Use this checklist to prepare an application for South Australian state nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or the Skilled Worker Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Once you have collated all of the information outlined below, you will need to submit an online application through Immigration SA's Apply website.

If you wish to engage the services of a registered Migration Agent to assist with the General Skilled Migration (GSM) application, you can find a list of registered migration agents at www.mara.gov.au

Documents to be uploaded with the main applicant’s application
All documents uploaded must be scanned copies of genuine originals.

Personal details

 A copy of the personal details page of the main applicant’s current passport (this page must include the main applicant’s photograph, name and date of birth).

Nominated occupation

 A positive skills assessment assessed by the relevant skills assessing authority for the main applicant’s nominated occupation. Visit Department of Home Affairs Skills Assessment for a complete list of assessing authorities for all occupations. Please provide all pages of the skills assessment.

English proficiency

 Immigration SA accepts the following English language tests; a copy of the test certificate is required:

  • IELTS – International English Language Test System
  • OET – Occupational English Test (For Health Professionals only)
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic
  • TOEFL iBT – Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet Based Test
  • CAE – Cambridge English: Advanced
Citizens and passport holders of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand do not need to provide an English language test result unless required to claim additional EOI points.
 
English Language Tests must be less than three years old when Immigration SA makes a decision on the state nomination application.
 
PTE Academic, OET and CAE test-takers: prior to submitting a state nomination application, the main applicant (and partner, if they are claiming partner points in their EOI) will need to login to their English test account and provide permission for Immigration SA to view their results.

Work experience

If the main applicant is relying on Australian work experience:

Letter(s) from current employer confirming commencement date, job title, duties and tasks, salary and number of hours worked per week, for all skilled work experience in Australia.
 

If the main applicant has South Australian work experience:

 Letter(s) from current and previous employer(s), confirming commencement date, job title, duties and tasks, salary and number of hours worked per week, payslips for the last 3 months and; if available, the Notification of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office. If the occupation requires additional work experience, the documents provided need to demonstrate the work experience for the period required.
 
 Letter(s) previous employer(s), confirming commencement date, job title, duties and tasks, salary and number of hours worked per week for all skilled and unskilled work experience in South Australia.
 

If the main applicant is applying under the high points category:

 Letter(s) from current and previous employer(s), confirming commencement date, job title, duties and tasks, salary and number of hours worked per week, for all work experience the main applicant is claiming points for in their SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI).
 

If the main applicant’s nominated occupation requires additional work experience (typically two or three years experience in the field as listed on the State Nominated Occupation Lists):

Any additional work experience must be gained after the relevant qualification has been completed.
 
 Letter(s) from current or previous employers demonstrating that the main applicant has the additional work experience required for the nominated occupation
 
 International graduates of South Australia only – letter(s) from current employers demonstrating that the main applicant is currently working for the last 3 months (or if required, 12 months) in their nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia (minimum 40 hours per fortnight). Upload payslips for the relevant period and if available, the Notice of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office
 
 All applicants requiring additional work experience – academic transcript for the relevant qualification and/or a copy of their graduation certificate. This evidence must show the date the qualification was completed. (High school certificates and short course certificates are not required.)
 
All work experience letter(s) should confirm employment dates, job title, duties and tasks, salary and number of hours worked per week.
 
If the main applicant is unable to provide a letter from their employer, please upload a contract of employment and recent payslips.

Work experience waiver - International graduates of South Australia only

If the applicant is claiming a work experience waiver:
 

 Evidence that the main applicant has continued to reside in South Australia post-graduation. See Residing in South Australia for documents required

 If the main applicant is applying under the high performing graduate category, acceptable evidence can be a copy of the academic transcript with the Grade Point Average (GPA) listed OR a letter from the institution stating their GPA for that qualification.

 Long-term resident of South Australia. See Residing in South Australia for documents required.

Qualifications

If the main applicant has completed a qualification in Australia:

 Academic transcript and/or a letter of completion from the Australian institution (High school certificates and short course certificates are not required).
 

