sure that you are on the right track.