Immigration South Australia

Immigration SA

Immigration SA is the state government agency responsible for South Australian state nomination and employer nomination for applicants wishing to migrate to South Australia. To qualify for state or employer nomination, 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 a visa before you seek state or employer nomination.

Visa decisions are the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs and therefore nomination by Immigration SA does not guarantee that your visa application to migrate to Australia will be successful.

Application fees

Immigration SA charges a non-refundable nomination application service fee. The fee must be paid after submitting your application by selecting the ‘submit’ button. The fee is charged on each application. A 0.5% surcharge is also included payable to cover the cost of accepting the payment of the service fee.

The fee and surcharge is payable online with a credit card at the time of lodging an application. The application will not be not be processed by Immigration SA 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 be 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.

Fees will not be refunded for any reason including if your personal circumstances change, if you change your mind and do not wish to continue with your application for nomination or for an Australian visa or if your application for State nomination or a visa is not approved.

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, nomination requirements and the relevant document checklist before applying and preparing your documents.

Immigration SA will make every effort to process your application efficiently. You, as the primary applicant (or if instructed in writing by you, your Migration Agent/authorised recipient) will be contacted regarding the outcome of the decision.

Immigration SA will only fast track applications in exceptionally rare circumstances. It would require extenuating circumstances that are unforeseen AND beyond your control. An approaching age limit, or imminent expiry of documents or work experience will not be deemed unforeseen AND beyond your control.

The processing timeframes published for assessment are to be used as a guide only. While Immigration SA will endeavor to process your application as efficiently as possible there may be circumstances where this timeframe is not able to be met.

Application Submission

You must be a registered user of the website to submit an application for nomination.

All applications are submitted via the secure online application system at

Applications must be submitted within 30 days from the created date. If an application has not be submitted after 30 days from the creation, it will be automatically deleted.  The application can be saved to be progressed anytime within the 30 day period. If saved applications need to be deleted for operational requirements, Immigration SA will advise users in advance via email.

Occupation availability is confirmed at the time an application for skilled migrants (489/190) is submitted, not at the time the application is created.

After the 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.

Changes may only be made to the application before selecting the ‘submit’ button.  To make a copy of your application this must be done prior to selecting the 'submit' button and using the ’copy‘ function located in the ‘my applications‘ page.  Requests to ‘unlock’ a submitted application will be refused.

Immigration SA reserves the right to change the duration of the saved and submit hold timeframe. 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.

Document attachments

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

Documents provided in any other form, unless expressly requested by Immigration SA, 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 decision.  If supporting documentation expires before the application is determined, your application may be refused.

False information

The provision of false information in support of any application to Immigration SA may not only result in the nomination 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 information is provided in support of your application, Immigration SA will also advise the Department of Home Affairs. This may result in a decision to refuse or cancel your visa.

In the event where false 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 the application via the Client Tracking System once the application has been submitted.

All communication from Immigration SA will be via email. It is your responsibility to check your email regularly and to ensure that Immigration SA have the correct email address. Emails sent are deemed to have been received the same day whether you have read them or not.

Migration agent/exempt person

Immigration SA 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 do so will result in the application being refused and the application fee will not be returned.

Immigration SA may provide correspondence to the primary applicant in addition to the authorised recipient. Immigration SA reserves the right to contact the primary applicant directly.

Nomination requirements

The General Skilled Migration, Employer Sponsored and Business Migration programs have different processes and requirements with which an applicant must comply.

Please refer to the Immigration SA website for details of:

  • processing requirements
  • nomination validity periods
  • nomination requirements and post arrival registration requirements for your particular nomination.

South Australian state and employer nomination is not transferable to other states or territories in Australia.

Immigration SA reserves the right to change its nomination requirements. Any changes will be published on our website.

Nomination expiry

The offer of SA nomination 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 will expire. You would then have to reapply for SA nomination and meet the nomination requirements current at that time.

Nomination withdrawal request

You may request that your application be withdrawn.  If you do so before or after the application has been determined, it will be deemed to have been processed and no refund of the application fee will be given. 


Failure to meet the requirements for state nomination will result in a refusal of your application for nomination by Immigration SA. If your nomination application is refused you are able to lodge a new application, all applications including resubmitted applications will incur a fee.

Inadequate documentation, not meeting State nomination requirements, incomplete information, typing errors or inadvertent omission of information and documents, are all grounds for refusal.

Migration agents who do not provide all required applicant contact details will result in the application being refused and the application fee not being returned.

Review of decision

General Skilled Migration and Business migration applications only:

Immigration SA may review your application if you can demonstrate that an administrative error has been made.. Immigration SA will not review your application because you have failed to provide adequate documentation, not met State nomination 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 Immigration SA and provide details regarding the grounds for your review request within 14 calendar days of the refusal notification.

Immigration SA 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 nominated by Immigration SA.

Business migrants

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

Immigration SA and its employees will not take any role in your investment decisions and cannot guarantee any return on your complying investments.

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


By completing and submitting an application, you give permission to Immigration SA 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 Immigration SA who wish to contact you for legitimate reasons (i.e. notification of events, surveys, seminars etc)
  • communicate your particulars and relevant information about your application to other federal and state government bodies including the Department of Home Affairs
  • 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.