Record Year Expected For Migrants in South Australia

by Ray Clancy on January 28, 2015

in Australia Immigration, Jobs in Australia

Skilled and business migrants are increasingly looking to settle in South Australia and officials are expecting a record year.

There has been a significant increase on the number of visa nominations. In 2013/2014, some 2,226 skilled migrants and 130 new business migrants were nominated by the State Government to relocate to South Australia, an increase from 1,766 and 37 respectively in 2012/2013.

‘We are on track to have record numbers of skilled and business migrants choosing South Australia in 2014/2015, a key element for delivering the Government’s plan for promoting South Australia’s international connections and engagement,’ said the Minister for Investment and Trade, Martin Hamilton-Smith.

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Record numbers of skilled and business migrants are expected to choose South Australia in 2014/2015

‘Attracting business and skilled migrants to South Australia is critical, as it helps create further investment, job opportunities and greater industry capability. We are actively encouraging these migrants, and their families, to consider settling in South Australia’s regional communities,’ he explained.

‘Attracting the best and brightest from around the world is critical to filling skills shortages and boosting economic activity and industry productivity. Migrants have the potential to bring a new set of skills, connections and international experiences that can help grow and modernise our economy,’ he added.

An example is registered nurse Supraja Elaiyavalli who arrived in Australia from the United States in 2012. The 28 year old lives in Ceduna and said being in regional South Australia had been the best way to immerse herself into Australia’s culture.

‘I love it here. When I first applied for a job I thought Ceduna was a suburb of Adelaide, but I soon learned that the people are really friendly, there’s the ocean two blocks away and I’ve been able to experience things I never would have, living in Adelaide,’ she said.

‘You learn about Australia and Aboriginal culture, and because you can’t stick to your own ethnic group as you would in the city you make friends with the locals very quickly,’ she added.

Meanwhile, Immigration South Australia has expanded the South Australian Graduate List requirements to include vocational, education and training (VET) graduates from South Australia. These changes have been made in consultation with the South Australian branch of the MIA.

VET graduates of South Australia will need to be currently working for 12 months or more in their nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia for a minimum 20 hours per week or currently working for six months or more in their nominated or closely related occupation in a country region of South Australia.

To be considered to be working in a country region of South Australia, they must be employed and residing in an area outside of Greater Adelaide.

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