27 Sep 2018
With pathways to employer sponsored migration tightening, temporary visa holders currently working in South Australia may be eligible for State Nomination for a Permanent or Regional Provisional* visa via the General Skilled Migration program.
The requirements are:
- You must have a valid skills assessment for an occupation on the State Nominated Occupation List or Supplementary Skilled List; and
- Currently working (for a minimum 20 hours per week) in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for the last 6 months in a country region of South Australia or for the last 12 months in Greater Adelaide
- Meet all other State Nomination and Department of Home Affairs requirements at the time of application (for example be under 45 years of age, have competent English, be able to obtain 65 points).
Earlier processing consideration is given to onshore applicants already residing in South Australia with pending visa expiry or will no longer qualify for state nomination due to losing points for age.
Further information is available by visiting the Immigration SA website.
*Regional Provisional visa holders (subclass 489) are afforded the same work rights and conditions as a permanent resident visa holder. The only difference is that you need to show you have been living and working in a regional area, such as anywhere in South Australia, to apply for permanent residency after at least two years.