Key terms: South Australia State Sponsorship – Chain Migration – High Points Nomination - Supplementary Skill List – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa
Immigration South Australia (SA) has announced changes to its state sponsorship programme effective yesterday, 5th April 2017. Two major changes were announced and the details are below.
Change to High Points Requirement
Immigration SA allows access to the Supplementary Skill List of occupations if a SkillSelect applicant is able to meet the high points requirement on the points test. Starting from yesterday the high points requirements has been increase from 80 to 85 points. Applicants will now need to seek additional 5 points to nominate occupations on the Supplementary Skill List or special condition occupations.
Occupations no longer eligible for High Points or Chain Migration Nomination
The following occupations are no longer eligible to seek state nomination from South Australia under the High Points or Chain Migration pathways:
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
International graduates of South Australia and overseas workers employed in South Australia for 12 months or more (6 months for Regional SA) can still access the occupations above.
Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers
The changes announced by Immigration SA may be reflective of the migration programme year nearing its end. Occupation and programme quotas are getting filled as the end of the programme year edges closer and other occupations may experience similar updates. The updates announced are a huge blow to accountants and marketing specialists hoping to apply for SA state sponsorship using high points or family residing in SA.
While there is no certainty we hope that the programme will be made available for all occupations again on 1 July 2017 when the new programme year begins. Applications with the excluded occupations will need to wait until then or seek sponsorship from other available state or territory.
This information is accurate on 6 April 2017
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