The 2023–24 General Skilled Migration (GSM) program has commenced, and the South Australian Government has released the state’s Skilled Occupation List for the same period

To manage the substantial interest from potential applicants residing and working in South Australia, the state has adopted a Registration of Interest (ROI) system. This means that individuals interested in state nomination must first submit an ROI and wait for an invitation from South Australia before they can proceed with their nomination application. It is not possible for potential applicants to directly apply for state nomination.

Within this invitation-based process, South Australia will give preference to retaining international graduates and temporary visa holders who have ties to the state.

Highly skilled foreign workers with expertise in fields in demand in South Australia, such as Trades and Construction, Defence, Health, Education, Natural and Physical Science, and Social and Welfare Professions, will receive invitations to apply for South Australian nomination.

Additionally, South Australia is actively seeking highly skilled foreign workers who can significantly contribute to the state’s rapidly growing industries and national priority projects. This includes individuals with experience in the defense industry or highly specialized skills in digital and critical technologies.

International graduates and other temporary visa holders will continue to be considered for a wide range of occupations, consistent with previous years. There are more than 290 occupations available for skilled workers applying from overseas.

Regarding the 2023–24 Business Innovation and Investment Program, South Australia is not currently accepting applications for state nomination under the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). However, business or investor migrants holding a provisional visa (subclass 188) can apply for nomination for the extension stream or permanent visa (subclass 888) during the 2023–24 period, as these categories are not subject to nomination caps.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

28 Sep, 2023

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