On 4 September 2014, Immigration SA announced new changes to their nomination criteria for the General Skilled Migration 190/489 visas which will benefit certain passport holders. An English language exemption is now offered to holders of the following passports:

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United States of America
  • Republic of Ireland.

So, what does this mean? If you hold one of the above passports, you no longer need to provide Immigration SA with an English language test, such as IELTS or OET, regardless of the English language requirement for your nominated occupation. The exemption applies to offshore applicants and to international graduates of South Australia holding an exempt passport.  International graduates with an exempt passport (only South Australian graduates) may also take advantage of Immigration SA’s work experience waiver for ‘available’ occupations.

It is important to note that Immigration SA’s nomination requirements are separate to the visa application and skill assessment requirements. If you need to claim points for English language skills on the ‘Points Test’ to meet the visa requirements, then you will need a suitable IELTS or OET result.

Are you interested in applying for nomination from South Australia? Not sure if you meet the requirements? Don’t know how to apply? Let us guide you through the process. We look forward to helping you find the solution!