General skilled migration
Skilled – Nominated (Permanent) Visa subclass 190:
This skilled visa allows the Government of South Australia, through Immigration SA, to nominate suitably qualified candidates to live and work in South Australia permanently. State nomination of this visa subclass is worth five points towards meeting the DIBP points test.
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 489:
This is a ‘regional’ skilled nominated visa allows the Government of South Australia, through Immigration SA, to nominate suitably qualified candidates to live and work in South Australia for 4 years. However, if applicants live in South Australia for two years and work full time for 12 months of that 2 year period, they may be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
State nomination of this visa subclass is worth 10 points towards meeting the DIBP points test.
*The entire State of South Australia is defined as ‘regional’ and Adelaide is the only mainland State capital included in this definition.
Nomination criteria for permanent and provisional visas include:
A positive skills assessment for an occupation on South Australia’s State Nominated Occupation Lists.
Recent work experience in a skilled occupation or eligible for a work experience waiver as a recent South Australian international graduate
An appropriate English language test result* which meets Immigration SA’s requirement for your nominated occupation.
*Passport holders and citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand are not required to provide an English language test result.
One of the requirements for successful nomination is that applicants must commit to living in South Australia for at least two years from arrival and demonstrate sufficient funds to sustain themselves and their family while they are seeking employment. Migrants are responsible for finding employment themselves once they arrive in South Australia.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent) Visa subclass 187:
This visa is designed to help South Australian employers fill skilled, full-time vacancies that they cannot fill from the local labour market. Under this scheme, employers may nominate workers from overseas or temporary residents already in Australia by lodging an application with DIBP. For employers nominating an applicant under the Direct Entry pathway of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, they must also lodge an application with the Regional Certifying Body (Immigration SA) for advice.
For business and skilled migrants seeking nomination from the South Australian Government, they must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the DIBP SkillSelect website.
For General Skilled Migration applications:
How to apply:
Lodge an expression of interest in SkillSelect, choose South Australia as your preferred state and select either 190 –Skilled Nominated visa or the 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.
If selected, you will receive an invitation from Immigration South Australia within two business days to apply for state nomination.
If you are approved for state nomination, you’ll receive an email from the DIBP inviting you to apply for your visa.
Lodge your visa application with DIBP.