South Australia has opened its 2021-22 skilled migration program for both onshore and offshore applicants.
Skilled migrants who are currently residing in South Australia and meet the State Government and Department of Home Affairs requirements can now apply for a state nomination in the following categories:
- Talent and Innovators Program;
- International Graduate of South Australia;
- Currently working in South Australia (including long-term residents).
The Talent and Innovators Program will provide opportunities and pathways for skilled migrants who want to contribute to the development of South Australia’s priority growth industries.
The International Graduate of South Australia category applies to South Australia graduates who have worked in their nominated occupation or a closely-related field for the last three months in the State.
Skilled migrants who live and work in outer regional South Australia or are long-term residents who are living and working in the State can apply under the Currently working in South Australia (including long-term residents) category.
Offshore applicants can also apply for South Australia’s 2021-22 skilled migration program for specific health and trade occupations via the Offshore Interest Registration – Critical Skills category.
These applicants must submit a letter of intent demonstrating their skills in health and trades-related occupations and their proficiency in English.
After receiving a nomination from South Australia, applicants can then apply for skilled migration to Australia with two visas:
- Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190);
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent Australian skilled migration visa, while the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) has a validity of five years.
Onshore applicants who satisfy the State and Federal requirements can apply for a nomination from South Australia, after which they may be eligible for either the subclass 190 or the subclass 491 visa, depending on their work experience in the State.
Moreover, international graduates from South Australia who satisfy the State’s study requirements can earn bonus points when applying for either of the two skilled visas.
Furthermore, skilled migrants who live and work in regional and outer South Australia and long-term residents in the State can be exempted by the State government in their quest for a nomination.