Skilled and Business Migration

Skilled and Business Migration is the state government agency responsible for South Australian state nomination, Regional Certifying Body advice and endorsement for applicants wishing to apply for the Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) - Temporary Activity visa. To qualify, you must meet the requirements set by the Government of South Australia as outlined on this website.

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Department of Home Affairs

If your application for nomination is successful, you must also meet all visa criteria set by the Department of Home Affairs and obtain a visa before you can migrate to South Australia. Please see the Department of Home Affairs website to assess your eligibility for the relevant visa before you seek state nomination, employer nomination or endorsement.

Visa decisions are the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs and a South Australian state nomination does not guarantee your visa application will be successful.

Nomination Application fees

Skilled and Business Migration charges a non-refundable nomination/endorsement application service fee for skilled, business and Supporting Innovation in South Australia applicants. The fee must be paid after submitting your application by selecting the ‘submit’ button. The fee is charged on each application. A 0.33% surcharge is also payable to cover the cost of accepting the payment of the service fee, and GST is payable by all onshore applicants.

The fee and surcharge is payable online with a credit card at the time of lodging an application. The application will not be processed until the payment is confirmed.

The fee and surcharge must be paid within 7 days from the date the application being submitted by selecting the ‘submit’ button. If no payment is received after 7 days, the application will be automatically deleted.

The fee and surcharge are charged in Australian dollars (AUD). The amount payable in a foreign currency is dependent on the exchange rate at the time of payment. The payment methods accepted are by VISA or MasterCard. Before you submit your application, you may choose to notify your bank of an upcoming foreign credit card transaction if applicable.

The fee is an administration charge only and does not guarantee the approval of your application for nomination/endorsement.

Fees will not be refunded for any reason including if your personal circumstances change, if you change your mind or your nomination is not approved.

Applying for nomination does not guarantee you will receive nomination by South Australia, even if you meet published requirements. Nominations are granted at the discretion of South Australia and is subject to quotas. Fees will not be refunded in this circumstance. 

Application fees are subject to change. The fee payable is charged by reference to the date your application fee is paid. You will need to pay the fee that is published on this site at the time of payment. 

Fees applicable for nomination with Immigration South Australia

Application processing

It is your responsibility to read these application terms and conditions, relevant application requirements and the related document checklist before applying and preparing your documents.

Skilled and Business Migration will make every effort to process your application efficiently and may prioritise some applications at its discretion. Unless instructed by you in writing, you will be contacted directly regarding the outcome of the assessment. However, if instructed in writing by you, your Migration Agent/authorised recipient, will be contacted to advise the outcome.

South Australia may provide priority processing in cases where your current visa is due to expire. You must provide notification of at least 10 business days. If you choose to seek priority processing, South Australia reserves the right to offer you a 491 nomination even if you are otherwise eligible for a 190 nomination. Visitor visa holders are not eligible for priority processing. South Australia does not provide priority processing of applications for reasons associated with age or document expiry. 

Applying for nomination does not guarantee you will receive nomination by South Australia or be granted an Australian visa. Nomination is granted at the discretion of South Australia and is subject to quotas. 

You must provide details of your current visa and previous substantive visa as outlined in the application form. 

South Australia reserves the right to seek additional evidence to confirm your residence in South Australia or evidence of your employment. 

Application Submission

All applications are submitted via the secure online application system at https://apply.migration.sa.gov.au

Applications must be submitted within 14 days from the created date. If an application has not been submitted after 14 days from the creation, it will be automatically deleted. The application can be saved to be progressed anytime within the 14-day period. If saved applications need to be deleted for operational requirements, users (where possible in advance) will be advised via email.

Occupation availability for nomination applications are confirmed at the time an application for skilled migrants (491/190) is submitted, not at the time the application is created.

In the case of the SISA – Temporary Activity visa, while there are two pathways – support from one of the identified South Australian Innovation eco-system (SISA) service providers and a direct pathway – preference and priority will be given to applications supported by one of the identified SISA service providers. If you seek support from one of the identified SISA service providers, you must meet all of the following: the Department of Home Affairs’ mandated criteria, the South Australian Government requirements, and the requirements determined by the identified SISA service provider you have chosen to support your application. If you choose the direct pathway, you risk the possibility of delays in your application being assessed, as there will be a need to form a panel to do the assessment of yours and other applications that are received through the direct pathway.

After submitting your application by selecting the ‘submit’ button, your application will be locked and you will not be able to make any further changes to your application. You will be notified on any status change of your application via your account. 

Changes may only be made to the application before selecting the ‘submit’ button. Requests to ‘unlock’ a submitted application will be refused.

Skilled and Business Migration reserves the right to change the duration of the saved and submit hold time frame. Any changes to these dates will be updated in the terms and conditions.

Documentation in English

All information in your application and supporting documents must be provided in English or have an English translation or the application will not be processed.

Documents for Overseas Qualification Recognition that are not in English must be accompanied with an English translation from an approved translator.

Document attachments

All supporting documentation for the application must be uploaded within the on-line application form. Your supporting documentation must be colour scanned copies of the original documents.

