Immigration South Australia

01. As an international graduate of South Australia, which occupation list can I use to apply for state nomination?
02. If my occupation is not on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Occupation List (SOL) . Can I still apply for state nomination in South Australia?
03. Is there a quota (planning level) for each occupation on Immigration SA’s occupation lists?
04. How often will invitations get sent out for 190 / 489 visa subclass?
05. Does Immigration SA rank applicants according to their points on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points test? (For example, if I have 70 points will my application be prioritised?)
06. I am planning on leaving Australia for a couple of years after my study. Is there a difference between applying offshore at a later date or applying after graduation, while I’m still residing in South Australia?
07. How much work experience is required for international graduates of South Australia to apply for state nomination?
08. Will work experience as a volunteer be considered as meeting the Immigration SA’s skilled work experience requirement?
09. If I am residing in South Australia and my English result is proficient in each band score or proficient plus overall, am I eligible for a work experience waiver?
10. For the Immigration SA work experience requirement, does my work experience need to be in my nominated or closely related occupation? For example, if my nominated occupation is Economist and I’m working as a Policy Officer, can I still apply?
11. What is the definition of “skilled work experience”?
12. Is there any English waiver available for International graduates of South Australia?
13. What does high performing graduate mean?
14. Can I receive a work experience waiver on both the State Occupation List and Supplementary skilled list?
15. If I don’t have a copy of my transcript from the university or the Grade Point Average (GPA) isn’t listed on my transcript, can I still apply for state nomination under the high performing graduate category?
16. What are some job search tips to help me get a job in my field of study in South Australia?

 

01. As an international graduate of South Australia, which occupation list can I use to apply for state nomination?


International graduates of South Australia have access to a larger list of occupations for state nomination. In addition to the State Nominated Occupation List, you can also access:

 

02. If my occupation is not on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Occupation List (SOL) . Can I still apply for state nomination in South Australia?


Yes, if your occupation is on one of Immigration SA’s lists for state nomination. Please check both the State Nominated Occupation List and Supplementary Skilled List.

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03. Is there a quota (planning level) for each occupation on Immigration SA’s occupation lists?


Every occupation has a quota on the Immigration SA lists. Once an occupation on the State Occupation List reaches its quota, it will say “Special Conditions Apply”. As an International graduate of South Australia, you can still apply for special conditions occupations if they meet all of Immigration SA’s requirements.

If you are approved state nomination, you are not subject to the national ceilings set by DIBP. 

 

04. How often will invitations get sent out for 190 / 489 visa subclass?


If you are nominated by South Australia, you will receive an instant invitation to apply for a visa through DIBP. You don’t have to wait for DIBP’s invitation rounds. 

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05. Does Immigration SA rank applicants according to their points on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points test? (For example, if I have 70 points will my application be prioritised?)


No, Immigration SA doesn’t competitively rank applicants according to DIBP points. You are only required to have a minimum of 60 points (including state nomination points) and all applications with 60 points or higher are processed in submission date order. 

 

06. I am planning on leaving Australia for a couple of years after my study. Is there a difference between applying offshore at a later date or applying after graduation, while I’m still residing in South Australia?


If you are offshore and have completed a Bachelor Degree or higher, you can still apply for state nomination but you will need to have 12 months of skilled work experience in last 3 years (post-graduation skilled work experience). You will also need to meet the published English requirement for your occupation.

If you have a VET sector Diploma or Certificate, you can’t apply from offshore. Please view the Eligibility Guide for South Australian Graduates for further information.

If you are still residing in South Australia, you can apply for state nomination if you meet all of Immigration SA’s requirements and you may be able to access a waiver to the English and work experience requirement.

 

07. How much work experience is required for international graduates of South Australia to apply for state nomination?


Please see the work experience section on the Skilled Nomination Requirements page for full details.

International graduates of South Australia may be eligible for a work experience waiver, see the Waivers and Exemptions section for further details. 

 

08. Will work experience as a volunteer be considered as meeting the Immigration SA’s skilled work experience requirement?


Voluntary work experience isn’t considered to be skilled work experience. It must be paid skilled work experience (post-graduation) of at least 20 hours per week.  See the skilled nomination requirements - point 5 for more information.

 

09. If I am residing in South Australia and my English result is proficient in each band score or proficient plus overall, am I eligible for a work experience waiver?


If you are an International Graduates of South Australia, you can access this waiver if your occupation is on the state occupation list and listed as high, medium, or low availability. If your occupation is at special conditions or on the Supplementary Skilled List, you will not be able to access a work experience waiver (unless you are a high performing graduate of South Australia – see details below).

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10. For the Immigration SA work experience requirement, does my work experience need to be in my nominated or closely related occupation? For example, if my nominated occupation is Economist and I’m working as a Policy Officer, can I still apply?


You work experience needs to be in a skilled occupation but doesn’t have to be in your nominated or closely related occupation (unless your occupation requires 2 – 3 years work experience in the field). See the definition of “skilled work experience” below.

If your occupation requires 2 – 3 years work experience in the field, Immigration SA requires that you’re either: currently working in your nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia OR have 2 – 3 years work experience in your field post-graduation. Some of these occupations require you to be currently working for the last 12 months in South Australia in your nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) post-graduation. See the Lists of State Nominated Occupations for further details.  

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11. What is the definition of “skilled work experience”?


Skilled work experience is defined as at least 20 hours per week of paid employment (post-graduation) in a skilled occupation on the State Nominated Occupation Lists. The skilled work experience does not need to be in your nominated or closely related occupation unless your occupation requires additional work experience. 

 

12. Is there any English waiver available for International graduates of South Australia?


International graduates of South Australia currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week), are exempt from the Immigration SA state nomination English requirement. This applies to all occupations (including Supplementary Skilled List occupations or Special conditions apply occupations). You must still meet the minimum competent English requirement in each score.

High performing graduates residing in South Australia are exempt from State nomination English requirements for all occupation lists (including Supplementary Skilled List occupations or Special conditions apply occupations).  You must still meet the minimum competent English requirement in each score.

 

13. What does high performing graduate mean?


The definition of a high performing graduate is available here.

The high performing graduate category is available to graduates from Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.

If you are a high performing graduate from a private higher education provider in South Australia, see the high performing graduate page for further details. 

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14. Can I receive a work experience waiver on both the State Occupation List and Supplementary skilled list?


Yes, if you are a high performing graduate, you’re able to access a waiver to the work experience on the Supplementary Skilled List, State Nominated Occupation List and for special conditions occupations. You will need to be residing in South Australia to be eligible for this waiver.

You will still need to meet any work experience requirement stipulated by your skills assessing authority. 

 

15. If I don’t have a copy of my transcript from the university or the Grade Point Average (GPA) isn’t listed on my transcript, can I still apply for state nomination under the high performing graduate category?


You will need to upload a copy of your transcript to the Immigration SA online application form and the transcript will need to show that you have either:

  • A GPA of 6.0 or higher or;
  • First Class Honours or;
  • PhD/Masters by Research

If you don’t have a copy of your transcript, please contact the International Student Centre at your university to arrange another copy. Each university has their own fees for issuing transcripts.

If your GPA isn’t listed on your transcript, please approach your university to get an official letter confirming your GPA. This letter can be uploaded in your online application, in addition to your academic transcript. 

 

16. What are some job search tips to help me get a job in my field of study in South Australia?


This website has helpful information for migrants on how to look for a job.  

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