State Nomination from South Australia

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South Australia (SA) State Nomination for Skilled and Business Visas

South Australia’s Skilled and Business Migration program provides migrants a pathway to living, working or establishing their business in South Australia through the support of State Nomination.

South Australia (SA) State Nomination for Skilled Visas

South Australia offers state nomination across two visa options for skilled migrants that provide pathways to permanent residency.

South Australia (SA) State Nomination for Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190

This is a permanent visa that allows you to stay in South Australia indefinitely. To qualify for a South Australian state nomination, there are some key requirements that you must meet. To apply for this visa you must be under the age of 45 at the time of nomination, have a valid skills assessment and an occupation listed on South Australia's Skilled Occupation List.

South Australia (SA) State Nomination for Skilled Regional Work Visa Subclass 491

This is a state nominated provisional visa for skilled migrants that allows you to live and work in South Australia for up to five years and can provide a pathway to permanent residency. To apply for this visa you must be under the age of 45 at the time of nomination, have a valid skills assessment and an occupation listed on South Australia's Skilled Occupation List. The following are the available Nomination Streams under which Subclass 491 nomination can be sought:
- Talent and Innovators Program
- Currently working in South Australia (Including Long-Term Resident of SA)
- International Graduate of South Australia

Talent and Innovators Program

The Talent and Innovators program provides opportunities and pathways for highly skilled migrants who can contribute to South Australia’s critical priority sectors. The Talent and Innovators program allows the state to nominate applicants under one of the following five streams.

Employment Stream

For highly skilled migrants who are working for South Australian businesses.

Outer Regional South Australia Workforce Stream

For skilled applicants working for outer regional South Australian businesses (who do not qualify to apply directly for state nomination but wish to provide a submission for consideration).

Start up and Small Business Stream

For entrepreneurial skilled migrants who have started their own business in South Australia.

High Performing Graduate Stream

For high performing graduates who have completed their qualification at a South Australian higher education institution.

Independent Talent Stream

For high calibre applicants seeking state nomination.

Currently working in South Australia (Including Long-Term Resident of SA)

If you are currently living and working in South Australia, you may qualify for this stream and additional concessions and waivers. There are concessions and waivers available and eligibility will be primarily dependent on:

Currently Living and Working in South Australia

If you have been living and working in South Australia, you must be working at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight in your nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia for the duration required for your nominated occupation, unless specified differently for your occupation. If you are working part time (less than 35 hours per week) you may be offered a 491 nomination only.

If you are applying for subclass 491 nomination, you must be currently working for the last 6 months in South Australia, unless specified differently for your occupation. If you are applying for subclass 190 nomination, you must be currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia, unless specified differently for your occupation.

Living and Working in Regional South Australia

Concessions to the work experience requirements are available for applicants who are living and working in outer regional South Australia. To be considered to be working in outer regional South Australia, you must be employed and residing in an area outside of Greater Adelaide.

If you are currently residing and working for the last 12 months in outer regional South Australia in any occupation (does not have to be a skilled occupation nor related to your nominated occupation) you may be eligible to be nominated for a 491 visa nomination.

If you are currently residing and working for the last 24 months in outer regional South Australia in any occupation (does not have to be a skilled occupation nor related to your nominated occupation) you may be eligible to be nominated for 190 visa nomination.

Living and Working in SA as a Long-Term Resident

Option One: International Graduates and Partners

If you are a former international graduate of South Australia or a partner of an international graduate of South Australia, currently residing in South Australia you may be eligible for subclass 491 nomination, if:
- You have resided continuously in South Australia (at time of state nomination application) for the last 3 years.
- You are currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia in a skilled occupation that is not your nominated occupation, including all Skill Level 1, 2, 3 occupations and Skill Level 4 Carers and Aides occupations.
- While you must be currently working in a skilled occupation in SA, your 12 months skilled work experience can be gained over the last 3 years.
- Your 12 months skilled work experience in South Australia must be at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight.
- If you have recently commenced working in your nominated or closely related occupation, but have 12 months of work experience in other skilled occupations, you are still eligible to apply.
- Lower skilled occupations such as cleaners, drivers, kitchen hands are not eligible.
- Applicants working as massage therapists must be working in a hospital, aged or disability care setting or an allied healthcare setting, such as a physiotherapy clinic.
- Applicants are generally eligible for a 491 nomination only. A 190 nomination will be considered on a discretionary basis if you are are earning at least $80,000 per annum and working full-time in highly skilled position.

