The South Australian Government wants you to settle easily and be successful in your investment and business activities.

Services for new arrivals

Immigration SA provides free support services to business migrants including one-on-one meetings in Adelaide with the business migration team to help with your successful settlement.  These services include:

  1. Register your arrival
  2. Business migrant appointments
  3. Business updates
  4. Resources to help start your business
  5. Settlement information 
  6. Networking and keeping in contact
  7. Help with English


Thank you for choosing South Australia. Once we receive notification that your visa has been granted, we will ask that you register your intended or actual arrival date in South Australia, which validates your obligation and commitment to South Australia.

Registering your arrival also enables Immigration SA to keep you up to date on information, business opportunities and relevant news and services available to you to assist you in your settlement journey and connects you to professional supports, services, events, programs and tailored assistance offered by Immigration SA to newly arrived business migrants.



  1. You must register your arrival date within two months of your arrival to South Australia. 
  2. Only primary applicants nominated by the South Australian Government are required to register their arrival. 
  3. If you have arrived to validate your visa you are still required to register your arrival.

Before you register

  • Ensure you have received a visa grant notice from the Australian Government
  • Ensure you have a current and valid email address, this will be an important communication method with Immigration SA.

How to register

  • Create or validate your Immigration SA Apply website account. You may already have set up this account, however if you used a migration agent to complete the nomination on your behalf, we will have created one for you when your visa was granted. You would have received instructions on how to access the account in the email confirming your visa grant. 
  • Navigate to the ‘Actions’ section of your client homepage
  • Select the ‘Update’ button next to the ‘Register My Arrival' action
  • Enter your arrival date and select ‘Update’.

Your responsibilities

  • Your registration will enable you to meet your nomination requirements to the South Australian Government and access free support services.
  • You should read the privacy policy and disclaimer statement on this website.

Immigration SA offers one-hour appointments for business migrants to communicate directly with our Business team. This service helps business migrants with relevant information and useful business contacts that may help the success of your business. It also provides information and clarification on your obligations in meeting your state nomination requirements.

The meetings are:

  • A free person-to-person service provided by Immigration SA for:
    • Business migrants during their time as provisional visa holders and for 132 visa holders until their 2 year review
    • Potential business migrants visiting South Australia
  • Designed to answer any questions relating to nomination requirements and settlement in South Australia
  • Conducted in English 


  1. You must meet with Immigration SA’s business migration team within two months of your arrival to South Australia. 
  2. If your visa subclass requires you to conduct business(es) in South Australia, we highly recommend you attend a business migrant appointment before starting a business. This is to help ensure your business will meet the 892, 888 and 132 review state nomination requirements.
  3. 132 visa holders must book an appointment to meet with Immigration SA every six months.

Before you request a meeting

Request a meeting

  • Login to your account on the Immigration SA Apply website
  • Select ‘Request a Meeting’ link located at the top of the client homepage 
  • Enter up to three meeting dates that suit your availability
  • Submit your request
  • You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your request. The Business team will then contact you via email to confirm the exact appointment date and time.

Your responsibilities

  • Registration on the Immigration SA Apply website will enable you to access professional services provided for free to help with your settlement
  • Complete the business updates (where applicable) sent out by Immigration SA before your meeting so that we can have up to date information to serve you better
  • Read the privacy policy and disclaimer statement on this website
  • We encourage you to use a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accredited interpreter to ensure a professional standard of communication. Immigration SA may limit advice given at meetings if we have concerns about the quality of understanding between ourselves and our clients. Interpretive services are at your own cost. If required, you will need to organise interpretive services for appointments
  • To book an interpreter please contact: 

Interpreting and Translating Centre:
Telephone: 1800 280 203 



Immigration SA will continue to be a point of contact for you within the South Australian Government. This contact will be facilitated through the open invitation to attend one-to-one meetings with the Business Migration Team and to complete six monthly updates if you are a 188 innovation stream or 132 significant business history stream visa holder.


  • Provide business updates every six months if you are a South Australian nominated 188 innovator stream or 132 significant business history stream visa holders. 

Before your update

  • Have available the information you need to update.  You will be asked for the following information:
    • ABN (Australian Business Number)
    • Business name and trading name
    • Industry sector you undertake business in
    • Business address
    • Business contact details
    • The benefit to state requirement you are fulfilling (exports, employment, financial investment or other)
    • Details on the business activities being undertaken
      • Exporting - Products and services, supplier, value and export destination.
      • Employment - Staff numbers, title, salary and full-time or part-time, casual engagement details.  
      • Investment
        • Financial - Type and value of investment.
        • Property development - Type, location, land size, number of dwellings and construction dates.

How to provide an update

  • You will receive an action notification via email when your update is due
  • Login to your account on the Immigration SA apply website
  • Navigate to the ‘Actions’ section of your client homepage
  • Select the ‘Update’ button next to the ‘Business Migrant Update’ action
  • Follow the prompts and complete the questions

Your responsibilities

  • As part of your obligation to South Australia, you are required to complete regular business updates so that we can understand the progress your business has made and better assist you towards success.

The South Australian Government has developed a guide to doing business in South Australia to help you understand some of the main requirements and relevant points for starting and operating a business in South Australia, including if you are looking to buy all or part of an existing business.

South Australian Exporters
Immigration SA together with the Australian China Business Council (ACBC), has created a dedicated business migration export section on the dual language web portal - SA China Connect - where South Australian businesses can promote their locally made products to business migrants, and business migration clients can source local South Australian suppliers looking to trade with China. 

A Guide To Start a business in South Australia



Immigration SA has developed an information pack to assist your relocation to South Australia.

Download the Arrival Information Pack.


Immigration SA will invite you to participate in business networking and other events and respond to business updates.  Therefore, please maintain current email contact details with Immigration SA.

Event invitations will be issued through the Immigration SA Apply Website, and we encourage you to manage your registration(s) to such events in accordance with the instructions contained on the website.



  • Inform Immigration SA if personal, residential or business circumstances change if you are a holder of provisional visa subclass 163, 164, 165 and 188 or permanent visa subclass 132.

Before your update

  • Have available the information you need to update.  

How to provide an update

  • Login to your account on the Immigration SA Apply website
  • Select the ‘My Profile’ button at the top of your client homepage
  • Provide your updated details.

Your responsibilities

  • As part of your obligation to South Australia, you are required to ensure you keep us informed of any changes to your personal details so that we can keep you informed of any information that may relate to your visa.

Meetings are conducted in English so if this is not your first language we encourage you to use the services of an interpreter registered with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Interpretive services are at your own cost and Immigration SA is not able to organise services on your behalf.

To book an interpreter contact:
Interpreting and Translating Centre
Telephone: (+61 8) 8226 1990