Qualification documents for overseas qualification assessment must be certified (this is not relevant for SISA entrepreneur visa and state nomination applications, it just relates to overseas qualification assessments).

Documents provided in any other form, unless expressly requested, will not be accepted. 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. You may not submit additional documents at a later time without submitting a new application and paying an additional fee.

Irrelevant documentation (information not requested as part of the application) will not be considered. Additional documentation is not required and may be deleted. Non-essential documents may delay processing.

Validity of documentation

All documentation provided in support of an application for nomination must be valid at the time of submission AND at the time of the nomination or endorsement decision. If supporting documentation expires before the application is determined, your application may be refused.

False or misleading information

The provision of false or misleading information in support of any application may not only result in the application being refused but is also a serious criminal offence under laws of this State and the Commonwealth. Such conduct may be prosecuted. If false or misleading information is provided in support of your nomination application, we will advise the Department of Home Affairs. This may result in a decision to refuse or cancel your visa.

In the event where false or misleading information has been provided and State nomination is refused or revoked, you will not be eligible for South Australian State nomination in the future. Any subsequent applications will be refused.

Email/client tracking system

You can monitor the progress of your application via the Skilled and Business Migration portal. All notifications from will be sent via email with advice on any further action required. It is your responsibility to ensure that your correct email address is provided. Email notifications sent are deemed to have been received the same day whether you have read them or not.

Migration agent/exempt person

Skilled and Business Migration must be satisfied that the primary applicant has been made aware of the requirements and associated obligations, even if the application has been lodged on his/her behalf by an agent. A migration agent submitting an on-line application on behalf of an applicant may be required to complete and submit the form 956 ‘Advice by a Migration Agent /exempt person of providing immigration assistance’.

It is important that a migration agent provides the applicant’s contact email address as part of the application process. A migration agent email address will not be accepted as a contact email address for the applicant. Failure to provide the applicant's contact email address will result in the application being refused and the application fee will not be refunded.

Skilled and Business Migration may provide correspondence to the primary applicant in addition to the authorised recipient and reserves the right to contact the primary applicant directly.

Nomination requirements

South Australian state nomination, employer nomination and endorsement for the SISA - Temporary Activity visa are not transferable to other Australian states or territories. If you have been nominated, or hold a visa which was nominated by another Australian state or territory, a letter of release is required from the relevant jurisdiction at the time of application submission. Without the letter of release, your application will be refused. 

Skilled and Business Migration reserves the right to change its nomination requirements. Any changes will be published on our website.

Nomination/endorsement expiry

The offer of SA nomination or endorsement is valid for sixty (60) days from the date of approval. 

If your visa application is not submitted to the Department of Home Affairs within that time, the offer of SA nomination or endorsement will expire.

If you have already received a nomination or endorsement any subsequent applications will be refused. Nominations and endorsements are limited to one nomination or endorsement per person.

Nomination withdrawal request

You may request that your application be withdrawn. However, the application fee will not be refunded. 

Nomination refusals

Failure to meet the requirements for state nomination or endorsement will result in a refusal of your application for nomination or endorsement. If your nomination or endorsement application is refused you can lodge a new application. All applications including resubmitted applications will incur a fee.

Inadequate documentation, not meeting state nomination or endorsement requirements, not meeting Federal immigration criteria, incomplete information, typing errors or inadvertent omission of information and documents, your past or present conduct which shows you are not of good character are all grounds for refusal.

Migration agents are reminded that failure to provide all required details, including an applicant's contact details, will result in an application being refused and the application fee not being refunded.

Review of decision

Skilled Migration and Business migration applications only:

The decision may be reviewed if you can demonstrate that an administrative error has been made. A decision will not be reviewed because you have failed to provide adequate documentation, not met state nomination or endorsement requirements, provided unclear information, or made errors in or omissions from your application or supporting documents.

If you can demonstrate an administrative error, you may request a review via email to Skilled and Business Migration and provide details regarding the grounds for your review request within 14 calendar days of the refusal notification.

Skilled and Business Migration will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against a decision by the Department of Home Affairs declining to grant a visa to any applicants.

Business migrants

It is recommended that you seek your own professional legal and financial advice before investing.

The Government of South Australia and its employees will not take any role in your investment decisions and cannot guarantee any return on your complying investments no endorses 3rd party investment or business opportunities.

Like any other investment activities, investing in complying investments can involve risk.

Permission

By completing and submitting an application and request for any services, you give permission to :

  • contact you for legitimate reasons (i.e. notification of events, surveys, seminars, etc)
  • provide your details to third-party consultants and other government bodies working with / on behalf of the Government of South Australia who wish to contact you for legitimate reasons (i.e. notification of events, surveys, seminars etc)
  • share your particulars and relevant information about your application to other federal and state government bodies including the Department of Home Affairs, and the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science, in the case of the SISA entrepreneur visa
  • communicate your visa outcome to the relevant service provider/panel who assessed your nomination application for the SISA entrepreneur visa
  • contact third parties for the purposes of verifying the information contained in this application
  • check your details in the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.