Immigration South Australia

01. Should I use a migration agent?
02. Does state nomination guarantee a visa grant?
03. If my visa is refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), can Immigration SA assist me?
04. Can you tell me if an occupation is close to its planning level?
05. What is a program year?
06. Will volunteer work experience be considered as meeting the Immigration SA’s skilled work experience requirement?
07. Can I appeal a refused decision on my application?
08. I am a provisional state nominated provisional visa holder can you tell me how to apply for permanent residency?
09. I’m an international graduate of South Australia. When can I apply for state nomination?
10. How do I change my contact details?
11. What happens if I receive an invitation to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) from the DIBP?

 

01. Should I use a migration agent?


It is your choice whether you wish to use a migration agent to apply for state nomination and your visa.

If you need more information or assistance with the migration process, you can use a registered migration agent. Migration agents can help with choosing the right visa type for your individual circumstances and can help with the application process.

You can find a registered migration agent at:

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02. Does state nomination guarantee a visa grant?


State nomination does not guarantee a visa grant from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), you must also meet all of DIBP’s visa requirements.

Once you have been nominated and received your visa invitation from DIBP, Immigration SA has no further involvement in the DIBP visa application process. All queries about the visa application process, need to be directed to DIBP.

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03. If my visa is refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), can Immigration SA assist me?


The issuing and granting of all visas rests with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Immigration SA does not intervene in the visa decision making process.

Immigration SA is aware of its’ right as the nominating agency to appeal the DIBP refusal decision through the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT), however, it is Immigration SA’s policy not to pursue appeal decisions made by DIBP and regret that we cannot assist you in this matter.

 

04. Can you tell me if an occupation is close to its planning level?


Immigration SA does not release individual occupation planning levels.

The colour coded system on the State Nominated Occupation Lists indicates the number of state nomination places left for that occupation. Occupations are listed as available (green), low availability (blue) or special conditions (red).

Given the changing nature of migration, you're advised to apply for nomination/migration, as soon as you have all the relevant documentation. 

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05. What is a program year?


The South Australian program year relates to the financial year which is from 1 July to 30 June.

 

06. Will volunteer work experience be considered as meeting the Immigration SA’s skilled work experience requirement?


Volunteer work experience isn’t considered to be skilled work experience. It must be paid skilled work experience of at least 20 hours per week.  See the skilled nomination requirements - point 5 for more information.

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07. Can I appeal a refused decision on my application?


If you can demonstrate that an administrative error has been made, please advise what this error is and Immigration SA may review your application. Inadequate documentation, not meeting State nomination requirements, unclear information, typing errors or inadvertent omission of information/document(s), are not reasons to review a decision to refuse.

If the reason for review meets the above criteria, the request must be made via email to Immigration SA and provide details regarding the review request within 14 calendar days of the refusal notification.

Immigration SA will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Migration Review Tribunal against a decision by DIBP declining to grant a visa to any applicants nominated by Immigration SA.

  • Email gsm.sa@sa.gov.au with your name, GSM reference number and the reasons you believe an error has been made.

 

08. I am a provisional state nominated provisional visa holder can you tell me how to apply for permanent residency?


If you are a 489, 487, 495 or 475 visa holder, you can apply for a permanent visa - Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) once you have met the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) requirements. Before applying, you will need to have lived in a regional area of Australia for two years and working full-time for at least one year (in a regional area). Once you qualify, you should lodge your visa application directly with DIBP. Further information on the 887 visa and requirements can be found on the DIBP website.

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09. I’m an international graduate of South Australia. When can I apply for state nomination?


Once you’ve completed your studies and obtained your full General Skilled Migration skills assessment for your nominated occupation, you can apply for state nomination. You don’t have to wait for your official graduation ceremony. You can apply once you have received all of your final grades and have officially met the requirements for your qualification.

 

10. How do I change my contact details?


Once you have registered online, you will be emailed a link to use if you need to change your contact details. Please keep this email for future reference. You can also change your contact details when you're sent our regular online employment surveys.  If you need any registration or survey links to be re-sent to you, please email gsm.sa@sa.gov.au

 

11. What happens if I receive an invitation to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection while I have an outstanding application for State nomination?


You are free to apply for the subclass 189 visa. If you do so, your application for State nomination will be declined, as we are no longer able to assess your application, because DIBP has locked access to your Expression of Interest in the SkillSelect database. The application fee is non-refundable.

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