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International Students + Migration Webinar Questions

StudyAdelaide recently held a migration webinar with Skilled & Business Migration (formerly Immigration SA) about skilled migration options for international students in South Australia.  These are the answers to some of the questions asked during the webinar.

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Can you indicate what occupations are considered as critical sectors?

See the critical skills listed for the Australian Government’s Travel Exemption Requirements.


Are there any waiver options for high-performing graduates? What are the parameters?

For the current Expression of Interest process, PhD or Masters by Research graduates of South Australia will be considered for an invitation to apply without work experience. 

South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and requirements for the 20/21 program year have not been published yet. 

We are unable to provide you with an exact date. 

Please keep monitoring South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List on the Skilled & Business Migration website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.  

There will be information published about high performing graduates of South Australia when the skilled occupation list is published.


Do international students have to stay in Australia for more than 7 years to get PR?

South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and requirements for the 20/21 program year have not been published yet.  

We are unable to provide you with an exact date. 

Please keep monitoring South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List on the Skilled & Business Migration website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates. 

There will be information published about requirements for international graduates of South Australia when the skilled occupation list is published. 

You don’t have to remain in South Australia for 7 years to get state nomination, you need to graduate in South Australia and then meet the work experience requirement in South Australia for your occupation.


How does DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) work?

The South Australian DAMA, is a Designated Area Migration Agreement between the Commonwealth Government and the Government of South Australia to enable employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions that they are unable to fill with local workers. South Australia has two DAMAs:

  • The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement: is the Designated Area Migration Agreement covering the Adelaide Metropolitan region only.
  • The South Australia Regional Workforce Agreement: is the Designated Area Migration Agree covering the entire state of South Australia.

For more information please visit Skilled & Business Migration – Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)


How much time would it takes to convert a student visa into Temporary Residency and PR?

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants. 

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs  – Post Study Work Stream for more information and eligibility for the visa. 

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs Visa Options to learn more about PR pathways suitable for you.


If the student is working under his nominated occupation with ABN for 12 months, does this qualify for "working for the last 12 months" condition? Or the job must be conducted with TFN only to meet the above condition?

You would need to provide sufficient evidence that you have been working for the required period for at least 40 hours per fortnight in your nominated (or closely related) occupation. 

You should collect evidence such as BAS, invoices from clients, service agreements, lease agreement, superannuation. 

Those are just some examples and you will need to check the requirements for your occupation once we have published the occupation list for 20/21.


What visas are available to students who study in Adelaide after graduation related to migration?

International graduates of South Australia have the opportunity to apply for a permanent or provisional state nominated visa depending on their occupation and situation. Please also see the supporting information for details of the requirements and concessions and waivers available. Below are options for state nomination:

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website – Post Study Work Stream for more information and eligibility for the visa.


Is there an anticipated date of when the new SA occupation list will be announced?

Skilled Occupation List has not been published yet. 

Skilled & Business Migration are unable to provide you with an exact date, however subscribe to the email newsletter for updates.


Will state nomination focus on critical sector occupations and provide them priority processing in 2021?

South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and requirements for the 20/21 program year have not been published yet. 

We are unable to provide you with an exact date.  

Please keep monitoring South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List on our website and subscribe to our newsletter for updates

There will be information published about the new state nomination requirements when the skilled occupation list is published.


I am currently an offshore student and have started my program at an institution in Adelaide.  I cannot travel however due to the COVID-19 border restrictions.  Will this affect my 485-visa requirement and later 491 VISA requirements?

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants. 

You will need to check the requirements for state nomination when they are published for 20/21. 

Skilled & Business Migration are currently focusing on nominating skilled workers who are currently working in South Australia in critical skills. 

The SA government does not provide assistance with travel exemption applications – see the information below.

“Graduates affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions will be able to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia (where they have met all the requirements).”  Department of Home Affairs


I have applied for a skills assessment as a Community Worker and have more than year of experience as a Disability Support Worker. Which visas I am eligible to apply for permanent residency and when they will be opened to apply?

You can become a permanent resident of Australia by applying for and being granted a permanent visa. The most common permanent visas are skilled work visas.

Please visit Skilled & Business Migration – visa options for more information.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants.  

The Department of home Affairs has a useful tool to explore visa options.


I have completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from The University of Adelaide and a Master of Accounting and finance at the University of Melbourne.  I'm currently doing an MBA at The University of Adelaide and working as a junior assistant accountant in Adelaide. I guess I will be applying graduate visa 485 after I complete MBA in Adelaide. What is the next best thing I should do to obtain PR?

Skilled and Business Migration are not involved in administering the 485 visas, please refer to the Home Affairs website for further information.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants. 

Please visit Department of Home Affair’s Temporary Graduate Visa – Post -Study Work Stream Visa to learn more about this visa and the eligibility. For all queries related to visa conditions you must refer directly to the Department of Home Affairs.


I completed a Master of Professional Accounting (Coursework) and achieved a GPA of 6.37 which makes me a high performing graduate.  I have been working as an Accountant in an accounting firm for almost 1.5 years. I have 80 points for 190 and 90 points for 491. What are my chances of PR? 

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants.

For all queries related to visa conditions and eligibility, you must refer directly to the Department of Home Affairs.


Could you please share the possible options for state nomination and migration for international graduates.

International graduates of South Australia have the opportunity to apply for a permanent or provisional state nominated visa depending on their occupation and situation. 

Please also see the supporting information for details of the requirements and concessions and waivers available.


If I defer a semester, how does that affect my chances of getting a post study work visa?

Skilled and Business Migration are not involved in administering the 485 visas, please refer to the Home Affairs website for further information.

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants. 

Please visit Department of Home Affair’s Temporary Graduate Visa – Post -Study Work Stream Visa to learn more about this visa and the eligibility. 

For all queries related to visa conditions you must refer directly to the Department of Home Affairs.


As a fresh graduate, are there any other options for me other than the 485-graduate visa? If so, what are the requirements, costs and benefits of the other options when compared to the 485 visas?

International graduates of South Australia have the opportunity to apply for a permanent or provisional state nominated visa depending on their occupation and situation. 

Please also see the supporting information for details of the requirements and concessions and waivers available.


Does the high performing graduate program still have GPA criteria for undergraduate students? 

South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and requirements for the 20/21 program year have not been published yet. We are unable to provide you with an exact date. 

Please keep monitoring South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List on the Skilled & Business Migration website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates. 

There will be information published about high performing graduates of South Australia when the skilled occupation list is published.


When and how can I access the additional year(s) for 485? Is it available for those holding a 485 in SA now?

Skilled and Business Migration are not involved in administering the 485 visas, please refer to the Home Affairs website for further information.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs administers all decisions and is the authority to all matter related to visa eligibility, conditions and grants. 

Please visit Department of Home Affair’s Temporary Graduate Visa – Post -Study Work Stream Visa to learn more about this visa and the eligibility.

For all queries related to visa conditions you must refer directly to the Department of Home Affairs.



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