South Australia Opens Up More Sponsorship, Introduces Chain Migration

South Australia Opens Up More Sponsorship, Introduces Chain Migration

Good news, South Australia had reopened its state sponsorship for skilled migrants. Started on 1 July 2014, many occupations had been relisted as highly available in the state. Even more interesting, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirement for some occupations in the list became lower.

Below are the occupations listed under the South Australia skilled nominated occupation list: (The listing may may change without prior notice.)

Chief Executives, General Managers & Legislators
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Corporate General Manager
Specialist Managers
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Wholesaler
  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Supply and Distribution Manager
  • Medical Administrator
  • Nursing Clinical Director
  • Welfare Centre Manager
  • Health and Welfare Services Managers nec
  • School Principal
  • Faculty Head
  • Regional Education Manager
  • Education Managers nec
  • Chief Information Officer
  • ICT Project Manager
  • Art Administrator or Manager
  • Environmental Manager
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Sports Administrator
Hospitality, Retail & Service Managers
  • Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
  • Amusement Centre Manager
  • Fitness Centre Manager
  • Sports Centre Manager
  • Call or Contact Centre Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Transport Company Manager
  • Cinema or Theatre Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Financial Institution Branch Manager
Arts & Media Professionals
  • Book or Script Editor
Business, Human Resource & Marketing Professionals
  • Commodities Trader
  • Finance Broker
  • Insurance Broker
  • Stockbroking Dealer
  • Financial Dealers nec
  • Financial Investment Adviser
  • Financial Investment Manager
  • ICT Trainer
  • Training and Development Professional
  • Archivist
  • Gallery or Museum Curator
  • Health Information Manager
  • Records Manager
  • Land Economist
  • Valuer
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Organisation and Methods Analyst
  • ICT Account Manager
  • ICT Business Development Manager
  • ICT Sales Representative
  • Sales Representative (Industrial Products)
  • Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
Design, Engineering, Science & Transport Professionals
  • Surveyor
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
Education Professionals
  • Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)
  • Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)
  • Education Adviser
  • Education Reviewer
  • Art Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Music Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Private Tutors and Teachers nec
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Health Professionals
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
  • Acupuncturist
  • Naturopath
  • Podiatrist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
  • Cardiologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Surgeon (General)
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Pathologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child And Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability And Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
ICT Professionals
  • ICT Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Analyst
  • ICT Support Engineer
  • ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
Legal, Social & Welfare Professionals
  • Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec
Engineering, ICT & Science Technicians
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Meat Inspector
  • Quarantine Officer
  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • Mine Deputy
  • Building and Engineering Technicians nec
Automotive & Engineering Trades Workers
  • Fitter (General)
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Metal Machinist (First Class)
Construction Trades Workers
  • Painting Trades Workers
  • Glazier
  • Roof Tiler
Electrotechnology & Telecommunications Trades Workers
  • Electrical Linesworker
  • Business Machine Mechanic
  • Communications Operator
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
  • Telecommunications Linesworker
  • Telecommunications Technician
Food Trades Workers
  • Cook
Skilled Animal & Horticultural Workers
  • Shearer
Other Technicians & Trades Workers
  • Canvas Goods Fabricator
  • Shoemaker
  • Dressmaker or Tailor
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Gas or Petroleum Operator
  • Power Generation Plant Operator
  • Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
  • Make Up Artist
  • Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer
  • Sound Technician
  • Diver
  • Interior Decorator
  • Optical Dispenser
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Wool Classer
Health & Welfare Support Workers
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Therapist
  • Diversional Therapist
What visa can I apply for if an Australian state will sponsor me?

The two most popular visa programs that require state sponsorship are the following:

Subclass 190: Permanent (Nominated/Sponsored)

This is a permanent residence visa. To migrate using this visa, you need a sponsorship from an Australian State/ Territory Authority under the State Migration Plan. Your close family member can also sponsor you though no points will be awarded.

This lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • live in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • have Australia healthcare benefits
  • pathway to Australian citizenship (if you are qualified)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date the visa is granted

Subclass 489: Provisional (Nominated/Sponsored)

If you cannot qualify for a permanent visa initially, you can apply for this 4-year provisional visa. You will need to be prepared to settle and work in a specified regional area of Australia. A sponsorship is required and can come from a participating State/Territory or a close family member living in a designated area of Australia.

This visa allows you and your family to:

  • stay in Australia for up to 4 years
  • live, work and study in a specified regional area of Australia
  • travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid.
  • Pathway to Australian permanent residence
Chain Migration

A new nomination pathway has been introduced by Immigration South Australia known as the Chain Migration. This system allows applicants with an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia to apply for a state nominated visa.

The benefits of the chain migration pathway:

  • Ability to apply for a permanent (190) or provisional (489) visa
  • Access to a more extensive occupation list compared to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
  • Instant visa invitation from DIBP once approved for state nomination
  • Priority visa processing with DIBP

To qualify for the chain migration pathway, applicants must:

  • Have completed a Bachelor degree or higher
  • Meet all DIBP criteria and Immigration South Australia criteria
  • Have 60 points on the DIBP points test.

To qualify for the chain migration pathway, the family member in South Australia must:

  • Be the applicant’s grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother or sister. Applicants can still apply if it’s a step or adoptive parent/sibling.
  • Be an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian Citizen
  • Have resided in South Australia for the past twelve months.
How to Apply?

If you would like to consider your options under the visa programs mentioned above, call us at +65 6299 0245 to schedule an appointment to discuss your application. Serious applicants must act fast because slots for sponsorship are rapidly taken. Alternatively, you may complete our free online assessment to check your eligibility to migrate to Australia.