Immigration South Australia

To qualify for state nomination you must meet all nomination requirements relevant to your situation and occupation.

You must ultimately meet all the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) criteria and requirements.

Before applying for State Nomination, you should work out if you have sufficient points on the DIBP points test to apply for the 190 permanent or the 489 provisional visa.

Please read through the nomination requirements below and the document checklist before applying.

1.1 State nomination is provided to meet skills needs of this state and is granted on the basis of the applicant’s genuine interest and commitment to living and working in South Australia for two years from the date of arrival, with a view to long-term settlement.

You must confirm this commitment by:

1.1.1 Undertaking first-hand, thorough and meaningful research on South Australia and providing your reasons for wanting to migrate to South Australia in the online application form.

1.1.2 Undertaking research on job opportunities in South Australia and any occupation licensing or registration requirements.

1.1.3 If you are onshore, you may be required to provide evidence of South Australian residence and that your employment has primarily been in South Australia.

1.2 When you arrive in South Australia on a state nominated General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa, you are required to:

1.2.1 Register your arrival online with Immigration SA

1.2.2 Provide up to date contact details online to Immigration SA for your first two years in South Australia

1.2.3 Complete employment surveys during your first two years in South Australia

1.3 The following commitment to state restrictions apply.

1.3.1 If you are in Australia but not residing in South Australia, you are ineligible to apply for South Australian state nomination.  This restriction includes South Australian international graduates residing interstate and overrides chain migration and high points categories.

1.3.2 If you are residing offshore or in South Australia and you completed your Australian qualification outside South Australia in the last 3 years, you can only apply for the provisional 489 visa unless:

  • At least 6 months of your skilled work experience was undertaken in South Australia (489 or 190 is available)

OR

  • You meet the requirements for Chain Migration (489 or 190 is available). 

2.1 You must be under 50 years of age at the time of the nomination decision.

2.2 You must factor in Immigration SA’s nomination processing times as there is no fast-tracking of applications for reasons associated with age.

3.1 To be nominated, you must have an occupation on our State Nominated Occupation List and meet the eligibility requirements for that occupation. These occupations are available for 190 or 489 nomination.

3.2 All applicants can apply for occupations listed as 'available' (high availability, medium availability or low availability) on the State Nominated Occupation List.

3.3 Each occupation listed has a planning level and should this be reached, the occupation will then be listed as “Special Conditions Apply”. To apply for an occupation which has met its planning level, you must meet the requirements listed under Special conditions apply & Supplementary Skilled List below.

Further information about the State nominated occupation lists can be found here.

Special conditions apply & Supplementary Skilled List

3.4 You can access occupations that appear as ‘Special conditions apply’ on the State Nominated Occupation List or occupations listed on the Supplementary Skilled List if you meet the requirements listed under one of the following categories:

3.4.1 If you are international graduate of South Australia, visit International Graduate Occupation and Waiver Requirements.  

3.4.2 If you have been working in a skilled occupation in South Australia for a minimum period of time, visit Currently Working in South Australia

3.4.3 If you have an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia, see requirements for Chain Migration.

3.4.4. If you have high points on the DIBP points test (including State nomination points), visit High Points to check if you are eligible to apply.

3.5 Immigration SA is able to offer a limited number of nominations for occupations listed as special conditions apply or on the Supplementary Skilled List. Planning levels apply to all occupations and availability is subject to change. Once planning levels are reached, occupations may be closed or further requirements may apply. Priority will be given to applicants based on length of employment in South Australia.

3.6 If you are applying for occupations under special conditions apply or the Supplementary Skilled List, you must meet the same state nomination requirements for commitment to state, age, skills assessment, work experience, English and financial capacity.

3.7 International graduates of South Australia should see if they are eligible for any waivers or exemptions for work experience, English or financial capacity before applying.  

4.1 You must have a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation.  Links to relevant Skills Assessing Authorities can be found on the Lists of State Nominated Occupations .

4.2 Copies of qualifications or certificates in lieu of a positive skills assessment will not be accepted.

4.3 A positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment is required even if the qualification was obtained in Australia.

4.4 For international graduates of South Australia, the skills assessment must be in their nominated occupation and field of study in South Australia.

4.5 Skills assessments must have been issued within the last three years or if the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period, the skills assessment is only valid until that specified date. The skills assessment must be valid at time of nomination decision.

5.1 At least one year of skilled work experience in the past three years unless your occupation has a higher work experience requirement. Certain exemptions to this requirement may apply to international graduates of South Australia.

5.2 Skilled work experience is defined as at least 20 hours per week of paid employment in a skilled occupation on the Lists of State Nominated Occupations. The skilled work experience does not need to be in your nominated or closely related occupation unless your occupation requires additional work experience (see 5.4 below).

5.3 Skilled work experience is assessed as being after successful completion of the relevant qualification(s).

5.4 Where additional work experience is listed for your occupation (for example, 2 or 3 years work experience), you will need to demonstrate that you have this amount of work experience in the field of your nominated occupation. Certain exemptions to this may apply if you are an international graduate of South Australia.  

5.5 If you are offshore and relying on Australian skilled work experience to meet the work experience requirement you are only eligible to apply if at least 6 months of this has been achieved in South Australia.

5.6 If you are onshore and relying on Australian skilled work experience to meet the work experience requirement, you are only eligible to apply if at least 6 months of this has been achieved in South Australia and you are currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week). 

6.1 You must meet the English language level required for your nominated occupation.  Exemptions may apply for international graduates of South Australia.

