If you've graduated in South Australia and you're considering staying in the state for at least two years to live and work, state nomination may help you to qualify for a General Skilled Migration visa.
As of 14 August 2019 at 11am, Immigration SA is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa. State nomination applications for the 190 visa can continue to be submitted. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.
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State nomination provides a pathway to permanent residency for international graduates of South Australia.
State nomination is not a visa application; it assists you in meeting the requirements for an Australian visa. If nominated, you must lodge a visa application with the Department of Home Affairs who are responsible for the assessing and granting of all visas.
By applying for state nomination as an international graduate of South Australia, you will benefit from:
- Access to a more extensive occupation list.
- Additional points towards the Federal points test for the 190-Skilled Nominated visa and the 489-Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.
- More flexible state nomination requirements for international graduates of South Australia.
- Priority application processing with the Department of Home Affairs.
Graduates who have completed their studies in South Australia could be eligible for an additional five to ten extra points towards the Department of Home Affairs points test for Regional and Australian Study. Find out more here.
If you've completed your qualification interstate then you can only apply for 489-Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa for occupations listed as ‘available’ on the State Occupation List. See the interstate graduates table to see whether you qualify.
You will need to meet the general work experience requirement and all other state nomination criteria. View the interstate graduate section for more details.
If you’ve worked in a skilled occupation for 12 months in South Australia or if you have an immediate family member permanent residing here, you may be eligible to access more occupations. See skilled nomination requirements for further details.
In this section
International graduate occupation and waiver requirements
Information for international graduates of South Australia about requirements, waivers and accessing additional occupations
Nomination options if you studied outside of South Australia
As of 14 August 2019 at 11am, Immigration SA is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa. State nomination applications for the 190 visa can continue to be submitted.