Immigration SA has introduced changes to its GSM (General Skilled Migration)state nomination rules.
The new Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Provisional Visa was introduced by Australia on 16th November. With it, South Australia has reviewed its State Nominated Occupation List as well as the requirements for state nomination.
There were no changes made to occupations where “Special Conditions Apply”. The occupations where the status was “Special Conditions Apply” before the Subclass 489 applications were closed remained the same. Also, most occupations which were only open to high-scoring applicants also remained the same.
The new changes to the state nomination rules of South Australia include:
- For some occupations and categories, the minimum required points as per the Dept. of Home Affairs point test has been increased. Some occupations now require 75 or 85 points to qualify. However, international graduates from SA or those working in the state for the past 12 months still need only 65 points to qualify. Also, the minimum points required for most trade occupations are also 65 points.
- There are limited visa places available for the Subclass 190 Visa. Hence, additional eligibility requirements have been introduced. Applicants applying under the high-points category now need 95 points to qualify. For the chain migration category, applicants must score 75 points to qualify.
- The application fee has been increased by 10% for all state nomination applications for South Australia. The new application fee will apply to all applications submitted on or after 4th December 2019.
Immigration SA has also stated that there will be no more addition to the State Nominated Occupation List when the system starts accepting applications.
Applicants must note that South Australia is now accepting state nomination applications for the Subclass 190 as well as the Subclass 491 Visa.
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