6.2 Immigration SA accepts the following English language tests:

  • IELTS                    -   International English Language Test System (Academic or General)
  • OET                       -   Occupational English Test (For Health Professionals only)
  • PTE Academic       -   Pearson Test of English Academic
  • TOEFL iBT           -    Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet Based Test
  • CAE                       -   Cambridge English: Advanced

The English Language test that you provide will need to be less than three (3) years old at the time you apply for your visa, not at the time of nomination decision. If you are submitting a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test, the test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2015.

6.3 The Immigration SA English requirement for your occupation will be detailed on the Lists of State Nominated Occupations as: Competent in each score (or Competent Plus overall), Competent Plus in each score (or Proficient overall) or Proficient in each score (or Proficient Plus overall).   If you meet the higher overall score requirement, no band score can be below Competent English. For details of the minimum scores required for your particular English test, view the English test comparison table.

6.4 Passport holders and citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from providing an English test result.

6.5 If you are currently registered to practice as a health professional or education professional in South Australia, you can upload a current registration certificate to practice in South Australia and provide an English language test result which meets the ‘Competent’ requirement. You do not need to meet any additional English requirements listed on the State Nominated Occupation Lists.

6.6 Some skills assessing authorities may have a higher English language requirements that you will be required to meet. Please check with your skills assessing authority prior to applying.

6.7 If your occupation requires registration or licensing in South Australia, you will need to ensure you meet English requirement set by the registration or licencing authority to work in South Australia. Occupations with registration requirements include trades, education and health professions.

7.1 You must ensure that you have sufficient funds for settlement when you arrive in South Australia. Evidence of financial capacity is not required. However, Immigration SA reserves the right to seek additional information or evidence at a later stage if necessary. The requirement depends on whether you are applying offshore or onshore.

7.2 Financial requirement:

You need to have combined cash and assets within the range listed in the table below. As a guideline, when you arrive in South Australia, Immigration SA recommends that offshore applicants have $20,000 in cash and onshore applicants have $5,000 in cash for settlement. You should not dispose of any assets before the visa is granted.

7.3 If you are an Australian international graduate, you can claim financial support from your parent(s). Your parent(s) need to complete the Financial Capacity Declaration and this must be uploaded in your online application.

Family composition Offshore Applicant:
Combined cash & assets requirement
Onshore Applicant:
Combined cash & assets requirement
Main applicant only Total figure between AUD $ 20,000 - 25,000 Total figure between AUD $5,000 - 10,000
Main applicant plus one (1) dependent Total figure between AUD $25,000- 30,000 Total figure between AUD $ 10,000 - 15,000
Main applicant plus two (2) dependents Total figure between AUD $30,000 - 35,000 Total figure between AUD $15,000 - 20,000
Main applicant plus three (3) dependents Total figure between AUD $35,000 - 40,000 Total figure between AUD $20,000 - 25,000

8.1 For Immigration SA to approve your nomination in Skill Select you need to have an EOI which meets the DIBP criteria and Immigration SA requirements.

8.2 Your nominated occupation in your EOI must match your nominated occupation on your Immigration SA online application.

8.3 Your personal details in your EOI must be the same as your Immigration SA online application.

8.4 There must be no discrepancies between the information provided on your Immigration SA online application and the information recorded in your EOI.

8.5 You must meet the required DIBP pass mark for the 190 / 489 visa subclasses (the current pass mark is 60 points).  If you are applying under the high point’s requirements to access special conditions apply occupations or the Supplementary Skilled List your EOI must show 85 points or higher (including state nomination points).  You will need to ensure you meet all DIBP requirements and have documented evidence to support your points claim.

8.6 Your EOI number must be recorded correctly, otherwise Immigration SA will be unable to locate you in SkillSelect and your state nomination application will be refused.

8.7 If you are refused for any of the above reasons you can re-apply for state nomination. However, you must meet all state nomination requirements.

8.8 If you have made an error in your EOI, Immigration SA can assist you depending on the status of your application.  The following actions can be taken:

8.8.1 Applied for state nomination but decision hasn’t been made by Immigration SA You need to edit EOI details prior to the Immigration SA decision being made & email Immigration SA to advise you have amended the EOI. If you are nominated by Immigration SA, the EOI is frozen and cannot be edited.

8.8.2 Nominated by Immigration SA but hasn’t lodged DIBP visa application You need to advise Immigration SA by email that a mistake has been made on the EOI. You must provide details of the mistake to Immigration SA.

8.8.3 Nominated by Immigration SA and lodged DIBP visa You must notify Immigration SA by email within 14 calendar days of the mistake in the EOI. You must provide details of the mistake to Immigration SA and any DIBP correspondence received (for example, visa withdrawal or refusal confirmation).

9. International Graduates of South Australia

International graduates of South Australia have access to a more extensive list of occupations for state nomination.  In addition, if you do not meet state nomination requirements for work experience, English or financial capacity, there may be waivers or exemptions available to you. Refer to International Graduate Occupation and Waiver Requirements to see if you can access more occupations and any exemptions or waivers.  

10. Currently working in South Australia

Access to additional occupations is available if you are currently living and working in South Australia in your nominated or closely related occupation and have been for 6 months or more in a country region of South Australia or 12 months or more in Greater Adelaide. You must be working for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Refer to currently working in South Australia to see if you can access more occupations. 

11. Chain Migration-family member in South Australia

Chain migration is a state nomination pathway providing access to a broader list of occupations if you have an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia. Refer to chain migration to see if you can access more occupations.

12. High points 

If you have high points on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) points test,  you can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the main list that are special conditions apply.   Refer to High points to see if you can access more occupations.