Option Two: Other Temporary Visa Holders

- You have resided continuously in South Australia (at time of state nomination application) for the last 5 years.
- You are currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia in a skilled occupation that is not your nominated occupation, including all Skill Level 1, 2, 3 occupations and Skill Level 4 Carers and Aides occupations.
- Your 12 months skilled work experience in South Australia must be at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight.
- Lower skilled occupations such as cleaners, drivers, kitchen hands are not eligible.
- Applicants working as massage therapists must be working in a hospital, aged or disability care setting or an allied healthcare setting, such as a physiotherapy clinic.
- Applicants are eligible for a 491 nomination only.

Option Three: Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Holders

- You have resided in South Australia for at least 5 years (at time of state nomination application) and continue to reside in South Australia.
- You must be currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia in any occupation (does not have to be a skilled occupation or related to your nominated occupation).
- Your 12 months work experience in South Australia must be at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight.
- Applicants are eligible for a 491 nomination only.

International Graduate of South Australia

To be eligible for the International Graduate of South Australia (SA Graduate) pathway, the following requirements apply:

- Your South Australian course must be CRICOS registered, with a minimum of 46 CRICOS weeks.
- A minimum of 50% of your qualification must have been completed in South Australia.
- You must have resided in South Australia for at least one year during your period of study.
- You must have continuously resided in South Australia post-course completion.
- You must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements for the subclass 491 or subclass 190 visa.
- You must meet the nomination requirements outlined here and as listed for your nominated occupation.
- You must meet any course requirements or minimum qualification levels listed for your occupation.
- SA graduates must meet the specific work experience requirements listed for their nominated occupation unless specified differently for your occupation.
- Research work undertaken as part of your PhD will not be accepted as skilled work experience.
- High performing graduates of South Australia must submit a Registration of Interest for the Talent and Innovators program.
- Where specified, some occupations may require longer work experience.
- For the purposes of state-nomination, closely related occupation is defined as within the ANZSCO 2-digit level. Where specified for your nomination occupation, other occupations may also be considered closely related. A skilled occupation in the same industry as your nominated occupation may also be considered as a closely related occupation. If you are claiming points for your work experience in your SkillSelect EOI, please ensure you meet the Home Affairs requirements to claim points.
- You must be working at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight in your nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia for the duration required for your nominated occupation, unless specified differently for your occupation. If you are working part time (less than 35 hours per week), you may be offered a 491 nomination.

South Australia (SA) State Nomination Requirements

Residency Requirements

State nomination is provided to meet the State’s skills needs and is granted based on the applicant’s genuine interest and intention to live and work in South Australia. In submitting your application you are indicating that you intend to live and work in South Australia with a view to long-term settlement. 

If you are in Australia but not currently residing in South Australia, you can only apply through the Talent & Innovators Employment stream. 

If you are currently residing offshore, check South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List to see if your occupation is available to offshore applicants. Eligible offshore applicants must submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) application

Age 

You must be under age 45 at time of nomination.

Occupation 

You must have an occupation on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and meet the eligibility requirements for that occupation.

Skills Assessment 

You must have a valid and positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority. Skills assessments must be for your nominated occupation. Refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information on skills assessments.

Skills assessments must have been issued within the last three years or if the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period, the skills assessment is only valid until that specified date. The skills assessment must be valid at time of nomination decision.

Work Experience 

You must meet work experience requirement listed for your occupation.

