South Australian Immigration

Work Visa Lawyers is based in Adelaide, South Australia. Our team of South Australian immigration lawyers and registered migration agents (RMA’s) can help advise you through the complex world of immigration. We pride ourselves on being able to help you immigrate anywhere in Australia, especially to our home state of South Australia. Contact us if you would like to find out more about your South Australian immigration opportunities.

About South Australia

South Australia (SA) also referred to as the ‘The Festival State’ or ‘The Wine State’ is located in the southern central part of Australia. Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is home to 1.3 million of the 1.7 million people living in South Australia. Adelaide, along with South Australia, is noted for its many festivals, sporting events, food and wine, its long beach fronts, and large defense and manufacturing sectors.

Why Choose South Australia

For migrants looking to immigrate to Australia, South Australia has a great deal to offer. Whether you are a visitor, student, or migrant, South Australia has a number of opportunities available.

First, South Australia has a high standard of living. Not only has Adelaide been ranked as one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world by the Economist, but since 2011, Adelaide has been ranked as Australia’s most livable city three times.

Second, South Australia wants more migration. With plenty of regional occupations available and even more opportunities, both the state government and businesses are calling for more skilled migrants. In fact, during November 2018 the state government and Immigration SA created the Supporting Innovation South Australia (SISA) visa. The SISA visa is aimed at foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan to come to SA. With short processing times, and a low application cost, the SISA visa is already creating many opportunities for migrants, South Australia, and local economies.

Third, the South Australian government has finalized some ground-breaking developments for the state and in turn migrants. In 2018 alone, South Australia acquired contracts to build the largest steel plant in the developed world and was granted the headquarters for Australia’s first dedicated space agency.

Whether you would like to live in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD or in regional South Australia, our team of South Australian immigration lawyers and registered migration agents can highlight all the opportunities for migrants to make the move.  

Popular Visas for South Australia

As an immigration service based in South Australia, we felt that compiling a short list of popular visas may be more beneficial for you. Simply click on the visa to find out more details and requirements.


Business & Investment Visas

Business Talent subclass 132 Visa

The Business Talent 132 Visa encourages successful business owners and investors to settle in Australia while developing a new or existing Australian business. The subclass 132 visa encompasses 2 streams that allow for permanent residency. While the 132 visa is not specific to South Australia, SA does receive nearly half of the total amount 132 visas issued.  Contact Work Visa Lawyers to review your business visa options.


Skilled Migration Visas

Skilled Migration Visas such as the 489, 190, and 187 visa require you complete a migration skills assessment form an assessing authority. What you need to know about the Vetassess Skills Assessment.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 Visa

The subclass 489 visa is one of South Australia’s most google searched visas and for good reason. The 489 visa is for skilled workers who want to live and work in Australia. It allows migrants to live and work in South Australia with their families. If you are nominated for a 489 visa, you may receive 10 points, which can make all the difference when trying to reach the minimum 65 points. Once you have fulfilled your 489 visa, you may be able to apply for the Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa (subclass 887) for permanent residence.

The 2018/2019 monthly 489 visa Skillselect Round Results  and Skilled Occupation List.

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

The subclass 190 visa is another very popular visa that allows migrants to come work in Australia on permanently. The subclass 190 visa is a state nominated visa, meaning, that your occupation will need to be on the nominated occupation list. If you are granted this visa you will able to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency. Once you have fulfilled you 190 visa requirements you may be able to apply for citizenship, if eligible.


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visas

RSMS Subclass 187 Visa

The subclass 187 visa allows skilled workers, who are to be nominated by their employer in regional Australia. Once you are granted a 187 visa you will be able to live and work in Australia permanently. With lots of available occupations and opportunities, the 187 visa could be how you continue your professional career in regional South Australia.

Note that all of South Australia is considered a regional area for the RSMS. This means you are able to live outside or in the city.


South Australian Visas

Supporting Innovation In South Australia (SISA) Visa

(Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa)

The (SISA) Visa, also referred to as ‘The South Australian Entrepreneur Visa’ was opened on 21 November 2018 and will run until 30 November 2021. The visas the initiative is aimed at foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan. With short processing times, and a low application cost SISA is creating several opportunities for migrants, South Australia, and local economies.


Student Visas

Student Subclass 500 Visa

The student visa (subclass 500) allows students to visit Australia on a course of study for up to 5 years. The subclass 500 will allow students to participate in an eligible course of study and bring family members with them to Australia. Students must pass a the GTE requirements as well as an English language test such as the IELTS.

South Australia is home to a number of outstanding universities, such as the University of Adelaide, that offer a number of incredible opportunities to international students.


Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visas

Temporary Skills Shortage Subclass 482 Visa

In 2018, the subclass 482 visa replaced Australia’s most popular visa, the subclass 457 visa. While the 482 visa is still brand new, it is one of the more common temporary work visas. 482 visa applicants must review the skills assessment and occupation list before applying.

The TSS visa is aimed to help Australian businesses unable to fill skilled positions locally. With recent outcry for more skilled workers in South Australia, specifically regional South Australia, the 482 visa may be your ticket to settling in Australia.

While the TSS 482 visa is not a regional visa, though, TSS applications which are located in regional Australia, such as South Australia, are often given priority processing over other TSS visa applications.

Find out the Top 10 Things You Should Know About The 482 Visa.


Partner Visas (Spousal)

Partner Visa (Permanent) Subclass 801 Visa

The Partner subclass 801 visa is one of the most popular of the family visa’s because it allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen living in Australia permanently.

Recently, we have witnessed changes to the partner visa that has affected processing times. Check out our 7 tips to get better processing times and an approved application.

*Please note that the list above is not your only options when immigrating to South Australia. If you would like to find out more about South Australian visas or the other options you may have, please contact us for up to date trustworthy information.


Our South Australian Immigration Lawyers & Migration Agents

Chris Johnston

Our founder, and the principle immigration lawyer at Work Visa Lawyers, Chris Johnston, has focused his practice on immigration for over 10 years. Between 2006 and 2011 Chris worked for both of the largest migration advice businesses in South Australia.

In 2011 Chris established Work Visa Lawyers and has since been elected by his peers to serve as the South Australian State President for the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and a Director on the National Board of the MIA. (The MIA is the peak professional body for registered migration agents in Australia).

Through growing up in Adelaide, South Australia and having lived throughout Australia, Chris is able to use his professional knowledge and life experiences to help you navigating the complex world of visa applications and settling in South Australia.  

Find out more about Chris Johnston’s practice areas.

Christina Lien

Christina holds a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master in Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Migration Practice. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2012.

Before joining Work Visa Lawyers as both an immigration lawyer and registered migration agent, Christina spent two years as a Barristers Clerk working on complex common law matters in State and Federal jurisdictions. Following this, she spent three years as an assistant to a State Member of Parliament. Christina has a strong understanding of the department of home affairs and the federal government which allows her to effectively resolve complex migration matters.

Having lived and studied exclusively in South Australia, Christina is an Adelaidean through and through. If you are searching for honest and reliable South Australian immigration advice, speak with Christina to review all your options.  

Find out more about Christina Lien’s practice areas.

Wendy Guan

Wendy is a registered migration agent who has experience in a range of visas. She is also able to leverage her industry gained knowledge in business to help you through the immigration process.  

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of International Trade. She completed a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and Practice, obtaining the status of Registered Migration Agent in 2016.

Before joining Work Visa Lawyers Wendy spent 8 years working in an international student hostel dedicated to assisting thousands of international students to settle into student life in Australia. She then spent 2 years working as a consultant, providing migration advice and services for a number of skilled migrants.

Having also studied and migrated to Australia, Wendy understands the migration process from personal experience. She looks forward to assisting you with your Australian Visa and citizenship needs.

Find out more about Wendy Guan’s practice areas.

Luke Edwards

Luke holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. In 2018 he was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

While completing his degree, Luke pursued an interest in migration through undertaking courses in Migration Law and Policy, as well as Refugee Law and Policy. Luke has been immersed within Australian immigration since doing his university work experience with Work Visa Lawyers in 2016.

Having lived in Adelaide his whole life, Luke is able to answer almost any South Australian question you may have. Moreover, Luke has gained invaluable experience and knowledge from working directly under Chris Johnston. Through with his own South Australian experiences and professional expertise, Luke can assist you with any Australian migration concerns you may have.

Find out more about Luke Edwards practice areas.

South Australian Immigration Services

Our team of South Australian immigration lawyers and registered migration agents have helped thousands of migrant work towards their dreams of living in Australia. Work Visa Lawyers is devoted to providing professional and excellent immigration services to all of our clients around Australia and the world. Being a South Australian based immigration service, we are in tune with the SA communities and immigration climate. It’s becoming more and more difficult to overlook South Australia when immigrating to Australia.

Whether you are a student, skilled worker, or an international business professional, Work Visa Lawyers is committed to ensuring that every applicant knows what options they have. If you are concerned about your Australian immigration application, dealing with the Department of Home Affairs, or have questions about what your opportunities you may be, please contact Work Visa Lawyers.

Do you need help with an Australian visa application?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting applicants in all matters relating to Australian visa applications, including Student Visa applications. Our areas of expertise include Student Visas, Skilled Migration visas, Business Skills Migration visas, Employer-Sponsored Work Visas, Partner, and other Family Migration visas, as well as Migration Review Tribunal, Judicial Review and Ministerial Intervention.


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