The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa enables South Australian employers to nominate skilled migrants for a provisional visa from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in South Australia to fill skill shortages in their business.

Please note:  The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) direct entry stream visa closed to new visa applications on 16 November 2019. 

Step by step guides are available providing an overview of the application process and the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) advice process for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) subclass 494 - Employer Sponsored stream.

For an employer to be eligible to nominate a position under the SESR visa, they must meet all criteria set by Department of Home Affairs.

Department of Home Affairs criteria for employer’s submitting a nomination application for SESR Employer Sponsored stream visa includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Be a standard business sponsor or have applied to be a standard business sponsor
  • Have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a skilled position.
  • Offer a genuine, skilled position; that is full-time and likely to exist for at least five (5) years. The five (5) years of employment is calculated from the date of Department of Home Affairs grant of the SESR provisional visa to the nominee (employee).
  • Offer no less than a market rate salary. The nominee's annual salary can be no less than the Temporary Skilled Income Migration Threshold (TSMIT)
  • The employment terms and conditions in accordance with those provided to Australian citizens and permanent residents in a similar position.
  • Comply with all relevant Australian immigration and workplace relations laws.
  • Nominate a skilled position on the application list

Department of Home Affairs criteria for an employee applying for a SESR Employer Sponsored stream visa includes (but is not limited to):

  • Qualifications and skills relevant to the nominated occupation.
  • Employed in the nominated occupations for at least 3 years.
  • A positive skills assessment. The skills assessment must be provided by the relevant assessing authority.
  • Competent English in each band.

Please note: this is only a summary, the full criteria is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.