With the current quotas getting achieved toward the end of the migration program year, two major changes were recently announced for South Australia (SA) state sponsorship program:
High Points Nomination
To seek SA nomination, you must have an occupation on the State Nominated Occupation List and meet the eligibility requirements for that occupation. When the planning level of an occupation is reached, it may be listed as “Special Conditions Apply”.
You may be able to access the Supplementary Skill List by meeting the “high points requirement” on the points test under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s point test. This requirement has now been increased from 80 to 85 points, effective from 9.00 AM (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017. This will not impact applications lodged prior to this time.
High points and chain migration exclusions
Chain migration is a state nomination pathway for skilled workers who meet the nomination requirements and have an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia. The following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:
- 221111 Accountant (General)
- 223111 Human Resource Adviser (not available for high points since 02/09/2016)
- 225113 Marketing Specialist
- 225412 Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
- 242111 University Lecturer
- 242112 University Tutor
- 251511 Hospital Pharmacist
- 251513 Retail Pharmacist
The above change will impact the applications lodged after 1pm on 5 April 2017 and may be refused if applying for high points or chain migration nomination.
Consult our team of registered migration agents to explore possible visa options including nomination from other state or territories and employer or family sponsored visas.
For further information, please contact one of our Registered Migration Agents.