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Migration pathways and skilled visas

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through Western Australian (WA) Migration Services, provides a range of services and information to help skilled migrants settle and work in WA. 

If you have a proven background in owning or managing a business or investments, you may also be eligible to apply for business migration.

Please read through the following information for further details.

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Migration pathways to WA

Broadly speaking, migration in Australia is made up of three streams: humanitarian, family and skilled. The stream suitable for you depends on many factors including your age, occupation and employment status. To find out if you are eligible to apply for an Australian visa under one of these streams, visit the Department of Home Affairs' (Home Affairs) Visa Finder(opens in a new tab).

Alternative migration pathways

The following migration pathways are also available, as alternatives to the State nomination pathway. 

Migration advice

If you would like to appoint someone to provide immigration assistance, they must be either:

  • a registered migration agent;
  • a legal practitioner; or
  • an exempt person.

The Home Affairs website has useful information about ensuring you appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to assist you(opens in a new tab)

There is no legal requirement to use a migration agent. If you do decide to, it is important that you check that the agent is properly registered.

The Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) is the official portal and search facility for registered migration agents. To choose the right agent for you, follow the steps listed on their website(opens in a new tab).

Assistance with migration.

WA Migration Services can provide you with information about the State nomination application process and criteria, but we cannot help you with your application or provide migration advice.