491 Visa South Australia

South Australia 491 Visa Program

The Skilled Work Regional 491 visa allows points-tested skilled workers and their families to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years. This visa is for people who wish to settle in regional Australia who have skills that are in high demand in Australia’s labour market.

Here we would like to provide you the latest update about the requirements and process to apply for the 491 visa for South Australia.

Minimum 491 nomination requirements for South Australia

  1. Applicants must meet Home Affairs minimum requirements for age, English levels and Points, and
  2. Applicants must nominate an occupation eligible for a 190 or 491 nomination on the Skilled Migration Occupation List  and have a valid and positive Skills Assessment for that occupation, and
  3. Applicants must be currently working in South Australia for at least the last 3 months in their nominated or closely related occupation, for at least 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight. The work experience must be undertaken post-qualification completion and paid at the appropriate rate for the skill level.
  4. The following applicants do not have to meet the work experience requirement listed above:
    • International graduates of South Australian education institutions who have completed a PhD or Masters by Research.

Preferred 491 nomination requirements for South Australia

In addition to the mandatory requirements listed above, applicants who meet the following conditions will have a better chance of being invited to submit an application.

English requirements

Applicants with Proficient English overall or higher

Points Requirements

Applicants with at least 90 Points in your Expression of Interest (including state-nomination points)

Working Experience in South Australia

Applicants who are currently working in South Australia for at least the last 12 months in their nominated or closely related occupation and claiming Points for Australian work experience

Residency in South Australia

Applicants who are currently living and working in outer regional South Australia.

Critical Skills

Applicants who meet the critical skills listed here for Commonwealth Government’s Travel Exemption Requirements

Document Checklist for South Australia 491 nomination application


A copy of the biographical details page of your current valid passport. This page must include photograph, name, date of birth and passport number. This document is also required for your partner, if you are including them in your application.

Skills Assessment

You will require a positive and valid skills assessment, assessed by the relevant skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation. All pages of the skills assessment must be uploaded.

English Language

You will require a copy of your English language test certificate from one of the following providers:

English language test results must be less than three years old at the time of nomination application decision.

Citizens and passport holders of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand do not need to provide an English language test result, unless you are claiming English points on your EOI.


To prove qualifications you will need a graduation certificate and/or academic transcript for:

  • any qualification relevant to your nominated occupation and;
  • any qualification(s) you are claiming points for in your EOI.

In addition to the above, for any qualification(s) completed in Australia:

  • An academic transcript or a letter from your Education Provider confirming course completion, duration of the course and campus.
  • If the applicant is claiming Specialist education qualification points, upload the copy of the academic transcript and/or graduation certificate for the Masters by Research or PhD from an Australian education provider.

Employment Reference Letter

Letters from your employer(s) will need to cover:

  • the work experience period required for your nominated occupation [hyperlink to occupation list] and;
  • any work experience you are claiming points for in your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) and;
  • any Australian work experience

Onshore and Offshore Work Experience

You will require letter(s) from current and previous employer(s)* confirming the following:

  • job title
  • duties and tasks
  • salary, number of hours worked per week
  • employment duration
  • letter(s) must be on approved company letterhead and dated and signed by the relevant manager or the human resources section.
  • the letter(s) must detail the name, position, email address and contact number of the relevant manager or the human resources section.

Payment Evidence

Work experience documents listed below need to cover the South Australian work experience period required for your nominated occupation

    • Payslips
    • Bank statements
    • PAYG Payment Summary or Income Statement from myGov (if available)
    • Notification of Assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office (if available)
    • Self employed: Invoices, Annual Tax Return, Notice of Assessment, Bank statements

Proof of Residing in South Australia

    • Bank statements in your name showing salary transactions and daily expenses for the work experience period required for your nominated occupation
    • Current Lease agreement(s) with proof of rental payments
    • Utility bill for the last 6 months (for example, gas, electricity, water or rates bill)
    • Current Vehicle Registration


How to apply for South Australia 491 visa?

Step 1 – EOI for South Australia 491

You must submit a valid EOI (Expression of Interest) for Victoria 491, and ensure the information in the EOI is accurate and up to date.

Step 2 – State Nomination Application for Victoria 491

Submit the official nomination application to South Australia.

Step 3 – Apply for 491 Visa

Once your state nomination application has been approved, you will receive the approval letter and also the invitation to make an application for the 491 skilled visa.

Step 4 – Respond to any RFI requests by the Immigration

When Department of Home Affairs assess your visa application, they may send a number of RFI (Request for Further Information) to ask for more information for verification before making a decision on your visa application. It is critical that you need to fully understand the 491 visa requirement before you make the application.

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