Are you thinking about migrating to Australia on a Skilled Visa? You may like to consider Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, as a destination to live and work in Australia. Apart from the multitude of benefits that Adelaide offers in terms of lifestyle, employment opportunities, highly regarded education institutions from school-age to tertiary study, and rich cultural experiences, among its many other features, this beautiful city also offers an opportunity for permanent migration to Australia through the Subclass 190 Skilled (Nominated) Visa.

Why Choose A 190 Visa Migration Agent In Adelaide?

A Registered Migration Agent (RMA) like PAX Migration Australia, who are experts in migration law, can assist you with your application for an Adelaide visa 190. The team of professionals will draw on their qualifications, skills and many years of experience to help guide you through the process by assessing your eligibility, developing a roadmap for achieving your migration goals in Australia, and acting on your behalf in migration matters should you choose to appoint PAX Migration Australia as your RMA. Or, you may like to get better informed about your eligibility for the visa 190 Adelaide and how it works by seeking a consultation with a professional at PAX Migration Australia, and using the knowledge gained to prepare and lodge your own application. The flexible range of services on offer means you can choose the right option for you, based on your personal goals and circumstances. Contact PAX Migration Australia to discuss your needs today.

Being better informed by seeking advice for a Subclass 190 visa from a migration agent in Adelaide can also help to improve your chances of achieving a successful outcome on your application. It means preparing your application using the most up-to-date information and tailored advice based on your personal situation. This lessens the chance of making errors or missing important information in your application. Having the RIGHT knowledge, and more importantly, applying this correctly to your own individual circumstances, is key when it comes to migration.

For more on how an RMA can assist with your Adelaide 190 visa, we refer you to the following articles:

Selecting a migration agent in Australia

Should I use a migration agent or immigration lawyer for my application?

Migration Agent Australia

Immigration Agent In Adelaide

Best Migration Agent In Adelaide

Let’s now examine in more detail the Adelaide Subclass 190 visa, including its main features, eligibility requirements and the process involved in applying.

What Are The Key Features Of The Subclass 190 Visa?

The Subclass 190 visa is a State Sponsored visa which grants automatic permanent residence in Australia. Here are its main features:

Expression Of Interest (EOI) Must Be Lodged Before You Can Apply For A Subclass 190 Visa

As part of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa programme, one of its main features is an invitation-based system, which requires you to submit an Expression of Interest (“EOI”) with the Department of Home Affairs (“the Department”) as a first step in expressing your interest in applying for the Adelaide visa 190. Only upon receipt of an invitation can you then proceed to apply for the Adelaide 190 visa itself.

Invitations are issued by Immigration SA throughout each month, with the number of nomination approvals publicly available. As an example, you can see the invitations issued in March 2020 by referring to our Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 April 2020 article (scroll down to the section titled ‘State and Territory Government nominations’).

Migration Points Test Pass Mark Is Required To Apply For An Adelaide Visa 190

Another important feature of the visa 190 Adelaide is that you must pass a Migration Points Test by attaining at least 65 points to lodge an EOI. The points test is based on several attributes including age, qualifications, and employment experience. Each element is allocated a certain number of points, based on what are deemed to be the most desirable attributes for applicants to possess as part of the GSM visa programme. For example, more advanced English language skills will attain a higher number of points than achieving just the baseline Competent English level, which is one of the eligibility requirements to qualify for the Subclass 190 visa (and which grants nil points in the points test). Achieving Proficient or Superior English in a prescribed English language points test within three years of receiving an invitation to apply for the Subclass 190 visa will grant you an additional 10 or 20 points, respectively.

One of the other benefits of applying for a Subclass 190 visa is that it grants an additional 5 points in the points test on account of nomination approval by a State or Territory Government. This allows you to build up your overall points score quicker to reach the minimum 65 points needed to lodge an EOI. Sometimes, a small number of points as low as 5 can be the difference between being able to submit an EOI and not having enough points to do so. Every little bit helps.

Before we move on, it is important to be aware that for certain skilled visas (like the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa, for example), achieving just the baseline points score of 65 does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for the visa as the EOI process is very competitive. The recent experience has been that the actual points score required to secure an invitation has been significantly higher than 65 points. One benefit of applying for the Subclass 190 visa is the fact that you only need to achieve 65 points to be considered for nomination approval by Immigration SA. Provided you meet the nomination requirements, you will likely be in a better position to be granted approval for a  Subclass 190 visa with only 65 points than you would if applying for the Subclass 189 visa (for which invitations are issued purely based on points score). Indeed, you will only be considered for invitation approval for the subclass 189 visa if you achieve the minimum required cut-off score (which changes each ‘invitation round,’ on a monthly basis). This means lower points scoring applicants are likely to have a better chance of securing an invitation for a visa 190 Adelaide than they are for the subclass 189 visa.

