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State Migration Plan for South Australia
The contents of this article are correct as at 8 January 2011.
On 5 January 2011, a South Australian State Migration Plan (SMP) was announced.
State Migration Plans
SMPs are agreements between individual States and Territories with the Immigration Minister which allow states and territories to nominate General Skilled Migration (GSM) applicants under occupations required to fill skill shortages within their local labour markets.
SMPs specify the occupations into which State and Territory governments can nominate visa applicants and also indicate the number of “nominated” visas that will be granted in any financial year. This is to allow each State and Territory to address their different skill needs and address local skill shortages. States and Territories can nominate applicants for occupations that are not found on Schedule 3 of the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
State or Territory nomination is relevant to those applying for Skilled - Sponsored (176 and 886) and Skilled - Regional Sponsored (475 and 487) visas.
South Australia’s SMP
South Australia’s State Sponsored Migration List (SSML) for 2010/11 is available on the South Australia Migration website. The SSML lists the occupations that Immigration SA will consider for nomination under the SMP. It also specifies “special requirements” for particular skilled occupations which may include higher English language skills or additional work experience for particular occupations.
People eligible for nomination under the South Australian SMP are those who:
The 2010-2011 South Australia SMP has an overall cap of 4890 total visa grants which includes both primary and secondary visa-holders.
In addition, each of the listed skilled occupations has a planning level. Once that level has been reached, the particular skilled occupation will be displayed as “Not Available” on the SSML.
It may still be possible to obtain nomination in an occupation that is “Not Available”, however additional criteria must be met (“Off-list sponsorship criteria”).
Specifically, this is limited to applicants who are:
If you have any questions concerning South Australian or other State Migration Plans, please click this link to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.