Skilled work experience must be undertaken post-course completion and is defined as a minimum of 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight of paid employment in your nominated or closely related occupation (some concessions apply if you are currently working in outer regional South  Australia, or you are a long-term resident of South Australia, or for specified occupations). Applicants already working in South Australia and South Australian graduates may be eligible for exemptions or waivers to the work experience requirement, as specified in the occupation requirements.

The position must be paid at the appropriate rate for the skill level.

For South Australian work experience, the employer must have a demonstrable presence in South Australia. Where the employer is located outside of South Australia, applicants must apply though the Talent and Innovator program. Work experience performed at a residential address or shared office space for a company located outside of South Australia will be assessed on a case by case basis.

English

You must meet minimum English language requirement listed for your occupation. Refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information on English tests.

If you are currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia, you are required to have at least competent English unless your nominated occupation requires registration or licensing to practice in South Australia.

Some skills assessing authorities may have higher English language requirements that you will be required to meet. Please check with your skills assessing authority prior to applying.

If your occupation requires registration or licensing in South Australia, you will need to ensure you meet the English requirement set by the registration or licensing authority to work in South Australia. Occupations with registration requirements include trades, education and health professions. If higher English requirements are listed for your occupation on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List, you do not need to meet the higher requirement if you are currently registered to practice in South Australia.

If you are a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you do not need to provide an English test result.

Points

You must meet minimum points requirement listed for your occupation (including state nomination points).

You will need to ensure you meet all Department of Home Affairs requirements and have documented evidence to support your points claim.

South Australia (SA) State Nomination for Business Visas

State nomination enables state governments to attract successful business owners and investors to the state of South Australia, which in turn supports job creation, business investment and enhances industry capability. State nomination does not automatically result in the grant of a visa. Your application must also be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs against a number of visa-specific requirements. You will only be granted a visa if all requirements are met.

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa Subclass 188 South Australia State Nomination

This is a state-nominated provisional residence visa for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs. It is the first step in a two-step pathway to permanent residency. This visa is for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs who want to establish a business, or invest, in South Australia. This visa offers applicants the choice of four streams:

Business Innovation Stream

To meet the South Australian nomination requirements you must:

- Meet the Department of Home Affairs subclass 188 Business Innovation stream visa criteria.
- Intend to live in South Australia.
- Propose an investment and/or business activity in South Australia that will meet the South Australian state nomination 'benefit to state requirements' for the subclass 888 Business Innovation stream.
- Applicants aged 55 years or over at the time of invitation must demonstrate that the proposal will be of exceptional economic benefit to South Australia by meeting a higher investment threshold.
- Provide detailed information on the viability and economic impact of the proposal to South Australia. Further details are listed in the How to Apply section.
- Agree to register your arrival in South Australia with Skilled & Business Migration and maintain current contact details for the duration of your visa.

- Applicants who have between 55 and 65 points can apply for exceptional circumstances for the additional 10 points from the South Australian Government. Priority will be given to investment proposals to be undertaken in South Australia.
- The choice of investment and/or business activity is based on the client's own preference; however a business which is solely on selling imports (including bringing product into South Australia from other States/Territories) will require substantial justification to demonstrate the benefit to state.
- Support for an application to the Department of Home Affairs to extend subclass 188 visa is at the discretion of Skilled & Business Migration.
- Approval for a proposed business undertaking property development is still at the discretion of the Manager Business Migration for 188 and 888. With respect to the business required to be a sufficient business undertaking and not deemed as private investor property development even if the minimum financial requirement is met. Please see the fact sheet for further information.
- South Australia will manage the demand levels for certain business investments including - but not limited to - cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, service stations and retail stores.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants obtain professional legal and financial advice before undertaking any business or investment activity.
- Nomination is entirely at the discretion of the Government of South Australia. Meeting the minimum published requirements does not guarantee nomination by South Australia. In assessing your Intention to Apply and application, Skilled & Business Migration will consider each application on its merits and the broader benefit to South Australia.

