Published Jun 9, 2022
 by PTA

Western Australia Migration

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Western Australia Migration

Western Australia has finally opened to the world! After many years we have learnt that WA Migration has finally loosened its requirements.

This article is going to discuss Western Australia Migration. The information provided today is general in nature.

I am going to discuss:

  • Why you need State Nomination
  • The State Occupations Lists
  • The Different Streams for State Nomination
  • The Requirements for WA State Nomination
  • What is the process

Why you need State Nomination?

Western Australia Nomination is required for State Nominated (Subclass 190) and Skilled Regional Nominated (Subclass 491). These are both visas in the General Skilled Migration Stream (please check out the links below for more information on these visas).

In order to apply for these visas, you must be nominated by a state or territory. Each state has their own occupation list and state nomination requirements. Previously WA was very tight with their invitations in comparison to many other states. However just recently, they have become a lot more inviting. They are inviting more occupations and have even open up to offshore applicants.

The Western Australia State Occupation List

Each state has an occupation list of professions that they are looking to nominate. If your occupation is not on this list, it is very unlikely you will receive an invite.

Western Australia recently came out with a massively increased occupation list. You can find a link to it below:

As you scroll through it you can see there is hundreds of jobs.

What are the Streams for WA Nomination?

There are a few different streams for WA Nomination. Each stream has different requirements. WA Recently opened up to offshore applicants. However, WA State Migration will giving preference to applicants currently residing in WA, followed by those residing in Australia and then those residing overseas. So it is still much more difficult to get an invite from overseas.

The streams include:

  • The Graduate Stream
  • The General Stream Schedule 1
  • The General Stream Schedule 2

Each Stream has different requirements:

The Graduate Stream requires you to:

  • Have studied in WA for at least 2 years at a vocational or higher level
  • Live in Australia
  • Meet the English Requirement (Proficient or Competent English) – depending on your occupation
  • Have an employment contract in your occupation from a WA Employer OR have at least 6 months of work experience in the relevant field

The General Stream 1 requires you to:

  • Meet the English Requirement (Proficient or Competent English) – depending on your occupation
  • Work Experience – Have at least 1 year of work experience in Aus or 3 years overseas
  • Have an employment contract in your occupation from a WA Employer for 12 months
  • If you are outside WA you will also need to show sufficient finances

The General Stream 2 requires you to:

  • Meet the English Requirement (Proficient or Competent English) – depending on your occupation
  • Have an employment contract in your occupation from a WA Employer for 12 months
  • If you are outside WA you will also need to show sufficient finances

What is the process?

The process is the same as most other states. Before you can apply for the 491 or 190 visa, you must first express your interest and receive an invitation from state migration.

  • Submit an Expression of Interest on the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect and indicate whether the candidate is seeking either nomination from ʻWestern Australia’ or ʻany state or territory’.
  • Please note, you must still meet the eligibility requirements for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and score more than 65 points
  • WA Migration can then choose to invite the applicant to apply and if you are invited you will receive an email from WA Migration. You will then need to provide documents to WA Migration and receive an invitation to apply for the visa through your immi account.

There is no guarantee you will receive an invitation. The chances of you receiving an invite depend a lot on your specific occupation (and how many other applicants applied in your profession), your location (preference given to those living and working in WA), and also your points.

I hope you found this information useful. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Pathway to Aus

Western Australia Migration was last modified: June 19th, 2022 by PTA
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