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Move to South Australia Replaces Immigration SA - Requirement Changes

Move to South Australia Replaces Immigration SA - Requirement Changes

Rebrand to “Move to South Australia - Skilled + Business Migration” now has a new look.

We noticed that Immigration South Australia has changed its name to Move to South Australia.

New Move to South Australia Logo

Move to South Australia has updated its criteria for interim 491 and 190 nominations to support and prioritise South Australia’s economic recovery and public health response. 

We have published changes to the other state nomination programs here:

Move to South Australia has made quite a few changes to how the old systems operated.


SA State Nomination Interim Requirements August 2020 to October 2020 for Business and Skilled Migration

Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

The old skilled migration state nomination model for 491 visa and 190 visa has been flipped. 

An invitation to submit an online application for state-nomination will be sent to prospective applicants with EOIs that meet Commonwealth and South Australian priorities.

Interim State Nomination Process Model August 2020

  1. Submit EOI
  2. Only if you are living in outer regional South Australia, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let them know you have submitted an EOI!
  3. Move to South Australia review available EOIs and select who they want to invite
  4. If your EOI is chosen, you will be invited to submit a state nomination application with Move to South Australia (This must be submitted within 10 business days!)
  5. If approved by Move to South Australia, you will then receive an invitation through SkillSelect (This may take up to 6 to 8 weeks)
  6. Lodge skilled visa

Old State Nomination Model

  1. Submit EOI
  2. Submit Immigration SA state nomination
  3. If Step 2 approved, receive invitation through SkillSelect
  4. Lodge skilled visa

Talent and Innovators Program and Currently living and working in South Australia are the priority Streams.

No occupation list

There is currently no occupation list for South Australia state nomination.

The Move to South Australia Occupations List will be available from mid-October 2020.

This means that for the interim August 2020 to October 2020, South Australia might choose any candidates listed in the 491 visa or 190 visa occupation lists.

Request for Information from Move to South Australia

Move to South Australia have indicated that they may request more information from you to help them considering your EOI.

They have made it clear that this does not mean that you will be invited

We expect that this will be an important part of how Move to South Australia make their decisions, as they have previously had a strong focus on candidates who have key retention factors such as:

  • Ongoing employment in South Australia
  • A period of living and working in South Australia
  • Limited history in other states in Australia

We expected requests for information might be focused around these points.

Business Migration - 132 visa and 188 visa

Move to South Australia will be focused on securing high quality operators who can make a large positive contribution to the South Australian economy, industry and employment outcomes.


Business Migration State Nomination Interim Process, Round 1: September 2020

  1. Submit an intention to apply with Move to South Australia before 7 September 2020
  2. Complete response to email received after step 1 to provide additional information
  3. Submit your EOI in SkillSelect
  4. Give your EOI reference to Move to South Australia through your Intention to Apply
  5. If selected, you will be notified by Move to South Australia (this will take place between 7 September 2020 and 18 September 2020)
  6. Then, submit an online application for state nomination with Move to South Australia
  7. If approved, you will receive an invitation to apply through SkillSelect (this may take around 4 weeks)
  8. Then, proceed to submit your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.


To be selected, you must have visited South Australia before (and be able to show this!).


Unsuccessful invitations to apply will be reconsidered in Round 2.

New SA State Nomination Requirements from October 2020

Immigration South Australia has posted some changes to the nomination requirements which will take place once the full nomination allocations have been received from the Federal Australian Government. This is expected around October 2020.

Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

For the new state nomination program 2020-2021, Move to South Australia is introducing 3 new streams.

Streams for Move to South Australia 491 visa and 190 visa State Nomination

There are now 3 stream to the 190/491 visa:

  1. Employment stream: For businesses employing, or seeking to employ a highly talented skilled migrant 
  2. Independent talent stream: For high calibre applicants seeking state nomination 
  3. Small business and start up stream*: For skilled migrants who have started their own business.
    *NOTE: This stream will be available soon. 

Further information regarding these streams will be available from mid-October 2020.

There are different occupations list for 190 and 491 visa.

More information to come soon!

Business Migration - 132 visa and 188 visa

More information to come soon!


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