Immigration SA has announced a trial program which allows holders of a South Australian state nominated provisional visa (subclass 489, 475, 487 and 495) and that are living and working in South Australia to apply for a subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Permanent visa.
The offer allows applicants to forego the traditional 887 pathway, and is only available from 14 May until 15 June 2014 (or until the quota is filled).
Traditionally, the holder of a state nominated provisional visa must live for at least two years and work full time for 12 months in a specified regional area of Australia before they can apply for their permanent residency.
Applications made under this program will be priority processed. Eligibility criterion for the 190 visa can be viewed here.
Migration Solutions would like to point out that despite Immigration SA’s announcement that they will accept positive skills assessments from applicants regardless of their validity, they will still require a valid skills assessment in order to be granted a visa from the Immigration Department.
Different pricing strucutres for the two visa types is also an influencing factor that applicants are being encouraged to consider. A comparison of the two visas can be seen below:
Anyone interested in discussing this offer further is encouraged to contact Migration Solutions and arrange a consultation to discuss their options.