If the main applicant is applying under the currently working in South Australia; the high points category; or is claiming points for their qualification in their Expression of Interest (EOI): 

 Academic transcript and/or graduation certificate and/or letter of completion from an overseas or Australian institution (High school certificates and short course certificates are not required)
 
 If the applicant is claiming Specialist education qualification points, upload the copy of the academic transcript and/or graduation certificate for the Master's by research or PhD from an Australian institution.

Financial requirements

If the main applicant is an international graduate from an Australian educational institution, they may claim financial support from their parents or parents-in-law. If the applicant chooses to claim financial support:

 Upload a completed and signed Financial Capacity Declaration
 
All other applicants will need to provide a declaration in the online application form regarding the cash and assets they have available for settlement in South Australia. Refer to details of financial requirements listed here.

Chain migration

If the main applicant has an immediate family member who permanently resides in South Australia, they may be able to apply for a Supplementary Skilled List occupation or ‘special conditions apply’ occupation. See definition of immediate family member on the skilled nomination requirements page.
 
 Upload a completed and signed Chain Migration Statutory Declaration confirming family relationship. This document must be signed before an authorised person.
 
 Evidence of the relationship between the applicant and their family member in South Australia. Translations must also be uploaded for documents not in English. They must be translated by a qualified translator into English.
 
Acceptable type of evidence required to show relationship:
 
• Birth Certificate (for both applicant and family member)
• Marriage Certificate
• Proof of Name Change
• Official Relationship Certificate

A combination of the above may be required.


 Evidence that the South Australian family member is an Australian Permanent Resident,an Australian Citizen or a South Australian state nominated provisional visa holder.

Acceptable types of evidence required to show Australian citizenship permanent residency or South Australian state nominated provisional visa holder include:

• Australian Birth Certificate
• Australian Citizenship Certificate
• Australian Passport (biographical details only)
• Visa label in Passport (this will need to be accompanied by the biographical details page in the passport)
• Visa grant letter from Department of Home Affairs.

 

 Evidence that the South Australian family member has lived in South Australia for the past 24 months (for example, 8 electricity bills over the 24 month period). The evidence provided must be in the family member’s name. See Residing in South Australia for a list of documents required. Multiple documents covering the same time period are not required.

Residing in South Australia

Acceptable types of evidence to show residence in South Australia:

• Current bank statement (showing last 3 months of daily transactions)
AND
One of the following:
• Lease agreement (with proof of recent rental payments)
• Utility bills (for example, gas bill, electricity bill, water bill, rates notice)
• Vehicle registration

Long-term resident of South Australia 

Evidence of continuous residence in South Australia since March 2012 including:
• Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for all courses undertaken in South Australia. Alternatively, letters from Education Provider(s) confirming all enrolments will be accepted
AND
• Visa grant notices for all Australian visas issued.
AND
• Current bank statement (showing last 6 months of transactions)
AND
• See 'Acceptable types of evidence to show residence in South Australia' (above) for other documents required.

Other evidence of residence documents need to be provided for any periods where the main applicant was not enrolled in a course of study in South Australia. Multiple documents covering the same time period are not required.

Additional Points being claimed in the EOI

 If the applicant is claiming community language points on the points test, upload a copy of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accreditation

 If applicant is claiming Professional Year points, upload a copy of the Professional Year completion certificate from an Australian institution 

 If the applicant is claiming Skilled Partner points, upload a copy of the Skills Assessment and English test for the main applicant’s partner  

 If the applicant is claiming Partner with Competent English points, upload a copy of the English test for the main applicant’s partner

 If the applicant is claiming points for a partner who is an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident, upload a copy of one of the following: the personal details page of the main applicant’s partner’s Australian passport; the Australian citizenship certificate; or the Australian visa grant notice. 

"Commitment to South Australia” Declaration

 Applicants directly submitting a state nomination application will be required to read and understand the Commitment to South Australia and Immigration SA’s application processing terms and conditions. This is part of the online application form in the Apply site.

 Applicants using a migration agent will be required to sign and upload a copy of the Commitment to South Australia Declaration Document as part of their online application form in the Apply site.