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.

UPDATE: State requirements for 190 visa

UPDATE: State requirements for 491 visa

From 8th of February 2021 onwards, skilled migrants meeting the South Australian state nomination requirements and Department of Home Affairs criteria will be able to apply directly for state nomination.

The skilled occupation list for South Australia is also now available for applicants to review their occupation requirements. To access the list, please see here.

The South Australian program is focused on:

  1. Talent and Innovators Program

This program is intended for skilled migrants who can contribute to South Australia’s priority sectors. It is divided into four streams:

  • Employment stream
  • Start-up and small business stream
  • High performing graduate stream
  • Independent talent stream
  1. Currently working in South Australia

This program is accessible for applicants who are:

  • Currently living and working in South Australia
  • Living and working in regional South Australia
  • Living and working in South Australia as a long-term resident
  1. International Graduate of South Australia

Students who complete their studies in South Australia can access additional waivers and concessions. There are various requirements to meet before the applicant can apply for this stream. Some of the requirements include:

  • The course must be CRICOS registered with a minimum of 46 weeks.
  • A minimum of 50 % of the qualification must be completed in South Australia.
  • The applicant must reside in South Australia for at least one year during his/her studies.
  • The applicant must continue to reside in South Australia post-study.
  • For subclass 190 or 491 nominations, the applicant must be working in South Australia in his/her nominated occupation.

Currently, the nomination program is not available to applicants residing offshore or in another state of Australia.

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