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s.48 Bar lifted for certain skilled visas in South Australia


The Australian Government has amended the Migration Act 1958 to allow applicants subject to a 'section 48 bar' to lodge a visa application from within Australia, for certain skilled visa subclasses.

From 13 November 2021, onshore applicants affected by the section 48 bar can apply for the following three skilled visas:

  • Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494).

The legislative change will mean section 48 will no longer be a barrier to these onshore skilled migrants applying for South Australian state nomination.

As a result, applicants currently subject to a section 48 bar for the subclass 491 and 190 visas are no longer required to provide confirmation they will be travelling offshore to lodge their visa application, when applying for South Australian state nomination.

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