30 Mar 2017
The dramatic increase in business migrants choosing South Australia as the place to live and do business is a massive boon for the state.
Business migrant nominations have doubled from 130 in 2013-14, to 266 in 2015-16. In the 2016-17 year to date, there have already been around 300 nominations, which means SA will easily achieve the target of 250 set out in Economic Priority 9. For this financial year to date, mainland Chinese business people comprise 83 per cent of those nominated.
In addition three new migration agency offices have opened in Adelaide in the past financial year, leading to the creation of nine jobs. The offices provide consulting services to the increasing numbers of Chinese business people moving to South Australia. In 2016, 92 Chinese business migrants were granted visas – an increase on the 59 granted in 2015. Many more are expected with the State having nominated 607 overseas business people for visa grants in the past 18 months.
The new offices include C&Z Lingyu, which opened in July 2016 with two full time staff; Sky Migration Adelaide Office, which opened in December 2016 with three full time staff and Montgomery International Adelaide Office, which opened in January 2017.
The offices are giving Chinese business migrants, as well as local South Australian producers, the opportunity to have their products showcased to the China market.
The growth in migration offices is part of a key initiative in the state government’s updated China Engagement Strategy, to support new and existing Chinese migrants to South Australia.
Read more about the China Engagement strategy here.
Immigration SA team