South Australia’s Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Exhausted: Exploring Alternative Pathways for Successful Migration

South Australia’s Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa allocations for the 2022-23 program year have been completely exhausted. However, there’s no need to worry! The General Skilled Migration program will remain open until 8 June 2023, providing individuals with an opportunity to explore alternative pathways for successful migration. This article will delve into the recent migration change and present the options for those affected by the Subclass 190 visa exhaustion.


The Depletion of South Australia’s Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Allocation

In a significant development, South Australia’s Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa allocations for the 2022-23 program year have reached their limit. This means that no further nominations will be granted for this visa subclass within the current program year, creating a temporary hurdle for prospective applicants.

General Skilled Migration Program to the Rescue

While the Subclass 190 visa allocation has been exhausted, South Australia’s General Skilled Migration program comes to the rescue. This program will continue accepting applications until 8 June 2023, opening doors for individuals who meet the requirements to explore alternative pathways.

Exploring Options for Successful Migration

Electing to be Nominated in the 2023-2024 Program Year

Applicants who were assessed as eligible for a Subclass 190 nomination can choose to be nominated in the upcoming 2023-2024 program year. This option eliminates the need to resubmit an application as long as the eligibility requirements were met at the time of lodgement. Once the allocation of subclass 190 visas is available in the new program year, the nomination will be granted, paving the way for successful migration.

Considering a Subclass 491 Nomination

In light of the Subclass 190 visa exhaustion, individuals have the opportunity to consider a Subclass 491 nomination for the current program year. Although this is an alternate visa subclass, it still offers a pathway to live and work in South Australia, ensuring that migration aspirations are not hampered by the recent changes.

Withdrawing the Subclass 190 Application and Requesting a Refund

For those who wish to explore other migration options, it is possible to withdraw their Subclass 190 application and request a refund. However, it is crucial to note that future applications will be assessed against new criteria. Additionally, it’s important to consider that refunds will not be offered to applicants who do not meet the published criteria.

To access further relevant information, please follow this link: South Australia Government – Skilled and Business Migration


While South Australia’s Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa allocation for the 2022-23 program year has been exhausted, the General Skilled Migration program remains open until 8 June 2023, offering a lifeline to individuals seeking successful migration. By exploring options such as nomination in the upcoming program year or considering a Subclass 491 nomination, applicants can still achieve their dreams of living and working in South Australia.

Navigating the complexities of skilled nominated visas and migration processes can be overwhelming. If you require professional guidance or have any queries regarding South Australia’s Skilled Migration program, NB Migration Law is available to provide expert assistance. Our knowledgeable team can address your concerns and provide tailored advice to ensure a smooth migration experience.


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