Investor Stream

To meet the South Australian nomination requirements you must:

- Meet Department of Home Affairs 188 investment stream criteria.
- Intend to live in South Australia.
- Agree to make and maintain an investment of AUD$2.5 million (AUD$3.75 million if over 55 year of age) for the duration of the provisional visa in a complying investment fund. The complying investment fund must materially benefit South Australia.
- Agree to register your arrival in South Australia with Skilled & Business Migration and maintain current contact details for the duration of your visa.

- Applicants who have between 55 and 65 points can apply for exceptional circumstances for the additional 10 points from the South Australian Government. These applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- The choice of investment options is based on the client's own preference and Department of Home Affairs complying investment requirements.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants obtain professional legal and financial advice before investing or undertaking any business activity.
- The South Australian Government will not advise on any investment made or any business activity to be undertaken by the applicant, nor does it accept liability for any financial loss, cost of expense incurred as a result of any business decision, business activities or investments of the applicant or any person in any way connected with the significant investor program or otherwise.
- The Commonwealth and State Government require applicants to agree to not taking legal action against them for any loss of capital arising from the complying investment.

Significant Investor Stream

To meet the South Australian nomination requirements you must:

- Meet the Department of Home Affairs subclass 188 significant investor stream criteria.
- Intend to live in South Australia.
- Agree to make and maintain an investment of AUD$5 million for the duration of the provisional visa in a complying investment fund. The complying investment fund must materially benefit South Australia.
- Agree to register your arrival in South Australia with Skilled & Business Migration and maintain current contact details for the duration of your visa.  

- The choice of investment options is based on the client’s own preference and Department of Home Affairs complying investment requirements.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants obtain professional legal and financial advice before investing or undertaking any business activity.
- The South Australian Government will not advise on any investment made or any business activity to be undertaken by the applicant nor does it accept liability for any financial loss, cost of expense incurred as a result of any business decision, business activities or investments of the applicant or any person in any way connected with the significant investor program or otherwise.
- The Commonwealth and State Government require applicants to agree to not take legal action against them for any loss of capital arising from the complying investment.

Entrepreneur Stream

To meet the South Australian nomination requirements you must:

- Meet the Department of Home Affairs Subclass 188 Entrepreneur stream visa criteria.
- Have competent English or be a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand.
- Intend to live in South Australia.
- Propose an business to be based South Australia that has a strong potential to achieve the Subclass 888 Entrepreneur stream Department of Home affairs visa criteria within 5 years, including the achievement of these success factors.
- Propose a business that has the potential to become a sustainable high-growth start-up, with the future potential to employ South Australians.
- Secure the support of a selected Service Provider that has reviewed and approves your proposed entrepreneurial activity.
- Priority will be given to proposals that support the Government of South Australia’s nine priority Growth State sectors.
- Provide detailed information on the viability and economic impact if the proposal to South Australia. Further details are listed in the How to Apply section. Applicants aged 55 years or over at the time of invitation must demonstrate that the proposed entrepreneurial activity will be of exceptional economic benefit to South Australia.
- Agree to register your arrival in South Australia with Skilled & Business Migration and maintain current contact details for the duration of your visa.
- Agree to meet all other obligations to ensure that your state nomination remains current at the time you apply directly to the Department of Home Affairs for the Subclass 888 Entrepreneur visa. Although there is no requirement to apply for a second state nomination, you must  these obligations for South Australian to confirm your status.

Age waivers - Exceptional economic benefit to South Australia

If you are applying for the Business Innovation, Investor or Entrepreneur stream, and aged 55 years or older at the time of invitation, the level of investment and/or business activity proposed must be of exceptional economic benefit to South Australia. There is no age restriction for the Significant Investor stream.

Business Innovation Stream

Applicants aged 55 years or older must propose an investment and/or business activity in South Australia that meets the higher thresholds outlined in the state nomination requirements for the subclass 888 Business Innovation stream.

Investment Stream

Applicants aged 55 years or older must maintain an investment of AUD$3.75 million for the duration of the provisional visa in complying investment fund.

Entrepreneur Stream

Applicants aged 55 years or over must demonstrate that the proposed entrepreneurial activity will be of exceptional economic benefit to South Australia.

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