As of 14 August 2019 at 11am, Immigration SA is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa. State nomination applications for the 190 visa can continue to be submitted. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.

Applicants currently working in South Australia have access to a larger list of occupations for state nomination.

You can access:

  • State Nominated Occupation List (including Special Conditions apply occupations)
  • Supplementary Skilled List occupations
  • State nomination for the Permanent 190 visa for occupations listed as ‘Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only’

The requirement for these occupations is that you are currently working for the last 6 months in a country region of South Australia or the last 12 months in Greater Adelaide in your nominated or closely related occupation (for a minimum 20 hours per week).

If you are currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia you only need to meet the Department of Home Affairs minimum requirement of competent English (unless your occupation requires registration in South Australia - see 6.5 on the skilled nomination requirements page)

Please note: you will still need to meet Immigration SA’s work experience requirement listed under skilled nomination requirement 5.  The qualification you have completed must be included and recognised on your skills assessment. Australian or overseas qualifications are acceptable.

To be considered to be working in a country region of South Australia, you must be employed and residing in an area outside of Greater Adelaide. View the full list of eligible country region postcodes.  

If you are a 457 or 482 visa holder with more than 12 months remaining on your visa, you will need to include a letter from your current employer in your state nomination application. Your current employer will need to confirm that they consent to you applying for state nomination for a 489 or 190 visa. Immigration SA may also contact your employer directly to verify the information provided.