Calculate your own points score by using the PAX Migration Points Test Calculator.

You can also learn more about the Subclass 189 visa and how it differs from the 190 visa Adelaide in our Article Roadmap for skilled applicants – which road should I take?

Apply For State Nomination Approval For The Subclass 190 Visa

Subject to meeting nomination requirements, you will need to apply for nomination approval from a State or Territory Government to be eligible for the Adelaide 190 visa. Nominations in South Australia are administered by Immigration South Australia (SA), which is a State Government agency. Immigration SA will assess whether you meet all relevant nomination requirements and if successful, you will be issued with an invitation by the Department to apply for the 190 visa Adelaide. You will then have 60 days in which to apply.

It is also important to point out that State nomination requirements are set by each State and Territory Government according to their own individual needs. Before applying for SA nomination approval, it is important to check what the requirements are and to ensure that you meet them (along with providing all required supporting documents to support your claims).

To summarise, the nomination requirements you will need to meet to be approved for an Adelaide 190 visa are:

  • Be under 45 years of age at time of nomination;
  • Your skilled occupation must be listed on the SA State Nominated Occupation List. You may also be able to access a supplementary occupation list and ‘special conditions apply’ occupations in certain circumstances;
  • A positive Skills Assessment from the prescribed authority is required;
  • Demonstrate that you have skilled employment experience of at least one year in the last three years (certain occupations have a higher work experience requirement). A work experience waiver is also available to international graduates of South Australia;
  • Demonstrate an English language competency level as required for your nominated skilled occupation. Exemptions apply to applicants who hold a passport/citizenship from certain countries; and
  • Meet a financial capacity requirement, which is designed to ensure that you have sufficient funds to settle in South Australia.

Lodge An Application For The Subclass 190 Visa With The Department

Subject to receiving an invitation to apply for the Subclass 190 visa, you can then proceed with lodging an application for the Adelaide visa 190. To do so, you need to meet the Department’s requirements (which are separate to those which apply at the State Nomination phase of the process). These requirements apply to all visa 190 Adelaide applicants, irrespective of which State or Territory approves their nomination.

In many respects, visa requirements largely mirror those that are required at the nomination stage, although you may find that some can be of a lower standard for immigration purposes. For example, the Department requires applicants to achieve a level of Competent English to qualify for the visa. Whereas Immigration SA may require a higher English competency level based on your selected skilled occupation.

Similarly, applicants may be required to demonstrate a minimum period of skilled employment experience to qualify for SA State nomination, whereas no such requirement applies to qualify for a Subclass 190 visa. Work experience is, however, a relevant consideration when it comes to the points test. So, even though there is no minimum work experience requirement to qualify for the visa itself, having a certain number of years of appropriately skilled work experience will grant you additional points, and thereby help you to achieve a higher overall points test balance (helping you to reach the minimum 65 points balance). Work experience is also relevant to the Skills Assessment, which is a requirement for the 190 visa Adelaide.

You can read more about the visa requirements (along with State nomination requirements) for the Adelaide visa 190 in our article on State Sponsorship Options.

How Do You Apply For A Subclass190 Visa?

To summarise what we have discussed, the process involved in applying for an Adelaide Subclass 190 visa consists of the following multiple steps:

  1. First, you need to submit an EOI with the Department (subject to meeting prescribed requirements, which includes achieving a minimum pass mark of 65 in the points test). All applicants, irrespective of which State or Territory they apply to for State Nomination, must meet the same requirements to be eligible to lodge an EOI;
  2. At the same time, you need to apply for nomination approval to Immigration SA (subject to meeting prescribed nomination requirements – which vary among each jurisdiction); and
  3. Subject to receiving an invitation to apply for the visa, proceed by lodging a visa application with the Department (again, subject to meeting prescribed requirements, which are the same for all visa 190 Adelaide applicants, no matter which State or Territory grants nomination approval).

Get More Information

For further information on the Subclass 190 visa, please see the following article:

Subclass 190 State Sponsorship Visa

See also our Spotlight on South Australia article, for more information on what it is like to live in the State if you are considering applying for SA State nomination.

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Sources/Links:

Government of South Australia – Immigration South Australia

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/

Government of South Australia – Immigration South Australia – Visa Options – Skilled Visas – Skilled Nominated Visa – Subclass 190

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/visa-options/skilled-visas/skilled-nominated-visa

Government of South Australia – Immigration South Australia – Skilled migrants – Supporting Information

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/supporting-information/state-nomination-requirements

Government of South Australia – Immigration South Australia – Skilled migrants – South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/occupation-lists/south-australia-skilled-occupation-list

Government of South Australia – Immigration South Australia – International graduates -International graduate occupation and waiver requirements

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/International-graduates/international-graduate-occupation-and-waiver-requirements