Western Australia gives priority to State nomination applicants currently residing in WA

The Western Australian government has announced on 22 October 2021 changes to their State nomination ranking system for Skilled visas. Preference will be given to applicants currently residing in Western Australia. The following tables show the priority given applicants in descending order with those applicants currently residing in Western Australia on the top of the priority list.

General Stream
1. Currently residing in Western Australia
2. Currently residing in another Australian state or territory
3. Highest EOI points score
4. Oldest EOI submission date

For the Graduate stream, nomination is divided into 2 categories: Higher education graduates and VET graduates. For the Graduate stream nominations, it should be noted that up to 75% of the Graduate stream nominations will be made for higher education graduates and up to 25% will be made for VET graduates.

Graduate stream — Higher education graduatesGraduate stream — VET graduates
1. Currently residing in Western Australia1. Currently residing in Western Australia
2. Currently residing in another Australian State or territory2. Currently residing in another Australian State or territory
3. Completed a PhD or Masters qualification in Western Australia3. Completed a VET qualification at Advanced Diploma level in Western Australia
4. Completed an Honours degree or other higher degree in Western Australia4. Completed a VET qualification at Diploma level in Western Australia
5. Completed a Bachelor degree in Western Australia5. Completed a VET qualification at Certificate IV level in Western Australia

To be eligible for Western Australia State Nomination, applicants must meet the requirements for the stream that they are applying to. The table below shows the various requirements for each of the 3 streams.

Category​General stream WASMOL Schedule 1​General stream WASMOL Schedule 2​Graduate stream
​Meet Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the intended visa subclassYYY
​Nominated occupation is available on the relevant list​WA skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) schedule 1​WA skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) schedule 2​Graduate occupation list (GOL)
Currently reside in AustraliaYYY
​Meet minimum English requirements for the nominated occupationYYY
Work experience​A least one year Australian or three years overseas work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupationNAt least six months paid Australian work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation.
OR
​​Full time employment contract in WA for a minimum of six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.
​Contract of employment*​Full time employment contract in WA* for a minimum of 12 months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.​Full time employment contract in WA* for a minimum of 12 months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.At least six months paid Australian work experience in nominated (or closely related) occupation.
OR
​​Full time employment contract in WA for a minimum of six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.
Have a Certificate III or above qualification from an accredited WA educational institutionNNY
​Meet the two years WA study requirementNNY
​Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds​Only if you are not currently living in WA​Only if you are not currently living in WA​Only if you are not currently living in WA

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you are interested in applying to the Western Australia State Nomination visas.

Source: https://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/latest-news

https://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/invitation-rounds

https://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/about-state-nomination

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