SA expands skilled migration opportunities for offshore graduates

SA expands skilled migration opportunities for offshore graduates

SA expands skilled migration opportunities for offshore graduates

South Australia has opened up its Skilled and Business Migration program for eligible offshore applicants.

The South Australia state government has added more than 30 new eligible occupations – mostly in medical and technical fields – to provide more skilled migration opportunities for eligible graduates who live overseas.

This will allow offshore eligible skilled graduates to apply for the state-nominated Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

The new occupations in the medical field (with their ANZSCO codes) include:

  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer (251211);
  • Occupational Therapist (252411);
  • Physiotherapist (252511);
  • Audiologist (252711);
  • Speech Pathologist (252712).

Eligible technical occupations (with their ANZSCO codes) include:

  • Automotive Electrician (321111);
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (321211);
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (321212);

Applicants need to meet the relevant state requirements for their specific occupations to be eligible for skilled migration. These requirements can differ between two occupations.

For most occupations, eligibility requirements include:

  • Skills migration assessment for the occupation from an approved Australian authority;
  • IELTS score of at least 6, or equivalent;
  • Minimum 65 points on the SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI);
  • At least two years of relevant work experience.

While these are some general requirements for skilled migration applicants, some occupations will have higher eligibility requirements.

Similarly, some occupations can also have waivers for certain requirements.

The new changes granted by the South Australia government allow eligible offshore graduates more opportunities to apply for skilled migration to Australia.

Eligible graduates in the new occupations can apply for a state nomination from the South Australia government. If nominated, they can apply for the state nominated subclass 491 visa for skilled migration to Australia.

Onshore international graduates can also apply for Australian skilled migration via domestic pathways, such as:

  • Talent and Innovators program – high performing graduate stream;
  • Living and working in South Australia as a long-term resident;
  • International graduates.

The South Australia state government continues to monitor the eligible occupations list, with skilled migration considered a driving force behind Australia’s economic recovery following the pandemic.