Western Australia offers State nomination for the permanent Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the temporary Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491).
The process for obtaining State nomination is as follows.
1 Submit an eligible Expression of Interest (EOI) in the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect database.
Your EOI must:
indicate that you are seeking nomination from Western Australia; or any State or Territory.
Score at least 65 points in the Department of Home Affairs points test. This includes the points for State nomination which are automatically included in your EOI:
Have evidence of a skills assessment suitable for permanent migration in your nominated occupation. See the Home Affairs website for more information on skills assessments and skills assessing authorities.
Have a nominated occupation that is available for your intended visa subclass on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) for the general stream; or the Graduate Occupation List (GOL) for the graduate stream.
If you are using the graduate stream, the details of your Western Australian study, including the address and postcode of the Western Australian campus of the educational institution must be included in your EOI. Visit the Graduate stream requirements page for more information.
Show that you meet the English language requirements. If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you are not required to sit an English exam to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination.
Visit the Graduate stream requirements page or the General stream requirements page for more information on English requirements.
Be younger than 45 years of age.
If are applying for the General stream, you must be able to claim points for, and give evidence of work experience.
If you are applying for the Graduate stream and intend to demonstrate six months of Australian work experience, you must include this information in your EOI in SkillsSelect, even if you cannot claim points for this.
2 WA Migration Services reviews EOIs in SkillSelect and invites eligible applicants to apply for State nomination based on a ranking system. Visit the invitation rounds page for further information on ranking. If you are invited to apply, you will receive an email with a link to the State nomination application form. You have up to 28 days to complete the application and it will include three multiple choice questionnaires to test your knowledge of Western Australia. You will receive links to relevant websites to help with your research.
To be approved, your application must meet the State nomination criteria, which includes additional requirements depending on your intended stream. Visit the General stream requirements page or the Graduate stream requirements page for further information.
You will need to provide documents to show you meet all the State nomination criteria and any documents submitted should be high quality copies of the original. Once you submit your application, you may be asked to provide further information by email.
A $200 non-refundable application fee applies.
It is important that all information in your EOI is accurate and not misleading. If you are invited to apply for WA State nomination and subsequently it is found that misleading or false information was submitted in your EOI, your State nomination application may be declined.
If your EOI is amended during the application process, resulting in a reduction of your points score and/or ranking, evidence must be provided to substantiate the points claimed in your EOI.
Please check the accuracy of the information entered in your EOI on SkillSelect.
3 If your application is successful, WA Migration Services nominates you in SkillSelect and you automatically receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application.
All successful applicants are required to:
register their arrival with WA Migration Services;
live and work in Western Australia for two years upon arrival; and
complete a settlement survey every six months for this two year period.
Some occupations need licensing or registration before you are able to work in Western Australia. A positive skills assessment and State nomination do not guarantee that you will meet the requirements of the relevant licensing or registration authority. You should check the requirements for your nominated occupation before applying for State nomination.
SkillSelect is an online service provided by the Department of Home Affairs that enables skilled workers who are interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI. Intending migrants may be identified and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or State and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Commonwealth Government to lodge a visa application. For more information and to submit an EOI, visit the
Department of Home Affairs website.
WA Migration Services provides an
information and referral service for skilled migrants. The Migration Services
team and website can provide you with information on childcare and education; employment; emergency services; finding a house; health/hospitals; public transport and sport and recreation.
In Australia, migration agents must be
registered with the Department of Home Affairs Office of the Migration
Agents Registration Authority. If you choose to use a migration agent, it is
important that you check that the agent is properly registered.
information about migration agents, visit the
Migration Agents Registration Authority website.