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SA Government Updates the Nomination Processing Time for GSM Program

SA Government Updates the Nomination Processing Time for GSM Program

April 2021 Updated Nomination Processing Time for General Skilled Migration Program in South Australia

Last Wednesday, 21 April 2021, the South Australia (SA) Government updated its nomination processing time for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program.

The SA Government divides the processing time into two:

  1. Processing time for critical sector occupations;
  2. Processing time for other applications.

Additionally, the SA Government also updated the nomination processing time for the BIIP stream, Employer-Sponsored program and DAMA program. The Government also reminds all applicants that the COVID-19 Pandemic may impact the processing time.

So, what is the updated processing time?

All about South Australia Nomination

All about South Australia Nomination

If you are a skilled worker who wishes to migrate to Australia under the GSM program, you will need a state nomination. State nomination enables the state government of Australia to nominate highly skilled migrants to meet the state’s skills needs; in this case, the South Australia Government can nominate highly skilled migrants to meet South Australia’s skills needs.

You will get additional points for your visa subclass 190 or subclass 491 application by getting a state nomination. Hence, your chance to be qualified for a General Skilled Migration visa will be higher.

To apply for a state nomination from South Australia, you must meet all visa requirements by the Department of Home Affairs and South Australia’s state nomination requirements. Additionally, you must ensure that your nominated occupation is on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List.

Read more: Update of the Skilled Migration Program for Prospective Candidates Currently In South Australia

SA State Nomination Requirements for GSM Program

Infographics SA State Nomination Requirements for GSM Program

Each Australian state has different nomination requirements. Please be noted that the requirements below only apply for South Australia State Nomination:

  • Residency Requirements
    • You must be residing in South Australia when you apply for South Australia state nomination.
  • Age
    • You must be under 45 years old at the time of nomination.
  • Occupation
    • Your nominated occupation must be on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List and meet the eligibility requirements for the occupation.
  • Skill Assessment
    • You must have a valid and positive GSM Skill Assessment from the relevant authority. It must have been issued within the last three years. However, if the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period, the skills assessment is only valid until that specified date.
  • Work Experience
    • You must meet the work experience requirement listed for your occupation.
  • English
    • You must meet the minimum English requirement listed for your occupation.
  • Points
    • You must meet the minimum required points listed for your occupation.

Learn more: South Australia State Nominated Occupation Lists

Updated SA Nomination Processing Time for GSM and Other Programs

The SA Government updated its nomination program for GSM and other migration programs. The Government also claims that the processing times for state nomination, endorsement and Regional Certifying Body advice applications are based on the visa types and application requirements. Hence, to ensure a smooth application process, you must provide all information and documentation prepared when submitting your application.

The current average processing times for General Skilled Migration Program are:

Occupation Average Processing Time
Critical Sector occupations 2-6 weeks
All other applications 8-10 weeks
Occupation Average Processing Time
Critical Sector occupations 2-6 weeks
All other applications 8-10 weeks


Meanwhile, the average processing times for Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) streams and Employer-Sponsored & DAMA are:

Program/Stream Average Processing Time Note
BIIP Streams 4-6 weeks 132VCE and 188E streams may take up to 8 weeks
Employer-Sponsored & DAMA 2-4 weeks
Program/Stream Average Processing Time Note
Estimated Professional Fee (exclude GST) 4-6 weeks 132VCE and 188E streams may take up to 8 weeks
Employer-Sponsored & DAMA 2-4 weeks


Read more: Business Talent (subclass 132) Visa Update: Victoria Will Close New Applications by 1 April 2021

Please be aware of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please be aware of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even though the SA Government put a detailed processing time for its General Skilled Migration and other migration programs, please note that Australia is still facing COVID-19 Pandemic. The Pandemic may affect the assessment and nomination process.

Besides, the state nomination process is also based on a case-by-case basis, which means your case or situation might affect the processing time. As mentioned by the SA Government, you must provide prepared information and documentation when you submit your application to ensure it runs smoothly.

Hence, be sure to provide the information and documentation correctly and wait for the state nomination patiently.

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Published On: April 29th, 2021 / Categories: News, Skilled Migration Visa_en /

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