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Depending on your requirements, you may be able to sponsor workers on either a temporary visa or a permanent visa. Below is a brief outline of the current visa options. If you think any of them might suit your business needs, check the Department of Home Affairs website to find out:

  • the most up to date information;

  • how each visa works;

  • eligibility requirements;

  • your obligations;

  • the worker's obligations; and

  • how to apply. 

 

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements and criteria differ widely from visa to visa but generally the applicant worker must have the following:

  • proficiency in the English language;

  • good health;

  • good character;

  • their skills assessed or already possess relevant qualifications to the position; and

  • meet any age restrictions.

 

Temporary visas

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

WA Migration Services is a regional certifying body for this visa. Visit our Certification of regional visas section for further information.

Temporary skill shortage visa (subclass 482)

This visa allows employees to work in Australia temporarily. They may also be able to bring in eligible family members.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Labour agreements

Labour agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Commonwealth which allow for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers. This program allows you to employ overseas workers on temporary or permanent visas. 
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.


Permanent visas

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa. You must be able to offer a position that is full time and ongoing for at least two years.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.


Other visa options

The Department of Home Affairs website has a visa finder that shows a range of visas that may be available to your potential worker. Talking to a migration agent could also be helpful.

A list of registered migration agents is available from the Department of Home Affairs Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority

News

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above. 

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available.  

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated. 

Fun Fact
Aboriginal art – There are more than 10 000 ancient rock engravings, some dating back 10 000 years at the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier, Western Australia.