Immigration South Australia

The ideal candidate may already be in Australia on a temporary, provisional or permanent visa.

 

If you’re having difficulty finding a suitable candidate for a vacant position, there are many skilled workers currently onshore with full work rights.  

You should also note that for those on a temporary or provisional visa, obtaining skilled work assists them with pathways to permanent residency that do not require direct employer sponsorship (such as the skilled independent visa or state nominated visas). 

The South Australian Government has recognised the employability of temporary, provisional or permanent visa holders - see the Commissioner’s ruling. Non-government organisations and the private sector are also encouraged to understand visa work rights.

If you find a skilled worker onshore, you can check the work rights attached to their visa using the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Visa Entitlement Verification Online.

Specialist Migrant Services, a business unit within Immigration SA, can assist employers who are experiencing difficulties in filling skilled vacancies by skills matching suitable job ready candidates.

If you are an employer looking to fill a vacancy, please contact Specialist Migrant Services as they can provide details of people who may meet your requirements.

Some of the visas you may encounter are listed below. Further details on visa requirements are available via the DIBP website.  State nomination requirements are available from Immigration SA.

Migrants on these visas are permanent residents with full work rights (even if not yet a citizen).

The 189 visa is a skilled independent visa, whilst the 190 visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency. The visa holder must remain in the state or territory which nominates them for the first two years.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding these visas subclasses should be directed to DIBP. State Nomination enquiries for the 190 visa can be directed to Immigration SA.

The 489 visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency or by an eligible relative living in a designated area. This visa allows skilled workers to live and work (with full work rights) in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.  Permanent residency is available in as little as two years if work and residency requirements set by DIBP are met.  The whole of South Australia qualifies as regional.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP. State Nomination enquiries for the 489 visa can be directed to Immigration SA.

Post course completion, international students may be eligible for a temporary graduate 485 visa.  This gives them full work rights for the duration of the visa, which can be from 18 months up to four years, depending on their qualification.

Whilst they are still studying, international students can work for up to twenty hours per week (unlimited during semester breaks).   

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

Under Australia’s Working Holiday visa program (subclasses 417 and 462), people aged between 18 and 30 are able to apply for a one year visa. This visa enables them to supplement their travel funds through temporary employment.  Opportunities for a one year extension may also exist and visa holders are allowed to work with an employer for up to six months.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.