South Australia nomination update for 491 visa

South Australian (SA) Government has recently announced new changes to their nomination process. As you would know, COVID-19 has drastically changed the migration policy for the 2020-21 year. As such, applicants who are in the critical sectors will be prioritised. Below we will go through SA nomination requirements.

As usual, to apply for SA nomination, you will have to meet the minimum eligibility requirement as prescribed by the Department of Home Affairs. That is, you must be under 45 years old, have an occupation on SA’s Skilled Occupation List, and have a positive skills assessment.

This year, SA has introduced concessions and waivers for eligible applicants.

Talent and Innovators Program

This is a new program which will allow SA to nominate applicants under three streams. There will be an employment stream, independent talent stream and small business and start up stream. More information will be published in October 2020.

Currently working in SA

This program is also divided into three categories.

Currently working in SA

If you are presently working in SA, you may be eligible for this priority program. More information will be available in October 2020.

Currently living and working in outer regional SA

You must be working in your nominated occupation in outer regional SA for at least 15 hours per week. Eligible postcodes can be found here.

Long term residents – Graduate – Subclass 491 Only

This is available to former graduate of SA who is currently residing in SA, who has either:

  • Resided in SA for the last 5 years, and is currently working for the last 12 months in  in any skilled occupation, including all Skill Level 1, 2, 3 occupations and Skill Level 4 Carers and Aides occupations (the occupation you are working in does not have to be related to your nominated occupation).
  • Resided in SA for the last 7 years and is currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia in any of the occupations within  the ANZSCO 2 digit sub-major group listed below (does not have to be a skilled occupation or related to your nominated occupation).
  • 82 Construction and Mining Labourers
    83 Factory Process Workers
    iii.84 Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

International graduate must work at least 20 hours per week for Greater Adelaide and at least 15 hours per week for outer regional SA.

Long term residents – Non- Graduate – Subclass 491 Only

This is also available to other temporary visa holders:

You must have resided in SA for at least 5 years and must currently be working for at least 12 months in SA in any occupation. The work must be at least 20 hours per week for Greater Adelaide and at least 15 hours per week for outer regional SA.

International Graduate of SA

As an international graduate of SA, you may be eligible for priority stream as well. Below are the requirements:

  • Your SA qualification must be in the same field as your skills assessment and nominated occupation.
  • The course must be CRICOS registered and a minimum of 46 weeks,
  • At least 50% of the degree is completed in SA.
  • Must have resided at least 1 year during your study.
  • Must have continued to reside in SA after graduating.
  • Must be currently working in your nominated occupation for the last 3 months in SA. However, if you are a high performing graduate and/or has high English proficiency, you may be eligible for a work experience waiver.

Above are the new priority program available to visa applicant.

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