South Australia is an excellent option for skilled workers looking to further their careers while enjoying the excitement of living in a new country. 

The capital Adelaide is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities for its lifestyle, services and high standard of living. Our competitive wages and conditions make it a very attractive place to work.

If you have a skill which is in demand in South Australia and you’re considering migrating to the state, we could help you. 

All you have to do is apply for South Australian state nomination.

How to migrate for skilled migrants 

A step-by-step guide


First check that you meet all the  nomination and visa criteria.


Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect - choose SA only and your state nominated visa subclass 190 or 491.


Apply online for state nomination through Immigration SA.

You'll need your EOI ID number.


Track your nomination application at any time.


Approved applicants are nominated through SkillSelect and the Department of Home Affairs invites you to lodge a visa application within 60 days.

In this section

Skilled visa options

An overview of state nominated visas available to skilled professionals and tradespeople.


Benefits of state nomination

There are many benefits of state nomination including extra points, more occupations and priority processing.


About the Lists of State Nominated Occupations

An explanation of the State Nominated Occupation Lists and occupation availability.


Nomination process

Details of nomination requirements and how to apply for a state nominated skilled visa.


Finding skilled work

Immigration SA is helping skilled migrants find work within their area of expertise.


Success story

Ray Hood - London, UK, Master hand engraver

In 2012, Ray and his partner, Carly, made the move to Australia. Within weeks of arriving in Adelaide he had landed a job. After just eight months in that role Ray launched his own business – London Engraver – in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD

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