Let us find out how the year 2018 went by for South Australia in terms of immigration programs in this very busy program year.
Immigration SA has processed 2,569 nominations under the GSM program for 2017/18, now currently tracking at 1,909 year to date for the first half of the current financial year.
The state has also conducted 58 support service events that were attended by over 2,100 newly arrived migrants. The events included monthly “Welcome to SA” information sessions, employments workshops and spotlight seminars.
From January to December (YTD) we have responded to over 7200 enquiries (email, phone or online enquiries), completed 879 qualification assessments, and 15 overseas skilled trades people in licensed trades received a subsidy to undertake skills gap training to advance to a full trade license.
Immigration SA’s Business Migration Program is famous and over the past 12 months. The business migration team held an impressive 684 face-to-face client meetings in addition to welcoming 17 delegations of potential clients to South Australia from China and Malaysia.
Immigration SA was very active in connecting with International graduates and thus has invited many students for permanent residency as well. Immigration SA has attended three university career expos along with targeted seminars to inform hundreds of students the immigration process and options available for students seeking to make SA their home.
Immigration SA launched a new pilot program to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs to South Australia. The state was selected as the pilot state for the three-year Supporting Innovation in South Australia visa to encourage budding foreign entrepreneurs, with business ideas centred around emerging industries-such as space, cyber security, big data, agribusiness, medical technology and robotics.
Earlier this year, Immigration SA underwent a major upgrade to online application system. The new process now offers one platform for migration agents and clients to manage their application status and meeting requests through the Immigration SA Apply website. A smarter application process has been created by Immigration SA to invite skill migrants and business migrants.
Immigration SA is open to accept online applications. However, the office is closed from 21st December 2018 and will re-open on January 2, 2019.
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