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South Australia Open Nominations for Business & Skilled Immigration Programs

South Australia Opens Business & Skilled Migration To Favour Foreign Immigration.

As per recent updates by the South Australian government on immigration, offshore, onshore applicants can apply for RoI (Registration of Interest) for state nominations in South Australia.  

  • Offshore applicants: Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491
  • Onshore applicants: Visa Subclass 491 and the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190
  • Australia business visa subclass 188


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South Australia covers some of the aridest parts of the continent. The state’s capital is Adelaide and is the most populated region as well as concentrated with high-skilled immigrants and foreign business investors.

Under the 2021-22 Migration Program planning levels, South Australia got a total of 6,200 visa spaces for state nomination.

  • For Skilled Work Regional [subclass 491] visa: 2,600 visa spaces
  • For Skilled Nominated [subclass 190] Visa: 2,600 visa spaces
  • For Business Innovation and Investment Program [BIIP]: 1,000 visa spaces

Skilled Migration Program 2021-2022

The skilled migrants in South Australia (SA) include immigrants under the Talent & Innovators program, International Graduate of South Australia, or those currently working in South Australia (including long-term residents in SA). 

Such applicants, especially offshore applicants are required to have a Certificate for proficiency in English and 2-8 years of work experience (based on priority) related to the occupation, in order to be considered for state nominations by SA. International graduates meeting all the state’s study requirements of South Australia will receive additional points when applying for any of two visa subclasses.

Relaxations Made in Business Innovation & Investment Visa 

For the new 2021-2022 program year, the government of South Australia has removed 2 steps from the application process that had been used in the previous 2020-2021 program year. 

The government has done away with a mandatory requirement of arranging an exploratory visit to South Australia and also remove the requirement for submitting an Intention to Apply [ITA] form.

Applicants under BIIP (subclass 188) visa will be assessed in 4 quarterly periods: 

  • Round 1 Assessments: From August 2, 2021, to September 24, 2021
  • Round 2 Assessments: From October 25, 2021, to December 17, 2021
  • Round 3 Assessments: From January 31, 2022, to March 25, 2022
  • Round 4 Assessments: From May 2, 2022, to June 24, 2022

Australia Continues to be in Strict Lockdown

On the whole, Australia is yet to fully open up to foreign travellers. The government has said Australia will not re-open until at least 80% of its population is vaccinated, likely to be sometime next year. The current total is 19%. More than half of Australia’s 26 million people are currently in lockdown, mostly in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

That being said, Australian immigration is expected to see a post-pandemic boom, sometime in the next year. As an experienced immigration consultancy firm, CanApprove advises all aspirants to be prepared for demand surge well in advance. 

Take this free assessment online to explore more immigration programs in Australia. 

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